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Capcom is using Stadia tech for a web-based ‘Resident Evil Village’ demo

Starting today, you can stream a free demo of Resident Evil Village from Capcom’s website, with no need for a fancy gaming PC, Xbox or PlayStation. The demo is similar to one that’s available on other platforms, which allows players to explore parts of the village and castle. This appetizer for one of last year’s biggest-selling games is powered by Immersive Stream for Games, a version of Stadia tech that Google is licensing to others.

The demo will work on just about any computer, as well as iOS and Android phones and tablets, as long as the device can handle high-definition video and you have a sturdy enough internet connection (with a download speed of at least 10Mbps). It runs on Chrome on Windows, macOS and Android. On iOS, you can try it on Safari. The resolution tops out at 1080p and there’s no HDR mode.

PlayStation DualShock 4 and Xbox One controllers are officially supported, but other peripherals might work. Alternatively, you can use touch controls on mobile or a mouse and keyboard. 

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As with Stadia’s click-to-play trials, there’s no need to register to play the demo. It’s worth noting that you’ll be disconnected after 10 minutes of inactivity. There’s no save function, so you’ll need to restart from the beginning if you disconnect. You can play as many times as you like and there’s no time limit, unlike previous versions of the demo.

You can play the demo on Capcom’s website if you are in the US, UK, Canada, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Belgium, Ireland, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania or Hungary.

Capcom is Google’s second partner for Immersive Stream for Games. AT&T started offering its wireless customers free access to Batman: Arkham Asylum last October and Control: Ultimate Edition last month. Capcom seems more of a natural bedfellow, though.

Back in February, Insider reported that Google was looking to secure deals with Capcom, Peloton and others to build the licensing aspect of its game-streaming business. It was suggested that Capcom might use the tech to stream demos from its website, which turned out to be the case. This could even be a precursor to Capcom running its own game streaming storefront.

In other Resident Evil Village news, Capcom is bringing the game to Mac later this year. It’s also working on a version for the upcoming PlayStation VR2 headset.

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‘The Matrix Awakens’ is an Unreal Engine 5 demo you can preload today

On December 9th, Epic Games will release The Matrix Awakens, an interactive tie-in to The Matrix Resurrections. You can preload the demo to your PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X/S console ahead of its debut at The Game Awards. Epic built the experience using Unreal Engine 5, and you can see what the next-generation engine is capable of in a teaser the company shared today. “How do we know what is real?” asks a life-like Keanu Reeves partway through the clip.

It’s a rare movie experience that’s any good, but that might not matter with The Matrix Awakens. For most people, this will be their first chance to see UE5 in action. Epic previewed the latest iteration of its popular game engine part way through last year with a stunning PS5 demo that showed off what it could do. In May, the company released an early access version of UE5 to PC, but the system requirements meant most people couldn’t experience the Valley of the Ancient demo with the hardware they had.

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How to Import Your Save File from the Monster Hunter Stories 2 Demo

With a Rathian-like roar, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin is bursting onto the Nintendo Switch and PC in just a few days. Eager gamers don’t need to wait, however, to get their Monstery adventures started. Capcom has released a demo that gives players the opportunity to play through the beginning of the game. Best of all, progress carries over into the final release. 

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Where do you download the Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo?

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The first step, of course, is to download the Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo from the Nintendo eShop. Launch the shop and locate the product page for Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin. To the right, you will see options to pre-order the game and download the demo. The file is only 2.8Gb in size (compared to 14.5Gb for the full game), so it won’t take up much space and will be ready quickly on a high-speed internet connection.

Once you download the demo, feel free to play and enjoy the game as normal. This trial version lets you customize your rider and play through the beginning of the game. You can forge armor, hatch and develop monster companions, and head into battle.

The Monster Hunter Stories 2 demo does have a few limitations. The Connecticat, which facilitates multiplayer, will be unavailable. Amiibo functionality is also offline.

There is also a level cap. The demo will not let your character advance past level 11. It won’t stop you from playing, but it will stop counting experience points. The demo is not timed, but you will eventually reach an endpoint, and that is where you will likely import your save from.

How to create your Monster Hunter Stories 2 save

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Any save you create in the Monster Hunter 2 demo can be loaded from the full version of the game.

The demo is limited to a single save slot, rather than the three that will be available in the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2. Once you reach the end of the demo, a window will open and ask if you would like to “Save your current game progress?”

You are given the option to either Save or Cancel. Canceling allows you to continue the demo, but you cannot progress forward in the story.

If you choose the Save option, then the game will create your final save file, and you will no longer be able to use that to play the demo. You will need to wait until you are playing the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2 in order to continue.

The game does keep an autosave. If you change your mind and want to continue playing, then you can load the autosave from before the end of the demo, but keep in mind that any subsequent save will overwrite the file in your one save slot.

How to import your save in Monster Hunter Stories 2

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Once you have the full version of Monster Hunter Stories 2, importing your save is really easy. First, launch the game. There will be options to select, such as your preferred language, etc. Eventually, you will land on the title screen.

