Resident Evil Village Maiden demo hits PS5 today

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Resident Evil Village Maiden demo hits PS5 today

Watch the full RE Showcase stream for more gameplay details and a first look at Resident Evil Re:Verse.

To borrow a line from Barry Burton in the original Resident Evil, “Wow, what a showcase!” To all the old-school fans and those who were welcomed to the family with Resident Evil 7 biohazard, we hope you enjoyed today’s presentation.

Now that the Resident Evil Showcase is a wrap, there’s quite a lot to talk about. We’ve revealed the launch date of Resident Evil Village as May 7, 2021 on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4, presented gameplay footage of a timeworn castle and its deranged denizens, put the spotlight on a new trailer that sheds a bit of light on the world of Resident Evil Village, revealed the rotund merchant known only as The Duke, and hinted at another malevolent person that Ethan Winters will have to contend with. And, of course, for the 25th anniversary of Resident Evil, we unveiled Resident Evil Re:Verse, an online multiplayer game featuring fan-favorite characters that will be available for free to those that buy Resident Evil Village. We’ll have more on that soon.

Resident Evil Village Maiden demo hits PS5 today

Watch the full Resident Evil Showcase.

For those of you wondering about that tall, mysterious woman that’s been featured in various RE Village trailers so far… don’t worry, we see you. She’s the highlight of the latest trailer, literally standing head and shoulders above a trio of other women that also seem to call the gothic castle their home. The identities of all four remain shrouded in mystery, but for now, one thing we can give you is a name for everyone’s favorite towering mistress: Lady Dimitrescu. One thing we can’t give you: How she can find a hat in her size.

The imposing Lady Dimitrescu towers over protagonist Ethan Winters.

Of course, we had one more major drop to share with you all: a stand-alone demo for Resident Evil Village, known as Maiden, that’s available for download only on PlayStation 5 starting today. As Resident Evil Village Producer Peter Fabiano mentioned in the Resident Evil Showcase, you don’t play as Ethan Winters in this demo. Rather, you’ll be playing as a character known only as “the maiden.” Unable to fight or even block, you’ll be in control of this character as she attempts to escape from Dimitrescu Castle. This is a stand-alone separate experience from the main game that is a kind of short story set within the world of RE Village.

Because of this unique take on a demo, we asked Peter why the team decided to create a demo separate from the main game, and how they used the power of PS5 to make it happen. So, without further ado….

The maiden

We asked Peter about who the protagonist of this demo is, as she’s only known as “the maiden.” As Peter explains it, “Maiden is not the name of any person, but instead it symbolizes the protagonist, a girl who’s trapped in Dimitrescu Castle.” Rather than playing as Ethan and seeing a part of his story, the character in this demo is separate from the main story of Resident Evil Village. According to Peter, both the maiden’s story and Ethan’s story take place at different times.

“The Maiden demo doesn’t take place during the main story of Resident Evil Village. Maiden was originally designed as a visual demo that would allow you to explore the inside of Dimitrescu Castle, but it evolved to include a short story and puzzle solving.” Long-time fans of Resident Evil are familiar with various castles that have appeared throughout the series, so they should feel right at home in this one, too. With RE Village and Maiden taking place in the same place but not the same time, it left us wondering if the two would be tied together somehow.

The experience

There might be a few things that eagle-eyed players should look out for as they wander the castle in search of an exit, so we asked Peter if there was anything the team wanted them to notice as they explore. “Maiden is a demo that’s separate from Resident Evil Village,” he explained. “However, it does take place in the same world as RE Village does.” He even suggests that there are a few nods between the demo and the full game, ones that you’ll only be able to catch if you play both. “When you play Resident Evil Village, or, perhaps, you come back to Maiden after playing the main game, you might discover the connections they have to each other.”

We won’t spoil the fun of figuring out the links between the two games, of course, but we do hope you have fun exploring both the demo for now, and then come back to it with fresh eyes once the full game is released so you can find out for yourself what those links are!

Resident Evil Village’s inventory shares some similarities with RE4’s.

The technology

Finally, we asked about the Maiden demo being on PlayStation 5, and how the team took advantage of the technology that the PS5 offers. Simply put, “you’ll be able to enjoy the ray tracing and 3D Audio that PS5 offers,” according to Pete. The demo is designed to take full advantage of tech that will also be included in RE Village, so Maiden also functions as a sneak peek at the next-gen leap for survival horror. Of course, we also had to press Peter a bit about his comments during the RE Showcase about how art design and technology come together to create such a hauntingly beautiful and detailed environment.

“For Maiden, or rather, for Resident Evil Village, we wanted to create a game with beautiful graphics, high frame rate, and short loading times that don’t spoil people’s immersive experience of the game. The technology we mentioned in the showcase aided the director in realizing his vision of how the game is played, and the art director’s vision of how he wanted the game to look.” You’ll see this reflected in both the full game and the demo in the environments, objects, and character models, right down to the smallest details.

Buy, sell, and upgrade weapons with RE Village’s enigmatic merchant, The Duke.

