Resident Evil Village time limited demo and Mercenaries Mode announced

PlayStation users get early access this month.

Resident Evil Village

Capcom will release a time limited demo for Resident Evil Village for PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 from April 17 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET to April 18 at 1:00 a.m. PT / 4:00 a.m. ET, and April 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET to April 25 at 1:00 a.m. PT / 4:00 a.m. ET, followed by a release for all platforms from May 1 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET to May 2 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET, the company announced. Pre-load for the early access PlayStation demo is available now.

Players will have a total of 60 minutes to explore both the village and castle hours during the time limited demo. You will be free to spend one full hour across both stages, or choose which one you want to play.

Get the latest details below, via Capcom.

Fourth Trailer

The latest trailer for Resident Evil Village pulls fans deeper into the enigmatic locale with a peek at the diversity of environments and enemies players will encounter. New footage provided clues to an immense underground factory possibly mass producing humanoid creatures, and a vast man-made lake barely concealing what appears to be a colossal aquatic monster. The mysterious man from the January Resident Evil Showcase is revealed to be Heisenberg. Though his name is now known, his role remains unclear in protagonist Ethan Winters’ quest to find his daughter. Series veteran Chris Redfield also makes an appearance with questionable motives, creating more mystery as to what his role is.

Mercenaries Mode

The heart-pounding action does not stop once Ethan’s story concludes. The fan-favorite game mode, “The Mercenaries,” makes its much requested return with rich content and rewards, providing variety and replayability beyond the main gameplay in Resident Evil Village. Players must complete increasingly challenging objectives before the clock runs out in this additional game mode, which is unlocked by completing the main campaign. The Duke merchant from the main game appears in the mode, offering weapons and upgrades to help tackle the challenges. Additionally, players can acquire abilities that enhance their weapons or physical abilities. It will be up to each player to strategize which load out will be the most effective for each objective.

Time Limited Demo

Intrepid players are invited to get an early taste of the action-packed horror that awaits when Resident Evil Village launches on May 7. Players can explore the village and castle areas of the game for up to 60 minutes in a limited time demo for PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Steam and Stadia. This multiplatform demo will be accessible for 24 hours starting May 1 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET for North America, South America and Latin America residents, with a pre-load option starting April 29 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET.

In advance of the multiplatform demo, PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 players will have two early access opportunities, where they will have an eight-hour window to play 30 minutes for each section. The first date will offer the village portion starting April 17 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET with a pre-load option starting today at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET. A second date will offer the castle area starting on April 24 at 5:00 p.m. PT / 8:00 p.m. ET with a pre-load option also starting today at today at 4:00 p.m. PT / 7:00 p.m. ET.

And here is the updated fact sheet:

About

Experience survival horror like never before in Resident Evil Village, the eighth major installment in the genre-defining Resident Evil franchise. Set a few years after the horrifying events in the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard, the all-new storyline brings Ethan Winters to a remote snow-capped village filled with a diverse cast of terrifying enemies. After a devastating encounter with Resident Evil series hero Chris Redfield, Ethan pursues him in search of answers but finds himself in an entirely new nightmare.

Modern console technology paired with Capcom’s proprietary RE Engine deliver a visceral experience combining pulse-pounding action with signature survival horror gameplay synonymous with the Resident Evil series. Harnessing the newest console technology, Resident Evil Village delivers stunning graphics and advanced technology on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. New gameplay features harken back to fan-favorite elements from previous Resident Evil games while new mechanics offer more depth to the action during combat.

Key Features

  • A New Chapter in the Resident Evil Storyline – This eighth major installment in the flagship Resident Evil series continues the story from the critically acclaimed Resident Evil 7 biohazard. With the return of popular features and introduction of new elements, survival horror has never been so intense.
  • Popular Resident Evil Features – Fans might recognize new features in Resident Evil Village that are nods to previous Resident Evil games including a merchant dubbed “The Duke” who allows players to purchase and sell items, buy recipes for crafting consumables, and customize weapons.
  • The Mercenaries Are Back – The fan-favorite, battle-the-clock extra game mode, “The Mercenaries,” makes its return with new features. Now players have the option to buy and upgrade weapons from The Duke, and acquire abilities that enhance weapons and physical capabilities to offer more depth and replay value.
  • Familiar Faces and New FoesResident Evil series Chris Redfield returns under a shroud of seemingly sinister motives. Ethan will also encounter a host of new adversaries inhabiting the enigmatic village, all with their own distinctive attacks.
  • Evolution of Combat – In addition to engaging and attacking enemies, Ethan can also now guard against incoming attacks, or kick enemies away to buy time for his next move, requiring players to further strategize the best approach for surviving the many challenges ahead.
  • 25th Anniversary Celebration Bonus – As a thank you to fans, Resident Evil Village will include access to a free multiplayer experience titled Resident Evil Re:Verse, coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC. An all-star cast of fan-favorite Resident Evil characters face off in four to six-player deathmatch battles in iconic series locations.
  • Latest Console Technology – RE Engine paired with new technologies available via PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S delivers hyper-detailed graphics, advanced immersive audio and little to no load times, bringing the shadowy village and its evocative residents to life in first person perspective.
  • Play Across GenerationsResident Evil Village will be eligible to upgrade free from PlayStation 4 to the digital PlayStation 5 version and will support Smart Delivery for Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One consoles.

Output Resolution and Expected Frame Rate

  • PlayStation 5 – 4K HDR at 60 frames per second
  • PlayStation 5 (when Ray Tracing is turned on) – 4K HD at 45 frames per second
  • PlayStation 4 Pro – 1080p at 60 frames per second
  • PlayStation 4 Pro (when set to high resolution) – 4K HDR at 30 frames per second
  • PlayStation 4 – 900p at 45 frames per second
  • Xbox Series X – 4K HDR at 60 frames per second
  • Xbox Series X (when Ray Tracing is turned on) – 4K HD at 45 frames per second
  • Xbox Series S – 1440p HDR at 45 frames per second
  • Xbox Series S (when Ray Tracing is turned on) – 1440p HDR at 30 frames per second
  • Xbox One X – 1080p at 60 frames per second
  • Xbox One X (when set to high resolution) – 4K HDR at 30 frames per second
  • Xbox One – 900p at 30 frames per second
  • Stadia – 1080p at 60 frames per second or 4K at 60 frames per second (note: 4K is upscaled using dynamic resolution)

Resident Evil Village is due out for PlayStation 5, Xbox Series, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC via Steam, and Stadia on May 7 worldwide.

Watch the fourth official trailer below. View a new set of screenshots at the gallery.

Fourth Trailer

English (4K HDR)

English (SDR)

Japanese (HDR)

Japanese (SDR)

Demo Trailer

Resident Evil Showcase: April 15, 2021 Archive

(Mercenaries Mode segment from 38:45 to 41:40.)

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