Sony and Capcom saying nothing as to a Resident Evil 5 PS3 demo release

Thursday, 15th January 2009 11:04 GMT By Mike


Sony and Capcom have not been able to clarify to whether the Resident Evil 5 demo, announced for 360 yesterday, will be coming to PSN.

Sony has told VG247 that it isn’t “told about 3rd party releases on the PSN until they go live” and Capcom says it has “nothing further to announce regarding the RE5 demo at the moment.”

Yesterday’s press release (below) made no mention of PlayStation 3 or PSN which led to questions as to whether PS3 owners would get a demo or not.

By Mike Bowden

“Resident Evil 5″ Demo Premiers Exclusively on Xbox 360 Starting January 26

Xbox 360 gamers worldwide won’t have to wait until March 13, 2009 to get their hands on the highly-anticipated “Resident Evil 5.” The next installment of the landmark survival horror franchise from Capcom will take action to a new level with a two-level, playable demo available exclusively on Xbox 360 for one week beginning Monday, January 26. In the demo, players will have a first glimpse of the fear they will never forget, as “Resident Evil 5” makes daylight just as terrifying as darkness. Additionally, a new exclusive high-definition trailer of the game, shown only at the past Tokyo Game Show in October of 2008, will be made available for download on the Xbox LIVE service on Friday, Jan. 16.

Fans will have the opportunity to experience “Resident Evil 5’s” revolutionary new features early, including two-player co-op with voice chat along with new characters, weapons and environments. The demo is set within two stages from the beginning of the game – Assembly Place and Shanty Town — featuring plenty of co-operative action, shooting, hordes of bloodthirsty infected Majini enemies and a few puzzles to round out the action. The demo has three levels of co-op play: single-player with AI support, two-player split-screen on a single Xbox 360 and two-player across Xbox LIVE.

Xbox 360 gamers will also be first to take on the new enemies in battle, including an army of weapon-wielding infected Majini, the gigantic hooded Majini Executioner and even the dreaded Chainsaw Majini. Players can also choose between the classic “Resident Evil”-style controls or switch to the newer “Action” controls inspired by games like “Gears of War 2” and “Halo 3.”

In this hotly anticipated new title coming on March 13, Chris Redfield returns as the “Resident Evil” hero and heads to Africa where the latest bioterrorism threat is literally transforming the people and animals of the city into mindless, maddened creatures. Joining forces with a new partner, Sheva Alomar, the two must work together to discover the truth behind this evil plot. Utilizing the new co-op mode, players will be able to assume control of either Chris or Sheva and experience “Resident Evil” in new ways.



  1. SplatteredHouse

    Oh dear.
    I’d have thought, from those The Last Remnant press releases that you’d all be aware of Microsoft’s antics by now.
    Whereby they send out deliberately worded releases (and ones about multiplatform games, exclusively focussed on their platform’s release of said title), to make it appear as though an anticipated game/download won’t be appearing on rival platforms.

    To explain what you’ve missed in this case, the above text clearly states that the demo will be exclusively available on 360 for one week.

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Mike

    The release is from Capcom, not MS.

    #2 6 years ago
  3. SplatteredHouse

    It’s not such a stretch from “can’t talk about a rival platform release” (as a contract clause) to the above – where, as you point out, there’s no mention of PS3 or PSN. It’s merely implied.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. SplatteredHouse

    As I recall, those previous releases I mentioned may have been by S-E, too. But, we KNOW they weren’t/aren’t allowed to talk about PS3 TLR (the reporter said that all discussion of it was strictly taboo, when he visited the game’s creators premises – shortly after the time these releases were appearing.)
    Anyway, I think it’s all entirely deceptive and dubious practice.

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Blerk

    I thought they’d already confirmed it for the week after? Bizarre.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. Tonka


    #6 6 years ago
  7. Blerk

    The next installment of the landmark survival horror franchise from Capcom will take action to a new level with a two-level, playable demo available exclusively on Xbox 360 for one week beginning Monday, January 26.

    Given that it’s not really very likely that the demo will be available for only one week, we can only presume that it’s the exclusivity which lasts a week and not the game itself. And given that the only other platform it’s announced for is the PS3, then…? Yes? Surely?

    Incidentally, it’ll only be available to Gold subscribers for that first week too. Scabby Silver users won’t get it until the week after… the same day as the PS3 version (maybe) releases.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. Tonka

    I hear They will Quorn it.

    #8 6 years ago
  9. TristanMike

    Regardless of whether the demo comes to the PS3 or not, this is just another prime example of how it seems that SCE is doing nothing to ensure that its customer base gets the best of the best when first available. It seems that Sony is pretty much refusing to go to bat for us. In my opinion, they’ve dug their own grave with this consumer.

    In this business, the dirty player wins.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Quiiick

    Who cares who wins by numbers?
    As long as you manage to stay halfway clean and avoid getting dirrrty you morally win, and this is all that counts in the end.

    #10 6 years ago
  11. fearmonkey

    For a one week exclusive demo deal, who cares….
    It’s not like it’s no demo for the PS3.
    If the opposite was true, I would not think it too big a deal.

    #11 6 years ago

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