Resident Evil Village Timed Demo Explained

Here's how to play the timed Resident Evil Village demo, and when you can access it on PC and PlayStation and Xbox platforms.

There's a brand-new Resident Evil Village demo coming, and PlayStation owners get to experience it first. The announcement came as part of the Resident Evil Showcase where we got a first look at the calamities awaiting Ethan Winters in the village.

However, the new Resident Evil Village demo isn't quite as straightforward as you might think.

It's a limited-time demo available on PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. You'll get an hour to use as you wish, either exploring the castle or the village, and like the One-Shot demo before it, there's no way to transfer data.

Here's when you can play the new, 60-minute Resident Evil Village demo:

  • North America — May 1, 5 p.m. PDT to May 9, 5 p.m. PDT
  • U.K. — May 2, 1 a.m. BST to May 10, 1 a.m. BST
  • Europe — May 2, 2 a.m. CEST to May 10, 2 a.m. CEST
  • Asia — May 2, 5 p.m. to May 3, 1 a.m. HKT

PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners can get early access to two 30-minute demos, one for the village and one for the castle.

Village Demo

  • North America — April, 17, 5 p.m. to April 18, 1 a.m. PDT
  • Europe — April 18, 7 p.m. to April 19, 3 a.m. CEST 
  • Asia — April 18, 5 p.m. – April 19, 1 a.m. HKT

Castle Demo

  • North America — April, 24, 5 p.m. to April 25, 1 a.m. PDT
  • Europe — April 25, 7 p.m. to April 26, 3 a.m. CEST 
  • Asia — April 25, 5 p.m. – April 26, 1 a.m. HKT

Again, these two are only available for PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 owners. The demo can be pre-downloaded ahead of time and should be available at the time of writing.


Josh Broadwell started gaming in the early '90s. But it wasn't until 2017 he started writing about them, after finishing two history degrees and deciding a career in academia just wasn't the best way forward. You'll usually find him playing RPGs, strategy games, or platformers, but he's up for almost anything that seems interesting.

Published Apr. 26th 2021

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