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The Hive Outbreak was a biohazardous incident that occurred In September 2002, committed by Umbrella operative Spence.


In an act to foil his lover, Alice, and her plans to expose Umbrella with Lisa Addison, Spence made his way into the virus chamber and stole several samples for the black market. He tossed a single container onto the ground as he exited the secure room a way to cover his tracks. The escaped virus quickly became airborne and travelled through the Hive's air conditioning system and made its way through the facility. The Red Queen, in an attempt to stop a disastrous viral outbreak, sealed off the offices in the facility and filled them with halon gas, suffocating everyone within. Elsewhere, the computer system flooded the laboratories with water, drowning doctors Anna Bolt, Dr. Blue and Dr. Brown among others. Further attempts to kill the population resulted in elevator cables being cut and their safety devices rendered inert. Finally, a nerve gas was released inside both the facility's secondary entrance and its transport train, knocking Alice and Spence out.


In her haste to stop the spread, the Red Queen did not notify the company as to the facility's situation, leading to an investigation. Some five hours after the attack, the Sanitation team arrived at the secondary entrance to the facility - a mansion in the nearby mountains. Inside they stumbled upon the recently awakened Alice, who was suffering from amnesia due to the nerve gas, and Lisa's brother Matt, who had entered the mansion as part of his investigation. The squad then took the two to the train, where they discovered Spence, who like Alice, was suffering from amnesia from the nerve gas.

With nowhere else to go, the three were taken down into the Hive with the squad. Initially, the team found no bodies at all, with the exception of Dr. Bolt and her team, still floating in what had become a water tank. Eventually, the team succeeded in disabling the Red Queen, loosing several of their members in the process - their leader and medic among them. This move, however, led to the release of all locks around the facility. Even worse, it would soon be revealed that the Red Queen had failed to permanently exterminate the infected - the personnel were now Undead.

A surprise attack on the team by the Undead would lead to more casualties, forcing the rest to escape through access ways. The team would realize that they would have to restore the Queen to bring order to the chaos. She would reveal to them that they were all infected with the virus, and so she would not allow them to escape the facility. Meanwhile, after regaining his memories and remembering that he started the outbreak in the Hive after stealing the T-Virus, Spence betrayed the others and made his way to the transport terminal to go out alone, but was attacked and killed by an escaped licker. With the Queen still not letting them go due to the hopelessness of Rain's case - the T-Virus had surpassed curable levels in her body - Alice attacked the AI before she was shut down for good by team member Kaplan, and the two headed for the train with Rain and Matt. After reaching the station and Alice took Spence's suitcase from him, which also contained samples of the anti-virus - evidently, Spence planned to sell these on the black market too - and killed him again after he reanimated.

Giving the anti-virus to those who needed it, the survivors were then attacked by the Licker which, before its death, killed Kaplan and infected Matt with a mutant strain of the virus. During this time, Rain died and reanimated as an Undead as the Red Queen expected, forcing Matt to kill her for good. Making it to the mansion, Alice and Matt were confronted by a team of Umbrella scientists, who strapped the two to stretchers for immediate biological study, with Matt being placed on the "Nemesis program". Their next order of business: the reopening of the Hive.


The Hive was eventually reclaimed by Umbrella at some point during the Global T-Virus pandemic and became a Noah's Ark of sorts for the Umbrella High Command and thousands of others held in stasis to wait out the "apocalypse." Despite reclaiming the Hive, Umbrella made no apparent efforts to repair the damage done by the outbreak nor clean up after it. The Hive was later destroyed by Alice, and all those in stasis there perished, thus bringing an end to the Umbrella Corporation.

Further Notes[]

  • In the novelization of The Final Chapter, the Red Queen explains that her actions were not only to contain the T-virus to the Hive, but also to stop the apocalyptic plot of Doctor Alexander Isaacs, something she failed in when the Hive was reopened. This is also indicated by dialogue in the movie when she tells Alice that ten years before they failed to stop Isaacs plan and can't afford to fail again.
  • In The Final Chapter, while the Hive has been reclaimed by Umbrella until its destruction at Alice's hands, its shown to have lasting damage from the outbreak and at least one T-virus mutation loose in its halls.