That about wraps it up for now; as a reminder, the Maiden demo for Resident Evil Village will be available starting today on PS5. You can also pre-order the game on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 via PS Store to secure a bonus exclusive mini soundtrack. Don’t have a PS5 yet? Don’t worry; PS4 purchases of Resident Evil Village will be entitled to a digital upgrade to the PS5 version at no additional cost.* A Deluxe Edition is also available for both platforms, which will include various in-game perks reminiscent of Resident Evil 7 biohazard. This includes swapping save room music, changing the device you save on from a typewriter to a tape recorder, a “found footage” visual filter, and other fun bonuses.

For those looking for the ultimate conversation starter, a Collector’s Edition is available for both platforms from select retailers that includes all of the above, plus a Chris Redfield figure, art book, reversible cloth map, a special Collector’s Edition box and SteelBook case. Keep an eye out for the Maiden demo, and don’t forget – Resident Evil Village will launch on PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 on May 7, 2021. Purchase of the game also includes access to the online multiplayer game Resident Evil Re:Verse.

*Offers may differ per region. Please check with your local retailer for details.

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  • Let’s go! Finally!

    • No VR after it was done do well in RE7, seriously?. Massive disappointment if true.

    • @Mega_Man_75 I would have been surprised if it had VR. RE 7 didn’t have it at launch, they added it later and although PSVR works on PS5 the VR cant utilize the PS5s power.

      I could see them adding it if we ever get a PSVR2 though.

    • @earth Um RE7 did have PSVR at launch. It wasn’t added later

    • Lol, RE7 had VR day one and even day one on the demo that shadow dropped at E3 2016 right after it was announced. You clearly aren’t remembering RE7 right.

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    • It absolutely can use the PS5s power is just stick at the headsets resolution.

  • Can’t wait to try the demo and pre order it!

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  • Finally looks amazing I want now ps5 demo

  • Where is the demo?! I have ps5 but there is no where!!!

    • Find Resident Evil Village then toggle the game edition from the full game to Demo. It’s also listed as “Maiden” by Capcom.

    • You have to type in “Maiden”….You would think they’d be like look here is the demo but nope it’s like playing where’s Waldo just to find it. Absolutely ridiculous if you want people to actually play it. Sony needs to have a demo section if their gonna have demos!!!!!!!!!!!

  • They said NOW!

    • No, they said today. It will be up soon

    • At first you had to pull up RE Village and toggle the game edition from the full game preorder to the demo.

      But it’s listed as “Maiden” now as an easy to find standalone download, it wasn’t at first.

  • the store is down! I can’t find the demo!!!

  • This just in!!!! Sony abandons PSVR!!!

    • I don’t get it. If ps4 version available then they could add VR to that version and let us play it on ps4, or bc on ps5. Like Hitman 3 just did. Plus re engine has VR tool implemented into the engine. They keep talking about immersion in re8 and leave out VR. Makes so sense to me super sad about this if its really not coming.

    • Maybe if it was a PlayStation exclusive it would have been done. But now they have to make last gen versions too, have next gen integration into the engine like ray tracing AND make a series x AND stupid series s version too…… AND a version for the even weaker ddr3/eSRAM bottleneck 2013 Xbone too.

      Its too much to have to do, along with having to rework the ENTIRE game if VR was part of the equation too.
      Its nothing to do with Sony and I don’t blame Capcom here either.

  • Rammstone they said available NOW not today…..

  • Please, someone link demo here!

  • PS store not loading a search for RE Village or Maiden. Or any game for that matter.

  • Cannot connect to store try again later when trying to search for anything

  • I’m getting the same thing hopefully it’ll be fixed soon

  • release the demoo please, we’re waiting ;-;

  • Sony please can you tell us when the demo launches. Some people have lives ???????

  • WHERE IS THE DEMO!!!

  • The demo is available now

  • Should you really call this a demo when it doesn’t actually have any of the gameplay elements from the full game? Seems misleading and unethical to ask anyone to pre-order after trying the demo when it’s just another glorified trailer.

    • A demo doesn’t necessarily have to contain the exact content of the game it’s promoting, especially when they’re up front about it. This is a technical demo, showing off the visuals and atmosphere, and I personally prefer these, as they don’t spoil anything, and I won’t have to play the section again in the full game. Calling it unethical is a bit melodramatic.

    • They also called it “visual demo” so it’s fine I guess. What worries me is that for a “visual” demo it has a lot of graphical issues with textures, low quality assets, lighting…

    • And yet I wish more developers gave us something like this because its definitely better than getting nothing.

      How hard would it have been for Sony to give us a ONE track and 10 car demo for GT7, like the cool little Gran Turismo HD Concept demo/game back in 2006 with PS3? And they gave that away at Christmas too, it would have been great to get it Christmas 2020, especially with the year we had.
      Instead, we have NOTHING since the game was announced 7 months ago.

    • “graphical issues with textures, low quality assets, lighting”

      probably wanna get a updated tv or check your ps5.

  • No VR
    I am so disappointed 😟

  • Just popped up to me!

