"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 30 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!"
— Store description
The RESIDENT EVIL 2 1-Shot Demo was the only public demo of the Resident Evil 2 remake. It was officially announced on January 8, 2019.
The name of the demo is a reference to the 30 minutes given to play, it ends once the timer is finished. It was available between January 11 – 31, 2019, with the full game releasing on January 25.
An "Assisted" game mode is now available if the player dies during the demo.
There is only one loading screen present in this version of the demo instead of two.
When the demo is finished, the "Thank You for Playing." text will appear but not the image of Leon with the release date of the game. If the time runs out, the text will appear as well but instead of the results screen following it, the main keyart of the game is shown.
When Leon passes from the Operations Room to the Safety Deposit Room corridor, there is a chance his flashlight will completely disappear from his hand, but the light will still shine around.
If a zombie's limbs are all ripped off, it can still chase and deal damage to the player, however, if the character is standing directly above the zombie, it can end up not turning around to attack the player.
By January 15, the demo had been played by over 1.6 million users worldwide according to RE.NET. Four days later, the number of players had crossed the 2 million mark also according to RE.NET. On January 21, it was revealed that the demo had been downloaded over 3 million times.
According to the Capcom Integrated Report 2019, the 1-Shot Demo ended up being downloaded 5 million times. It was also stated that "Directing users of the trial version to the purchasing site after playing the game also led to a rise in the number of preorders".
↑Store description: "You must be signed in and have an active internet connection to play. If the application gets disconnected and goes offline during gameplay, the time counter will continue to progress upon returning to the title screen. Please reconnect once the warning message has been displayed, or exit the game once if any disconnection issues have been encountered."
↑Resident Evil on Twitter: "The Resident Evil 2 “1-Shot” Demo has been downloaded over 3 million times! Grab this 30-minute slice of survival horror before it’s gone on Jan 31, and prepare for your trip to Raccoon City. Resident Evil 2 launches on PS4, XB1, and Steam this week on Jan 25!… https://t.co/faq93HLgnL"