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Resident Evil Village Maiden demo launches on PlayStation 5: 4K checkerboarding, ray-tracing, and that tall, scary lady

Village Maiden gives PlayStation 5 owners a chance to experience Resident Evil 8's atmosphere (Image source: Capcom)
Village Maiden gives PlayStation 5 owners a chance to experience Resident Evil 8's atmosphere (Image source: Capcom)
Capcom recently released Resident Evil Village Maiden as a surprise demo for PlayStation 5 owners. With just months to go before the game's May 7th release, Village Maiden gives us a (horrifying) glimpse of what's to come.

Capcom surprised PlayStation 5 owners recently by releasing Resident Evil Village Maiden, a standalone demo for the upcoming Resident Evil: Village. The demo is brief: completion times vary from between 10 to 30 minutes. However, it gives us a good look at the technology underpinning the first ninth-gen exclusive Resident Evil game. 

And for gamers thirsting for the incredibly tall "vampire lady," Lady Dimitrescu makes a brief appearance. Her name, together with the fact that the Romanian Leu appears to be the in-game currency, means Village is likely set in Dracula's home country. 

What's particularly interesting, though, is how Village Maiden gives us a proper glimpse of 9th-gen console tech in action. Resident Evil: Village is an exclusive, and unlike most launch-day titles on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, it was built specifically with ninth-gen specs in mind.

Capcom stated earlier that the scale of their technical ambitions in this title was simply too great to work on the PlayStation 4. While the demo's brief, the next-gen difference is evident, with extremely high quality model and texture work, great material rendering and skin shading, as well as the addition of ray-traced reflections. 

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Arjun Krishna Lal, 2021-01-23 (Update: 2021-01-23)
Arjun Krishna Lal
Arjun Krishna Lal - News Editor - 416 articles published on Notebookcheck since 2019
I've had a passion for PC gaming since 1996, when I watched my dad score frags in Quake as a 1 year-old. I've gone on to become a Penguin-published author and tech journalist. When I'm not traveling the world, gathering stories for my next book, you can find me tinkering with my PC.