It looks like Capcom’s Resident Evil brand will have no shortage of exposure in 2021. Yet another project was announced over the weekend at Tokyo Game Show, this one a CGI animated series called Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness. It’ll premiere on Netflix worldwide.
The series, which will star iconic characters Leon S. Kennedy and Claire Redfield, was teased during the show with this brief trailer. Claire has a flashlight! Leon has a gun! That’s all anyone knows, beyond Capcom’s official description: â€śBy adding suspense into dynamic action scenes, this series will reveal a Resident Evil world unlike anything seen before.” But it’s not like suspense and action HAVEN’T been combined in the RE series yet.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is being developed under the close supervision of producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who has overseen several of the games. He’s also been involved with three previous animated RE productions, all of them movies: Resident Evil: Degeneration, Resident Evil: Damnation, and Resident Evil: Vendetta. TMS Entertainment is listed as producing the series, unusual since their claim to fame is 2-D animation. The actual animation itself, however, will be done by a company called Quebico.
The fact that Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness uses direct characters from the game will probably come as welcome news to folks let down by Netflix’s OTHER Resident Evil series in production, which focuses on Albert Wesker’s “twin daughters” Jade and Billie Wesker, who move to “New Raccoon City.” That series is described as taking place on two timelines, one where Jade and Billie are fourteen and start noticing strange things happening within city limits, and a post-apocalyptic future where Billie is missing. The live-action series has no title yet.
Between those two shows and the fact that the eighth proper game in the Resident Evil series is on the way, 2021 will be a good year to be a Resident Evil fan. According to the law of averages at least one of these things has to be good (though we wouldn’t bet on the live-action series).