KEY POINTS

  • There will be three different demos with three separate schedules
  • Each demo will feature different areas of the game
  • The first demo will be playable tomorrow

Players will be able to dive into the latest installment in the “Resident Evil” franchise weeks ahead of the game’s actual release thanks to a timed PS4/PS5 exclusive demo that Capcom plans to release this weekend.

Capcom will be releasing three demos in three different timeframes, with each demo showcasing different areas of the game. However, these demos will only be available during specific timeframes and only for a limited amount of time. Here are the dates and schedules for the demos, according to Capcom’s post in the PS Blog:

Village Demo

  • North America: April 17, 5 p.m. to April 18, 1 a.m. (Pacific Time)
  • Europe: April 18, 7 p.m. to April 19, 3 a.m. (CEST)
  • Asia: April 18, 5 p.m. to April 19, 1 a.m. (HKT)

Castle Demo

  • North America: April 24, 5 p.m. to April 25, 1 a.m. (PT)
  • Europe: April 25, 7 p.m.  to April 26, 3 a.m. (CEST)
  • Asia: April 25, 5 p.m. to April 26, 1 a.m. (HKT)

Village/Castle Demo

  • North America: May 1, 5 p.m. to May 2, 5pm (PT)
  • Europe: May 2, 2 a.m. to May 3, 2 a.m. (CEST)
  • Asia: May 2, 8 a.m. to May 3, 8 a.m. (HKT)

Players will be able to explore the designated areas from any time between the aforementioned dates and times, but each demo will only be playable for 30 minutes. The Village/Castle demo, on the other hand, will be playable for up to one hour.

Hooded thralls lurk inside the dark tunnels of the castle in Resident Evil Village Hooded thralls lurk inside the dark tunnels of the castle in Resident Evil Village Photo: Capcom

The Village area will feature wide and snow-covered open spaces, from the village proper to the mountains leading to the castle. The dev blog notes that the village will give players a taste of how combat in the game will feel like, hinting that the village area will be full of enemies to fight.

Meanwhile, the castle area is the complete opposite of the village’s expansive setting. Tight corridors will hide the castle’s many horrors, giving off a vibe that’s closer to “RE 7’s” claustrophobic plantation.

This style of demo was also used previously for the remakes of “RE 2” and “RE 3,” with “one-shot” demos being available for each game several weeks prior to their release. Players will be free to explore the areas to their hearts’ content, so long as they don't exceed the time limit.

Players will now be able to pre-load the demo today and dive straight into the first area once the appointed time arrives.