The Resident Evil Village demo's confusing schedule explained

Want to know when you can play the Resident Evil Village demo and what's included? We've broken down the options here.

Last night’s Resident Evil Showcase was a tantalising thing, and only left us more eager than ever to dive into the upcoming gameplay demo. However, said demo was revealed in a rather confusing manner, with early access dates, limited times, and more. To help you know when you can play Resident Evil Village’s gameplay demo, we’ve put together a quick explanation of dates, times, and availability.

What platforms is the Resident Evil Village gameplay demo on?

What platforms is the resident evil village gameplay demo on
  
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First, some good news. While the Maiden demo was exclusive to PS5, the new Resident Evil Village gameplay demo will be available to try on PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, Xbox One, PC (Steam), and Stadia, though PlayStation is getting a headstart on everyone else.

What’s included in the Resident Evil Village gameplay demo?

What is in the resident evil village gameplay demo
 
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During the time-limited demo, you’ll get access to 60 minutes of gameplay set within the village and castle areas of the game. It’s up to the player to determine whether they want to spend the entire time in one stage, or split the time between the two stages. The demo is only available for a limited time, so make sure you plan ahead if possible so that you can squeeze in an hour of Resident Evil Village on the day. Within the 60 minutes you’re free to explore and fight enemies as much as you please.

Resident Evil Village gameplay demo times and dates

Resident Evil Village gameplay demo times and dates
 
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When the time-limited Resident Evil Village gameplay demo will be available depends on your region and platform. For the main demo, you can see the times on the image above, but we’ve also listed them below for the main regions covered:

  • North America: May 1, 5pm - May 2, 5pm PDT
  • Europe: May 2, 2am - May 3, 2am CEST
  • Asia: May 2, 8am - May 3, 8am, HKT

However, PlayStation 4 and 5 players will also get early access to 30 minutes in both sections of the demo, with the Village and Castle areas available to try on separate dates. The first stage of this extra chance to try the game arrives this weekend. We’ve listed the Resident Evil Village early access demo times for PS4 and PS5 below.

PS4 and PS5 early access village demo times and dates

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  • North America: April 17, 5pm - April 18, 1am PDT
  • Europe: April 18, 7pm - April 19, 3am CEST
  • Asia: April 18, 5am - April 19, 1am, HKT

PS4 and PS5 early access castle demo times and dates

Resident Evil Village demo castle early access times and dates
 
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  • North America: April 24, 5pm - April 25, 1am PDT
  • Europe: April 25, 7pm - April 26, 3am CEST
  • Asia: April 25, 5am - April 26, 1am, HKT

There’s only an eight-hour window to give the early access demo on PS4 and PS5 a try. To make sure that you’re prepared in advance, Capcom has put the demo up on the PlayStation Store already so that you can pre-load it in advance. Just search for Resident Evil Village and select the gameplay demo.

Hopefully this guide has helped you understand the rather confusing Resident Evil Village gameplay demo times, dates, and availability. If you’re a PlayStation 4 or 5 owner, prepare yourself for the first batch of horror this weekend!

Associate Editor

Henry Stenhouse serves an eternal punishment as the Associate Editor of AllGamers. He spent his younger life studying the laws of physics, even going so far as to complete a PhD in the subject before video game journalism stole his soul. Confess your love of Super Smash Bros. via email at henry.stenhouse@allgamers.com, or catch him on Twitter.

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