Resident Evil 2 30-minute "1-Shot Demo" debuts next week

The Resident Evil 2 remake will be available as a special demo next week that you can play for just 30 minutes.


Capcom is letting survival horror fans have a sneak peek of the upcoming Resident Evil 2 remake before it officially debuts.

The "1-Shot Demo" will offer players a taste of the full game when Resident Evil 2 launches on January 11. It will be available through January 31, and will allow those on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC to try out the game in a timed 30 minute demo slice. Would-be Raccoon City survivors have to conquer the game's trials in just 30 minutes.

The demo follows rookie police officer Leon S. Kennedy as he arrives at the Raccoon City Police Station on his first day on the job. Of course, he wasn't counting on the place being overrun with zombies. Leon has to survive a throng of bloodthirsty zombies before escaping, all the while the clock ticks down. It's going to be an austere challenge, that's for sure, especially since there's so much to explore and so little time to do it in.

If players complete the mission objective under 30 minutes, they can restart the demo and keep playing until they've used the entirety of the allotted time. If they end up falling to zombies during the 30 minutes, they can continue to restart until they reach the full 30 minute limit, but when they triumph, that's it.

When the demo is completed, it will play a brand new cinematic trailer meant only for those who play the demo. You won't be able to restart the demo once finished, but the trailer can be viewed indefinitely when it's unlocked.

The Resident Evil 2 remake uses the proprietary Capcom RE Engine and will offer a brand new take on the classic survival horror game with new scenarios and other interesting changes. It's scheduled to debut on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC on January 25.

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    January 8, 2019 10:50 AM

    Brittany Vincent posted a new article, Resident Evil 2 30-minute "1-Shot Demo" debuts next week

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      January 8, 2019 12:25 PM

      Huh. Thirty minutes, unplayable after completion, timed lockout seems awfully stingy...

      But still I'll definitely be downloading and playing this.

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      January 8, 2019 12:28 PM

      How soon will the PC version get those limitations hacked out of it?

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        January 8, 2019 12:43 PM

        I am very skeptical that this demo will be available on PC for those very reasons.

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      January 8, 2019 12:40 PM

      Having it not transfer to the main game is dumb. I don't want to replay the first 30 minutes again. The fuck

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      January 8, 2019 4:35 PM

      I am super excited for the game and so I am super excited for this. I've already got the deluxe version, the cool part of that being that I'll be able to swap out the music for the classic music. That said, I am prepared for disappointment on PC 21:9 support without tweaks.

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