If you have a save from the demo, there will be an option on the bottom of the menu called Transfer from the Demo. Select that, and you will see a popup, asking if you would like to resume. Choose Resume, and the game will import your save, allowing you to continue from where you left off.

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This Ratchet & Clank demo made me want a PS5 all over again

The latest Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart gameplay trailer makes the PlayStation 5 look like a masterpiece. It looks so great that it’s shocking this game wasn’t a release title for the console. Not that the PlayStation 5 (PS5) has had any trouble selling units – it certainly hasn’t – but still. The trailer you’re about to see will make you want a PS5 more than you likely already want a PS5 if you don’t already have one now.

The trailer released this week was “Captured on PS5.” That doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to see exactly what you’ll get on your own PS5, but given the proximity to release we’re at here, it’d be completely goofy to show something different from what’s actually in the game. The trailer suggests this is a “Mix of gameplay and cinematic footage.”

Details look shockingly sharp. Colors are expressive and delightful. The game looks not only fun to play, but fun to watch played. That’s the way of the future, too – making sure the viewer enjoys what’s shown, not just what’s shown when played.

Materials in each scene look disturbingly real when still, and far better animated than most 3D animated television shows released in the past decade. It’s no surprise that current and future 3D animated films and shows are using gaming engines to make their vision a reality.

The trailer is in 4K and you’ll dive right into Coruscant… or probably not Coruscant since this isn’t Star Wars… but still – it’s basically the same future city you’ve seen in movies like Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Blade Runner, and The Fifth Element. It’s the inevitable way in which we’re going to live some day – smog included!

The game Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart has a release date of June 11, 2021. This game was developed by Insomniac Games and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation 5 at launch.

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Resident Evil Village demo extended after fan outcry

Gone are the days when most upcoming games, especially high-profile ones, came with playable demos before launch. Game publishers these days are more careful when putting anything out to the public that fans can use against them if things don’t go their way. That’s what made the Resident Evil Village demo quite notable in this day and age, but, unfortunately, it was actually too short to even matter. Fans definitely made their displeasure known, enough for Capcom to actually relent.

Capcom is making a lot of noise about the Resident Evil franchise’s next big installation, along with other forms of the game, including a VR version. Naturally, fans of the series are quite hyped about it and looked forward to the demo of the game that’s scheduled to go live next month on all supported platforms. Of course, there are limits to such demos but the biggest and perhaps most atrocious is for how long it will be available.

To its credit, Capcom was at least upfront about the fact that the 60-minute demo for Resident Evil Village will be available for only 24 hours. That means that all gamers, whether returning RE fans or complete newcomers, only have a day to actually take it for a test drive. Never mind if you have real-life concerns to take care of first.

Fans were naturally not amused and complained about the rather stingy and unreasonable limitation. Capcom fortunately reconsidered and is giving players on all platforms a week to preview the Village. The starting dates differ depending on the region but all three markets will at least enjoy the same 7 days, regardless.

That said, you still have only 60 minutes of in-game time to spend, even if spread out in a week. The demo will allow players to explore the Village and castle Demitrescu in 30-minute chunks. That will hopefully be enough to whet fans’ appetites until the game launches on May 7th.



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Resident Evil Village timed demo returns to PS4 and PS5 this weekend: When and how to play

Last weekend, Capcom launched an early access Resident Evil Village demo that gave PS4 and PS5 users a timed look at the titular village. That early access demo returns this weekend, only this time around, we’ll be stepping inside Castle Dimitrescu to have a look around. This weekend’s demo is still timed and still PlayStation-exclusive, so unfortunately, if you thought that the 30 minutes Capcom afforded you last weekend wasn’t enough to sate your desire to play, it looks like things won’t be any better this weekend.

Still, at least PS4 and PS5 users get to play this weekend. As part of a deal struck between Sony and Capcom, PlayStation owners have had exclusive, early access to the gameplay demo this weekend and last. Those who are playing on Xbox One and PC will have to wait until next weekend to play, and they’ll still be time-limited just like the PlayStation users have been.

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In any case, we’re guessing that Castle Dimitrescu is going to be the appealing part of the gameplay demo for most people interested in Resident Evil Village. While the village seems to be suitably creepy, it’s in that castle that players will be stalked by Lady Dimitrescu, the towering antagonist of Resident Evil Village who wields a set of killer-looking retractable claws.

If you played last weekend’s village demo, you don’t need to download anything else this weekend – simply start up the Resident Evil Village gameplay demo and you’ll be able to play through the castle segment this weekend. If you didn’t participate in the village demo last weekend, you’ll need to download the Resident Evil Village gameplay demo from the PlayStation Store first, which is available to pre-load now.

