The timeline for the Resident Evil games can be a bit confusing to map out in your head, especially since most of the first games took place in the same year and some of the spin-offs occur between games. Fortunately, most mainline titles launch in a linear fashion, without flashbacks or confusing time jumps. However, the Shadow of Rose DLC for Resident Evil: Village has the franchise’s biggest time jump yet. If the math is correct, the DLC’s story takes place in the distant future.
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When does Shadow of Rose take place?
Spoilers for the main campaign mode in Resident Evil: Village, Ethan Winters sacrifices himself for the safety of his daughter Rose when she is a baby. Shadow of Rose begins when Rose is sixteen years old. The Village events occurred in February 2021, which means Shadow of Rose takes place in the distant future of 2037. The DLC story is the biggest time jump the franchise has ever encountered, and it is unknown if the series will pick up where Shadow of Rose ends or take place in the years before Shadow of Rose. Rose’s unique biology could also have artificially aged her.
Rose’s story in the DLC is more personal and does not affect the narrative of the main games. Future titles in the Resident Evil franchise may take place between the end of the Village and Shadow of Rose without affecting Rose’s character too much. However, Village establishes that Chris Redfield is a major figure in Rose’s life, so it’s a mystery how a young Rose will affect Chris’s character as the franchise progresses beyond the end of Village.
The rest of the Resident Evil timeline
Most of the mainline Resident Evil games take place around the year of the game’s release. The original trilogy took place in the same year, 1998, before moving into the early 2000s with Resident Evil 4. Resident Evil 6 was the first game in the main series to take place in the future; the game was released in 2012 but it takes place in 2013. The first Resident Evil Revelations game was released in 2012 but it takes place in 2005.
Below is the full list of Resident Evil games timeline:
- Resident Evil 0
- demonic resident
- resident evil 2
- Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
- Resident Evil Code: Veronica
- 2004 — 2005
- Evil Residence Revelations
- Resident Evil: Revelations 2
- Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
- Resident Evil: Village (main campaign)
- 2037 (?)
- Resident Evil: Village (Shade of Pink)