Resident Evil is a Japanese media franchise based on video games of the same name. Its owner is Capcom. Moreover, this series has a very rich genre theme: shooter (first and third person), horror, strategy for survival among zombies and other monsters. Thanks to its many directions, the franchise is constantly replenished with full-length cartoons, action films, TV horror films, audio dramas, and novels. The creators of the first episode are Tokuro Fujiwara and Shinji Mikami. They released the game in 1996 for the PlayStation. In Japan, it is known under another name – Biohazard.
Meaning and History
The game received individual symbols right at the start because it needed to identify itself and stand out from its counterparts. After all, Resident Evil tells about the most common plot – the confrontation between people and zombies. It currently exists in eight full editions and three remakes. Each of them has its logo.
The base of the debut logo was the name of the video game. The creators sought to emphasize the ominous atmosphere with minimalism, so they concentrated on the type. The letters in the phrase “Resident Evil” turned out to be narrow, elongated, bright scarlet, closely spaced to each other. In their shape and color, they more resemble bloody wounds than printed signs. All characters are in uppercase and cast in pitch-black shadows on a white background on the right side. This technique makes the inscription voluminous and creepy because it seems to be frozen in the air. The edges of the letters are uneven – as if gnawed or torn.
The emblem retains the same style – eerie, bloody, and fatal since the combination of red and black remains a priority. The only change is the number “2”, which denotes the numbering of the next issue. But unlike letters, it is smooth and even, without ragged edges.
The logo of the third issue is radically different from the first two. It is larger and contains more detail. On a dark background dotted with chaotic dots, stripes and textures are the inscriptions “Resident Evil Nemesis.” It spans three lines – one for each word. The visual emphasis is placed on the central part – “Evil,” highlighted in large print. Like the top inscription, it looks like it is broken glass. “Nemesis,” in contrast to them, is made in the form of a stream of blood. The video game number is shown in large size – two lines in size.
This option contains not only text but also a graphic element. It sits in front of the franchise title and looks like falling off body parts or chunks of torn flesh. The color neutralizes the picture’s expression – black is combined with white and not with red. But in reality, it is not an icon, but the number “4”, decorated with sharp fangs and claws. The phrase “resident evil” has been moved to lower case. The letters are completed with a torn edge.
In the center of the emblem, there is a burnt-out fabric, in which the outlines of “5” are guessed. The number is scorched, white, with yellow edges and a stroke extended upwards. On its background is the phrase “Resident Evil,” executed in capital letters in dark red. Fiery reflections and a vascular network filled with red blood are visible around them. Symbols now have classic serifs.
For the sixth version of the logo, the developers chose a strict font – cold, metalized, with light highlights in the letters’ center. The series number is large and is located above the title. It is made in the form of decaying purple-pink flesh.
This time, the designers did not use a separate number for numbering. They played the last three letters in the word “Evil” in an interesting way: the role of 7 is played by the syllable “VIL.” And to get a perfect resemblance to the Roman seven, the developers cut off the last character’s bottom stroke, depicting it as a square dot. They did this with color since the phrase “Resident Evil” is colored black, except for the three indicated letters (dark orange). They added “biohazard” lettering at the bottom, which is smooth, thin, and easy to read.
This franchise logo uses the same graphic technique as the previous one – numbers are made from the text. As a result, the word “VILLAGE” denotes both the title of the issue and its number. The two Ls have the protruding parts cut off at the bottom, so the VILL looks like a Roman figure of a light swamp color. The full name of the franchise is located at the bottom and is made in small printed characters. In all words, the font is smooth, sans serif.
Font and Colors of the Emblem
Each video game release has its label. The name “Resident Evil” is the same in all variants, presented in an individual style. The exceptions were the first and second versions when the designers kept the inscription unchanged by using it twice.
The typeface in the emblems is not united thematically and is different in all cases. But the predominant are flat and wide letters that resemble geometric shapes. In the seventh and eighth parts of the game, the designers added Roman numerals from them.
Colors also differ in variety. If the first issues are supplemented with an emblem in the theme of blood and flesh, then the later ones contain a cold palette: shiny metallic, muted khaki, charcoal black, powdered orange, etc.