The demo will be playable from April 24th at 5 PM PDT/8 PM EDT to April 25th at at 1 AM PDT/4 AM EDT, which means you’ve got a grand total of 8 hours to check it out. You’ll only be able to play for 30 minutes as well, so don’t dally looking at the scenery inside the castle for too long. Next weekend, the full demo – both the village and castle segments – will be available to everyone across PS5, PS4, Xbox One, Xbox Series X, and Steam, giving those on other platforms the chance to check it out as well.

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Here’s When You Can Play The Resident Evil Village Demo

Resident Evil Village is getting a series of demos, but with one big catch. The demos will only be available for a very limited time. Players will get to explore a chunk of the world during the demo window, but it will disappear afterwards.

Announced at the Resident Evil spring showcase, the demo strategy is a little complicated. The main demo allows players to try a full hour of the game that takes them into both the village and castle areas, and will be available on Steam, Stadia, PlayStation 4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S.

The other demo is called 8 Hours in Village and is exclusive to PlayStation owners. It’s a bit of an early access situation where players will have 30 minutes to explore the castle in one session and the same amount of time to explore the village in another. It’s not clear if this version of the demo is exactly the same as the one-hour version, just split into two parts. This is also separate from the previously released, PlayStation-exclusive Maiden demo.

It’s all a little confusing, so here are the exact times when you’ll be able to play each Resident Evil Village demo.

Village Demo

  • Platforms: PS4/PS5
  • Details: 30 minutes to explore the village location.
  • Demo time: 5 p.m. PT on April 17 to 1 a.m. PT on April 18

Castle Demo

  • Platforms: PS4/PS5
  • Details: 30 minutes to explore the castle location.
  • Demo time: 5 p.m. PT on April 24 to 1 a.m. PT on April 25

Village And Castle Demo

  • Platforms: PS4/PS5/Xbox One/Xbox Series X|S/Steam/Stadia
  • Details: 60 minutes to explore both the castle and village locations.
  • Demo time: 5 p.m. PT on May 1 to 5 p.m. PT on May 2

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Resident Evil Village demo coming, RE4 heading to Oculus Quest 2

Capcom has plenty of original IPs but Resident Evil is perhaps its most notable in terms of disturbing imagery and stories. It’s a franchise that has gone beyond just games and even has its own live-action film series. In fact, it has one more coming, a reboot that will be joined by a Netflix CGI series. Those, however, weren’t the only things announced at Capcom’s Resident Evil Showcase, revealing details about the next major installment in the long-running series as well as its first VR incarnation.

Resident Evil Village marks the eighth (or twelfth) major installment in the survival horror series, putting players in the shoes of Ethan Winters as he attempts to rescue his daughter in the eponymous location. Slated for a May release on all major gaming platforms, including Stadia, Capcom announced some dates that might excite fans, especially those on Sony’s PlayStation consoles.

Capcom will be releasing a 30-minute demo of the Village map from April 17 to 18 as well as the Castle from April 24 to 25. These, however, will be exclusive to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5. Another and longer 60-minute demo for both locations will be available from May 1 to 2 on all supported platforms.

Capcom also finally revealed what would be its first virtual reality game and, perhaps to the disappointment of some, it won’t be this Resident Evil Village. Instead, Capcom and Oculus have decided to port of the 2005 hit Resident Evil 4 to the Oculus Quest 2. It will be a Quest 2 exclusive apparently, which will make it an important demonstration for the standalone headset’s capabilities.

What that port exactly has in store hasn’t been revealed yet but Capcom promises more details when Oculus holds its first-ever Gaming Showcase on April 21. In the meantime, Resident Evil will be celebrating its 25th anniversary alongside the fifth birthday of Dead by Daylight with a crossover that will take place in June this year.

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Resident Evil Village Gets Release Date and Demo

Resident Evil Village is officially launching on May 7 and a demo is available right now on PlayStation 5. The news comes from Capcom’s Resident Evil showcase theme, which revealed several new developments for the franchise.

The highly anticipated horror game is now coming to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S in addition to PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Last-gen players will get a free upgrade to the game on PS5 and on Xbox Series X via smart delivery. A demo for the game is available to play right now on PlayStation 5, which features a new character called The Maiden. A separate demo will come to other platforms in Spring.

Pre-orders open today and players can get a digital deluxe edition that includes in-game items. A collector’s edition includes a Chris Redfield figure and an art book. Players can also grab a bundle that features Resident Evil 7 and Village.

The showcase started with a new Resident Evil Village gameplay trailer that gave the closest look at the horror game yet. The video shows Resident Evil 7 protagonist Ethan Winters navigating a creepy castle in first-person and fighting entities surrounded by moths. The game features a newly revamped crafting system, a blocking mechanic, and side missions.

The showcase gave a first look at Re:Verse, a new multiplayer shooter featuring classic Resident Evil characters. The game will be free for anyone who purchases Resident Evil Village.

Rounding out the showcase, the new CGI Netflix film Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness made a quick appearance. The Division 2 is also getting some Resident Evil cosmetics, including a Leon Kennedy outfit.

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