Resident Evil 8 Village Demo Release Dates, Download Availability

Earlier today, during its Resident Evil Showcase event, developer Capcom announced a pre-release demo for the highly anticipated Resident Evil Village, mirroring release cadence for the remakes. What’s different this time around is that the demo will only be available during a 24-hour window, with players able to explore both major sections of the game’s world – the Village and the Castle – for a total of 60 minutes.

In addition, the studio will be rolling out an early access version of the demo exclusively on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4. This version of the demo has been divided into two 30-minute halves, one for each section of the game, playable over two separate days during shorter, eight-hour periods. The first half, which demos the Village section of the game, will be playable in two days, two weeks before the full demo hits all platforms. Below is the release dates and times for both the full and early access demos per platform and region.

Early Access (PS4, PS5) Demo Release Schedule

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  • April 15 7:00 PM (EDT) to May 2 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • April 15 4:00 PM (PDT) to May 2 5:00 PM (PDT)

The demo can be pre-loaded today from the PlayStation Store. You’ll be able to replay the demo as many times as you want as long as your total playtime doesn’t exceed the allotted 30 minutes per demo.

Full Demo Release Schedule

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PS5, PS4

  • April 15 7:00 PM (EDT) to May 2 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • April 15 4:00 PM (PDT) to May 2 5:00 PM (PDT)

Xbox Series X, Xbox One

  • April 29 8:00 PM (EDT) to May 2 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • April 29 5:00 PM (PDT) to May 2 5:00 PM (PDT)


  • April 29 8:00 AM (EDT) to May 2 8:00 PM (EDT)
  • April 29 5:00 AM (PDT) to May 2 5:00 PM (PDT)

The full demo will be released on PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, PC (Steam), and Stadia. PS5 and PS4 owners can preload this version of the demo today, while those on other platforms will have to wait till April 29.

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