The Resident Evil 2 remake will have a demo. That demo will release this week. It’ll be available for PC. And you’ll only have 30 minutes to play it. Yes, Capcom’s special ‘1-Shot Demo’ puts a harsh time limit on your survival horror journey. If you manage to complete the demo objective in that time, you’ll be shown ‘brand-new cinematic trailer exclusive to demo participants’.
You’ll be able to download the demo via Steam on January 11, but it’ll be pulled from digital shelves on January 31 – shortly after the game’s proper release on January 25. This slice of the game will have you play as everyone’s favourite rookie cop Leon S. Kennedy as he takes his first steps into the zombie-riddled Raccoon City police station.
You can keep playing until your 30 minutes are up, whether you die or complete the main objective in the meantime. While you’ll be locked out of playing once that time limit is up, if you unlocked the trailer you’ll be able to watch it as many times as you want afterward. (Yes, you’ll assuredly be able to watch it on YouTube afterward, but just think of the compression artifacts.)
It’s nice to see Capcom providing a demo on PC for one of it’s big titles – I’m looking at you, Devil May Cry 5 – even if it comes with a bizarrely contrived set of limitations on your playtime.
But hey, at least it’ll keep you from getting sick of the game’s opening moments before it’s even out.
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We got a look at the later parts of Resident Evil 2, including the Tyrant, pretty recently, and had a long look at the series’ human tragedies. This return to one of the most beloved entries in the core series is looking terrific so far and this demo should be a good taste of what’s to come.