The Electronic Entertainment Expo, commonly known as E3, is an annual trade show for the computer and video games industry presented by the Entertainment Software Association (ESA). It is used by many video game developers to show off their upcoming games and game-related hardware.

Resident Evil at E3

2002's show included a trailer for the recently announced Resident Evil: Online. The trailer showed off numerous scenes of gameplay spliced with cutscene intervals. Many off the backgrounds would be cut from the finished game, with most of them being used in the 2004 expansion pack Resident Evil Outbreak File #2. The soon-to-be-released Resident Evil 0 was available for playthroughs, and showed the first parts of the game - still sharing some similarities to its E3 2000 counterpart, along with the introductory cutscene.

The 2003 show, which was held in Los Angeles between May 14 and May 16, showed the most Resident Evil games simultaneously advertised. A trailer for Resident Evil 4 was shown, which appeared differently from other iterations in development - this and the versions preceding it became known as "Biohazard 3.5". Gameplay of Resident Evil: Dead Aim was shown a mere month before its release, containing fights with Hunters and the Tyrant 091. An updated version of Resident Evil CODE:Veronica was also advertised.

At the E3 2005 show, Capcom finally presented part of their final-version of Resident Evil 4.


The following are all appearances of Resident Evil at E3.

Year Game Format
1997 Resident Evil Gameplay
1997 Resident Evil 2
1998 Resident Evil: The Director's Cut[1] Gameplay
1998 Resident Evil 2: DualShock version[2]
1999 Resident Evil 2 (N64 version)
1999 Resident Evil 3: Nemesis
1999 Resident Evil CODE:Veronica
2000 Resident Evil Zero
2000 Resident Evil Survivor
2002 Resident Evil 0
2002 Resident Evil: Online
2003 Resident Evil 4
2003 Resident Evil CODE:Veronica X
2003 Resident Evil Outbreak
2003 Resident Evil: Dead Aim
2004 Resident Evil 4]
2005 Resident Evil 4
2007 Resident Evil 5
2007 Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles
2008 Resident Evil 5
2009 Resident Evil Portable
2009 Resident Evil: The Darkside Chronicles
2010 Resident Evil 5 Gameplay (with PlayStation Move)
2010 Resident Evil: Revelations Cinematic
2011 Resident Evil: Revelations Gameplay
2011 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City Cinematic
2012 Resident Evil 6
2012 Resident Evil: Operation Raccoon City
2014 Resident Evil: Revelations 2
2016 Resident Evil 7: Biohazard