The House of the Dead (ザ・ハウス・オブ・ザ・デッド Za Hausu obu za Deddo ) is a horror media franchise owned by Sega. It consists of video games, comics, films, and merchandise.
The main video game series, directed by Takashi Oda, consists of rail shooters for arcades and home consoles. It began with the 1996 release of The House of the Dead, which has been followed by several sequels. Numerous spin-offs also exist -- often with different storylines -- with little involvement by Oda in development.
The franchise involves the creation of hostile biologically-engineered lifeforms by scientists, bioterrorists, and other shadowy entities, who then mastermind incidents for varying reasons. Opposing them are human survivors, most commonly agents of a government organization known as AMS.
|The House of the Dead games|
|Main series||The House of the Dead (Arcade prototype · Sega Saturn prototype) · 2 (Original Sin prototype) · III · 4 (Special) · Scarlet Dawn|
|Spin-offs||Zombie Revenge · The Typing of the Dead (2 · Overkill) · The Pinball of the Dead · English of the Dead · The House of the Dead: Overkill (Extended Cut) · EX · Darts of the Dead · Scarlet Dawn (Battle Genesis · THE ATTRACTION)|
|Compilations||2 & 3 Return|
|Mobile games||Mobile · Nightmare · Overkill: The Lost Reels|
|Non-HOD games||Vampire Night · Sega Golden Gun · Sonic & Sega All-Stars Racing|
|Developers||Sega · Takashi Oda · Namco · Forever Entertainment · MegaPixel Studio · TA Publishing|
- Main article: List of characters
There have been many characters throughout the House of the Dead series. The recurring characters are: