Resident Evil Village Demo Launches on PS5 Ahead of May Release

Resident Evil Village arrives in May, but a PS5-exclusive demo is now available.
Resident Evil Village arrives in May, but a PS5-exclusive demo is now available. / Photo courtesy of Capcom

Resident Evil Village is coming to PlayStation 5, PS4, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S on May 7, and PS5 players can jump into a platform-exclusive demo today, Capcom announced Thursday.

The PS5 demo, titled Maiden, is a standalone experience set in the same universe. Here's how Capcom describes it:

"As the Maiden, players will need to rely solely on their wits to make their escape in this tension-filled demo, as they’ll have no way to fight or defend themselves."

A second demo will be released in the spring for all the platforms Village is slated to hit.

Village uses a first-person perspective — a carryover from Resident Evil 7 — that fans saw in action for the first time in Thursday's gameplay footage. It will use an inventory system similar to that in Resident Evil 4, forcing players to move objects of different sizes around on a grid to store things with maximum efficiency.

The game's merchant, a huge, bloated individual by the name of The Duke, made his debut during the gameplay trailer.

Capcom used the broadcast as an opportunity to reveal Resident Evil Re:Verse, a new game coming to PS4, Xbox One and PC, with PS5 and Xbox Series X|S users able to play through backward compatibility. It features four- to six-player deathmatch battles in Resident Evil locations, featuring Resident Evil characters, in which defeated characters respawn by mutating into bioweapons. Capcom will share more information about the game as its release date approaches.

Capcom describes Re:Verse as a "thank you bonus to fans," in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Resident Evil franchise. It will be made available for free to Village owners.