Since a teaser trailer that was incorrectly released a day before the official announcement, we have been aware of Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness's development at Netflix. The past has been repeated once more, with a trailer revealing that Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness would soon be available on Netflix in June 2021.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is produced and supervised by Capcom’s Hiroyuki Kobayashi, who is responsible for bringing numerous titles in the Resident Evil series into existence, namely the three undying video-game classics: Resident Evil (original and remake), Resident Evil 2 (original) and Resident Evil 4. Kobayashi produced the animated Resident Evil films Degeneration, Damnation and Vendetta.
TMS Entertainment has produced animated series such as Sonic X and Detective Conan. Spider-Man and Detective Gadget were created by TMS Entertainment. Quebico will oversee the entire 3DCG animation production. Quebico is led by Kei Myamoto (producer of Resident Evil: Vendetta).
Netflix confirmed in May 2021 that Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness would be available on its streamer, July 8th 2021. A new trailer was also unveiled by Netflix. You can see it here.
Capcom unveiled the trailer for Resident Evil, Infinite Darkness on April 15th 2021 during Resident Evil Showcase. This was exclusively for Resident Evil Village. The July release date was also confirmed by Capcom. Netflix shared the trailer several hours later.
Earlier, on September 27th, 2020, Netflix revealed the first teaser trailer for Infinite Darkness, which was very brief and with only a purpose to showcase the project’s existence.
We also have screenshots of Infinite Darkness, key art and character art. These give us an insight into the direction and style of the series.
Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness is set a few years after the iconic and industry-changing hit Resident Evil 4, where Leon traveled to Spain on a very special mission to save the US president’s daughter as after the Raccoon City disaster, he was recruited by the president and became one of his special agents. Infinite Darkness is set in 2006, after that was 2004.
During the April 2021 Resident Evil Showcase stream, Capcom revealed that Infinite Darkness will be set directly in the White House and the president will be none other than Ashley Graham’s father.
Claire Redfield is the sole person to speak about the game. She tells the story of Resident Evil: Code Veronica, which occurred in 1998, and Resident Evil: Revelations 2, which happened in 2011.
But Infinite Darkness isn’t the only story in which Leon and Claire team up after Raccoon City. However, one year prior to Infinite Darkness in 2005 Leon and Claire reunited in a bio-crisis that was featured in Resident Evil: The Degeneration (2008) animated film. Claire and Leon (the US Special Agent) face a new threat. Degeneration is recognized as canon and fits the game’s timeline. We can expect to see references to Degeneration events.
Netflix has unveiled a pretty extensive synopsis for Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness, something which doesn’t happen very often and is sure good to see after many months of absolute silence:
“In 2006, there were traces of improper access to secret Presidential files found in the White House’s network. American federal agent Leon S. Kennedy is among the group invited to the White House to investigate this incident, but when the lights suddenly go out, Leon and the SWAT team are forced to take down a horde of mysterious zombies.
Meanwhile, TerraSave staff member Claire Redfield encounters a mysterious image drawn by a youth in a country she visited, while providing support to refugees. Haunted by this drawing, which appears to be a victim of viral infection, Claire starts her own investigation.
The next morning, Claire visits the White House to request the construction of a welfare facility. There, she has a chance reunion with Leon and uses the opportunity to show him the boy’s drawing. Leon seems to realize some sort of connection between the zombie outbreak at the White House and the strange drawing, but he tells Claire that there is no relation and leaves. In time, these two zombie outbreaks in distant countries lead to events that shake the nation to its very core.”
We are happy to announce that Infinite Darkness' main characters, Leon Kennedy and Claire Redfield (the iconic characters) will now be voiced in Infinite Darkness by Nick Apostolides, and Stephanie Panisello. Panisello and Apostolides voiced Leon in Resident Evil 2, the huge hit remake released in 2019. Netflix announced this on March 12, 2021.
Yes, Infinite Darkness is officially canon in the Resident Evil timeline because it’s being co-produced and approved by Capcom. The question is whether it’s part of the “old” canon of the original games or the “remake” timeline which saw remakes of Resident Evil 2, Resident Evil 3 and will see a remake of Resident Evil 4 in 2022.