Netflix axes Resident Evil series after just one season

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Netflix has canned its TV show adaptation of Resident Evil on Friday – and many have breathed a sigh of relief.

The series doesn't stick to the game's canon, and uses the lore more as inspiration than a roadmap. That may be why it's garnered a rating of 3.9 on Rotten Tomatoes, reflecting the largely negative response of many diehard fans of the Resident Evil Capcom game franchise, which made its PlayStation debut back in 1996.

In a Deadline exclusive, it was announced that the popular streaming service decided not to renew the action-horror show after its first season failed to break the skin for many viewers.

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A bitter taste

On Saturday, actor Lance Reddick, who played the iconic villain and Umbrella Corporation heavyweight Albert Wesker, posted a heartfelt message to the show's supporters on his Twitter account.

"The haters and the trolls notwithstanding, I wanted to give a special thank you to all the fans who watched the show, who got what we were doing, and who really loved it – because there is a hell of a lot of you," he said in a short video on his Twitter account.

He then went on to thank showrunner Andrew Dabb, his fellow co-stars, and "the executives at Netflix who believed in the show." 

Off the back of this, fans of Wesker and the legacy he brought to Resident Evil will be excited to learn that the date for Dead By Daylight's Project W chapter release has been announced.

On September 30, the asymmetrical horror game will add Wesker to their roster of bloodthirsty Killers as players pick a side and fight for escape – or for sacrifice – in The Entity's domain.

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Jasmine is a freelance writer and podcaster based in the UK. Whether it's a Sims 4 lore deep-dive or a guide to securing kills in Dead By Daylight, her work is featured on TheGamer as well as the door of her mother's fridge. When she's not aggressively championing the Oxford comma on Twitter, you can find her scoping out the local music scene or buying gaudy Halloween decorations all year round.