Resident Evil Village demo is coming to PS5 today

We’re not too far away from the upcoming release of Resident Evil Village. The latest entry in the classic survival horror series is soon to launch for all platforms, but PS5 owners are being treated to an exclusive demo available starting today. Announced during the recent RE showcase, the Resident Evil Village Maiden demo gives players an early glimpse of the game’s audio and visual design. Here’s a look at everything the demo is about and what you need to do to download it.

Resident Evil Village PS5 exclusive Maiden demo

Resident Evil Village PS5 exclusive Maiden demo

In the first Resident Evil Village demo, players control a character known as the Maiden. Trapped in the lower recesses of the unsettling Dimitrescu Castle, the Maiden needs to find a way to make her escape. Without any combat whatsoever, this visual demo is meant to give players a taste of the full game’s audio and graphical potential.

Like with the early Resident Evil 7 demo, the Maiden demo is presented as a standalone experience. The journey and escape of the Maiden is separate from that of Ethan, and according to producer Peter Fabiano, takes places in an entirely separate timeline.

The demo also happens to be a PlayStation 5 exclusive. If you want to experience the game’s atmosphere for yourself, you’ll have to do so on Sony’s current-gen console. Thankfully, the developers promised that an entirely separate Resident Evil Village demo will appear later this year in the spring. Chances are good that one will finally give us a taste of the game’s combat.

Eager to check out the Maiden demo for yourself? Here’s what you need to do.

How to download the Resident Evil Village demo on PS5

How to download the Resident Evil Village Maiden demo on PS5

For the time being, only PlayStation 5 owners will be able to check out the Resident Evil Village Maiden visual demo. Thankfully, beyond its PS5 exclusivity, there are no other requirements. Here’s how to download it:

  1. Turn on your PS5 and head into the PlayStation Store
  2. In the search bar, type in Resident Evil Village
  3. Select the listing for the Maiden demo
  4. Click Add to Library
  5. On the following page, choose the option to download the demo

Alternatively, you can claim the demo through the web by visiting the Resident Evil Village Maiden demo page on the PlayStation Store. As long as you’re logged in, you’ll be able to add the content to your library and have it start downloading to your system.

Whichever method you choose, your PS5 will begin downloading the files required to play the Maiden visual demo. It shouldn’t take too long to install, but to help pass the time, feel free to check out our guide to all Resident Evil Village editions and preorder bonuses. After that, there’s only a short wait for the next demo coming in spring, and the full release for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC on May 7, 2021.