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According to the game's producers Masachika Kawata and James Vance, Umbrella Corps is completely canon with the series' lore, despite not having a story to go along with it.

Quote:The game is not a hypothetical, “what-if” side scenario. Umbrella Corps is set in the present day of Resident Evil, which means it’s after the events of Resident Evil 6. It’s almost in an ironic way that we’re using the title Umbrella Corps. If you know your Resident Evil lore, Umbrella no longer exists at this time in the universe; it’s been destroyed. There’s definitely a kind of a background of the Resident Evil universe that forms the basis of the game’s premise.

As is apparent from the quote, the game's name also bears a strange discrepancy. The Umbrella Corporation is no more, as it was disbanded in 2003, so there should be no corps to go along with it. And no, the characters in the game aren't tied to Neo Umbrella, which is a completely different organization from the original Umbrella.

This part is from the game's official site:
Quote:The year was 2003. Umbrella's secret biological weapon development caused the unprecedented biohazard outbreak that descended upon Raccoon City and led to the collapse of the pharmaceutical conglomerate. However, the destruction of Umbrella did not mean the end of bioterrorism; ironically, their downfall allowed the threat of B.O.W.s to spread further across the globe.

Fast forward to 2015: Bioterror is rampant throughout the world, and the research left behind by Umbrella has only increased in value. Combatants slip into quarantine districts infested with the infected. Many are zombie hunters entering on their own for sport, but behind the scenes are businesses seeking to obtain treatment development rights or develop new B.O.W.s.

Still, Umbrella Corps isn't here to tell you a story...
The battle between the players who venture into this world IS the story!

So, according to everything released thus far about the game, it is canon to the series and takes place in 2015, two years after RE6.