  • Where ist the Demo?! Please hurra😁😁😁

  • The comments told me the demo is out, so foolishly I search Live @Playstation for available stream. I guess I won’t see PS5 stream when using my PS4 UI.

    Oopsy

  • this game looks awesome!

  • I’m already burned out of RE7 and I don’t like the way RE8 is basing itself from 7 granted more interesting.
    When are we coming back to Resident Evil 5 and 4? I’ll take 6 any day before 7.

  • Really wish this had PSVR support. I supposed it could still be coming as an announcement but I doubt it at this point.

  • The Duke is just a metaphor for Sony, right?
    Whatabout loyalty to your fan base?
    You do realize PS4s didn’t just phase out of existence when the PS5 came along, right?
    Where’s our demo?
    In a capitalistic venture, perhaps?

    • There is a demo coming to all platforms later this Spring. The demo today was made to show what the PS5 can do visually and sound wise.

  • i accidentally put the wrong date of birth and i am not able to watch the Resident Evil Showcase and now i just get a message saying i am not able to view this content…Does anyone know how to fix this

  • This will be awsome, Can´t wait to get my hands on it. Looks fantastic guys

  • I doubt scalpers play demos, solid decision. Bonus points for no VR as well

  • oh so another plagiarize of P.T., Great

  • I remember playing the resident evil 4 demo on GameCube at Walmart

  • Kellen, is the team aware of some graphical issues in the PS5 demo? low res texture (specially in the dungeon), some texture have no filtering at all, uneven quality texture through the demo, no shadows for most items/furniture, incorrect baked lighting (or lighting that doesn’t make sense), low poly models (wrong LOD?), …
    Will all this be fixed for release? As it’s right now I’m not inclined to buy the game for ps5 but overall looks very cool and I like the new mechanics, so I really hope you fix the graphics on time (or delay the game if needed, we were not expecting the game so soon anyway.)

  • They also called it “visual demo” so it’s fine I guess. What worries me is that for a “visual” demo it has a lot of graphical issues with textures, low quality assets, lighting…

  • This looks terrible. I wish they’d stick to the original RE narrative. This cult stuff is boring, been done a thousand times plus these bosses look lame.

  • That’s cool, but the fact that VR still hasn’t been mentioned once is starting to worry me. I don’t want to have to go back to non-VR resident evil after the experience of 7 in VR.

  • Awesome, now all I have to do is get a ps5 when your done selling them to the scalpers.

  • Would be awesome if I had a PS5. Sony you liars saying there would be plenty available for the holiday season. Yah right!

    • There were, in fact more consoles have been available to buy than any gen before it within the same timeframe. It’s just that scumbags with bot software bought up the majority of them. Not Sony’s fault. More the fault of the retailers, but still not 100%. Mostly the fault of scalpers and their customers.

  • Not sure why so many people are complaining and being so critical about the demo/teaser. I guess some people are spoiled rotten and feel so entitled to whatever they think the world owes them, that they will never be happy with anything lol

    Its awesome that they gave us something to experience and i totally enjoyed playing it. It looked damn good and had a great horror vibe going as well. I’m super excited to play the game when it releases and enjoyed the little teaser they sent us!

  • Wish I could find a ps5 for regular price since playstation aloud scalpers screw over the actual gamers

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  • I cannot wait this game. Loved the 7th episode and I’m sure I’ll love this one too. That haunted castle is really nice.

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  • loved the demo even though it was short. It was nice seeing a glimpse of winter from the courtyard but one thing I would like for the team to do is allow PlayStation 5 users to take screenshots in the demo. I was trying to take a screenshot with the create button but it wouldn’t allow me to at the end scene of the demo. The game would pause when I tried to take a screenshot. If I could make a suggestion, take the Pause screen away and just freeze the cutscene instead of having Pause screen show up allowing users to take screenshots. Could even be like that for the rest of the demo but I haven’t tested. Hopefully this is fixed for the official game. Other than that, I really enjoy the Maiden Demo and I have pre-ordered. I’m looking forward to playing the next entry in the Resident Evil series in May!

  • Wish I could download it PlayStation Management!!
    But my PS5 is out of space!! 🙄

  • Its cool that it’s out for PS4 and PS5

  • I wish I could download this to my PlayStation 4

  • Why won’t PlayStation blog let me view videos when I put my birthday in as over 25 years old…which Iam btw !!! How do I fix this ? Everytime I try to watch a video it says “ you may not access this content” really frustrating since I don’t know why !

  • No VR, so disappointed 😭😭 I would have surely preordered the deluxe edition as soon as available, but VR was a huge deal breaker on this game for me. Without it I’ll rather just wait till it goes on sale at 50% or so in a few years or get a second hand copy. Such a shame 😔😔

    • You have to remember, 7 came out when VR was the next big thing that was going to change the world.

      8 is coming out after it was a rather low selling thing that basically no one owns.

      Soo, as 7 being VR probably didn’t add much in the way of sales, while costing development time (and more than likely making the game graphically worse), you can see why they wont bother now.

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