Resident Evil 5, known in Japan as Biohazard 5 (バイオハザード5, Baiohazādo 5), is an action video game developed and published by Capcom. The game is the fifth main installment in the Resident Evil series. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles in March 2009 and for Microsoft Windows in September. The plot of Resident Evil 5 revolves around Chris Redfield and Sheva Alomar's investigation of a terrorist threat in Kijuju, a fictional region in Africa. Chris soon finds he has to confront his past in the shape of old enemy Albert Wesker.
The game was announced in 2005, the same year that its predecessor Resident Evil 4 was released. Several staff members from the original Resident Evil worked on Resident Evil 5. Motion capture was used to film the game's cutscenes, and Resident Evil 5 was the first video game to use virtual camera technology. Its gameplay was kept similar to the previous installment, though the game's producer Jun Takeuchi said that some thematics from the original game were used.