Back in the good old days, there was no such thing as Open or Closed Betas which you might get access to by pre-ordering or applying. No, what we had was video game demos that usually were found on a disc attached to a magazine. It was the only way you could get an idea of what games are going to be like. Sometimes the demos had a time limit of 15 minutes or 30 minutes of play, and with the upcoming remake of 1998’s Resident Evil 2, it seems Capcom is doing exactly that with the demo. Announced with a trailer last night, they revealed what they’re calling the ‘1-Shot’ Demo, which will give you 30 mins of gameplay for Resident Evil 2:
It’s pretty cool that they’re going old-school with this, but there does seem to be some confusion regarding the ‘1-shot’. The trailer basically shows that you only get to play it once, and once that is done, you’re done, but there does seem to be a bit of confusion as to whether or not you’ll be able to replay the demo once your 30 minutes are up. Personally, I wouldn’t mind having just one shot at it, it makes it a bit of an event and adds some tension to the experience. Thankfully Capcom did clear it up a bit via their official blog:
Similar to the demo that we’ve had at various events since the game was first unveiled at E3 in 2018, you’ll be able to explore the R.P.D. as you like… but you’ll be on a time limit. Once those thirty minutes are up, so is your demo! Fortunately, you can continue if you die, or if you complete the mission objective. However, just like in real life, you can’t turn back the clock and you won’t be getting back the time you lost, so use what time you have wisely.
So, one shot, 30 minutes! No matter how the demo ends for you, you will get an exclusive (until someone puts it on YouTube) trailer afterwards, which you can watch multiple times. The demo will be available on PS4, Xbox One and PC and will be available to download from 11 to 31 January.