PS4 and PS5 gamers get an exclusive Resident Evil Village demo this weekend

8 hours to download, half an hour to play. Time to get going!

What you need to know

  • PS4 and PS5 players get first dibs on the demo, which is only available for an 8-hour window starting on April 24.
  • This weekend’s demo is a 30-minute romp through the castle.
  • Additional platforms will gain access to the combined Village and Castle demo next weekend, May 1, including PS4, PS5, Stadia, Xbox, and PC.

A few days ago, PS4 and PS5 players got their hands on the Resident Evil Village demo that took place in the village portion of the world. This weekend, beginning on Saturday, April 24, players will get a chance to download a second Resident Evil Village demo, this time taking place in the castle. This demo is only available on PS4 and PS5 this weekend, so PlayStation players need to be sure to sit ready with controllers in hand during this short 8-hour window:

  • North America 8pm EST/5PM PST on April 24 until 4am EST/1am PST on April 25
  • Europe 6pm BST/7pm CEST on April 25 until 2am BST/3am CEST on April 26

During this 8-hour window, you’ll be able to download the castle portion of the Resident Evil Village demo, which lasts 30-minutes from the time you begin. Make sure you’ve snacked up and taken a quick bathroom break beforehand, though, as you’ll only get a single 30-minute playthrough. After the timeframe above in your respective timezone, these demos will disappear from the store.

See the link below for a quick way to get it downloaded during the above timeslots, or just check the PlayStation Store on your PS4 or PS5 during those time windows. It’s undoubtedly going to be one of the best PS5 games when it lands on May 7.

Resident Evil Village castle demo

Free at PlayStation Store

The brief Resident Evil Village castle demo will be available exclusively for PS4 and PS5 players on April 24-26, depending on your time zone.

Next weekend, beginning May 1, players on all platforms will get a chance to try the Resident Evil Village demo, as well. That includes PS4 and PS5 players, as well as Stadia, Xbox, and PC platforms. This second demo is a combined version of the PlayStation-exclusive demos and will give players one full hour to play it, breaking the action up between village and castle segments. Unlike the oddly-timed PlayStation demos, the May 1 demo will be available for a full 24 hours. Here’s when you can expect those:

  • North America 8pm EST/5pm PST on May 1 until 8pm EST/5pm PST on May 2
  • Europe 1am BST/2am CEST on May 2 until 1am BST/2am CEST on May 3

Vampires and werewolves

Resident Evil Village

$60 at Amazon
$60 at Best Buy

It takes a village

If the hour-long demo wasn’t enough (of course it wasn’t), you’ll want to get the full game preordered so you can play it the moment it’s available on May 7.

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