During its Resident Evil-focused livestream on January 21, Capcom announced it is releasing a special demo for Resident Evil Village.
If you want to know more about what this horror demo entails, alongside how to get involved, keep reading...
Resident Evil Maiden Demo explained
While The Resident Evil demo takes place in the same location as RE: Village, it will not focuses on Village's protagonist Ethan Winter, instead giving players control of 'the maiden'. According to Resident Evil Village Producer Peter Fabiano, the maiden is not a particular character or person, but "symbolizes the protagonist, a girl who's trapped in Dimitrescu Castle."
This demo was originally intended to be a short visual demo, Fabiano also said. It then "evolved to include a short story and puzzle-solving" as development went on, before turning into a complete standalone experience.
During the demo, players will be unable to fight or block, offering completely unique gameplay compared to the experience players will get when RE: Village launches in May.
You can watch the full Resident Evil Showcase below:
Resident Evil Village Demo Platforms: Can you play Resident Evil on Xbox, PC or PlayStation?
Unfortunately for Xbox, PC and even PlayStation 4 owners, the Resident Evil Maiden demo is only available on the PlayStation 5 console.
Capcom gave no mention of whether this demo will later come to other platforms. If you paid close attention to the Resident Evil showcase, Peter Fabiano said: "Of course, we want as many people as possible to get a chance to play. So we'll have a separate, new demo, available on all platforms, ready for some time this Spring."
Based on this, it seems the Maiden demo will remain a PlayStation 5 exclusive permanently. A new, more conventional demo likely focusing on Ethan Winters will launch closer to Resident Evil Villages release, for all platforms.
Resident Evil Demo Release Date
The Resident Evil Village Demo for PlayStation is available to download RIGHT NOW!
It went live shortly after Capcom's livestream, causing thousands to flock to the PlayStation Store, which promptly crashed. However, it appears that the PS Store is now back up, meaning you can now download the demo.
As for Resident Evil Village's other demo, we're still unsure as to when this will launch outside of a vague 'Spring' window.
You can check out the demo on the PlayStation Store here.
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