Resident Evil 2 gets 'One-Shot' demo in January (update)

Updated January 10, 2019: The Resident Evil 2: One Shot Demo is now available in New Zealand. Since it's free, anyone can download and play it right now. You just have to click here.

It looks like the Resident Evil 2 remake is getting a surprise demo in January. According to a report by TrueAchievements, the team recently spotted a listing for the "Resident Evil 2: One-Shot Demo" on the Xbox Store. You can read an excerpt from the official description below.

This specially-tuned demo allows you to experience the newly reimagined Resident Evil 2, but be warned: whilst you can continue as many times as you like after dying, you'll only have thirty minutes to complete the demo. Take in the horror atmosphere at your own pace, or make a desperate dash to solve all the puzzles Raccoon Police Department has to offer? The choice is yours! This demo is available until January 31, 2019. You must be signed in and have an active internet connection to play.

According to the outlet, the demo should launch on January 11, a few days before Residnet Evil 2 releases on January 25. Hopefully this little peek into the game will blow people away, especially those who have been waiting years for the remake.

At the PlayStation E3 2018 reveal, it was unclear if the game was a PlayStation 4 exclusive or coming to other platforms. Luckily, we reached out to Capcom and the team provided us with confirmation that Resident Evil 2 was indeed coming to Xbox One, with Xbox One X enhancements in tow. The Xbox Store lists Resident Evil 2 as a "4K Ultra HD" title. In an interview with GamingBolt, Capcom Brand Manager Mike Lunn said players also get a 60 FPS option.

Resident Evil 2 originally launched in 1998 and is considered a cult classic. The title features tense exploration and puzzle-solving gameplay that are staples in the series even to this day. For those unfamiliar with the story, players join rookie police officer Leon Kennedy and college student Claire Redfield, who are thrust together by a disastrous outbreak in Raccoon City. The illness transforms the population into deadly zombies who just want to kill.

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Asher Madan

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