Although the game garnered much interest among Resident Evil fans, Capcom did not present any footage or information about Resident Evil 5 at E3 2006. Capcom revealed a brief new trailer for the game at E3 2007. The full E3 trailer for the game became available on the Xbox 360 Marketplace and PlayStation Network Store on July 26, 2007.
In late March 2008, the April issue of Famitsu Wave was bundled with a DVD containing a preview of the game. On April 10, 2008, a translation of the video was published on Capcom's official blog. Takeuchi gave new information on the game and showed new gameplay footage. A new trailer shown at Captivate '08 debuted on Spike TV's show Gametrailers TV, on May 31, 2008, as well as the GameTrailers.com website.
A playable demo of the game was released in Japan on December 5, 2008 for the Xbox 360. A playable demo was released in North America and Europe as a one-week exclusive for the Xbox 360 on January 26, 2009. On February 2, 2009, the demo was released for the PlayStation 3. Another preview was released for the movie Friday the 13th, finally giving the name of the virus; "Uroboros".
Fear You Can't Forget
- Main article: Fear You Can't Forget
Fear You Can't Forget was an American television campaign from the game, set in the days after the game where Chris Redfield is coping with posttraumatic stress disorder. The marketing campaign was not written by Capcom's Japanese writing team, so is not considered canon.
BSAA Remote Desktop
- Main article: BSAA Remote Desktop
The BSAA Remote Desktop was a Japanese ARG taking the form of a BSAA-issue laptop. It contained files relating to the recent history and geography of Kijuju, as well as hinting a TRICELL conspiracy to bring the organization to Kijuju in order to eliminate investigators. The ARG thus relates directly to the game's opening levels. This desktop is part of the series canon.
Adam's Blog was an ARG developed alongside the BSAA Remote Desktop, which explained the recent developments in Kijuju from the point of view of a civilian worker. Though written in English, it directly used Japanese notes. It is, thus, canon.
Xbox 360 art and correction
On January 21, D+PAD Magazine reported that Resident Evil 5 will be released with Limited Edition Xbox 360 box art. On January 21, 2009, pictures of the Limited Edition box claimed to allow 2-16 players to play offline via system link. Capcom initially responded stating that their "box art isn't lying", but refused to give any more details. However, soon after, Capcom issued another statement that contradicted their original response stating that the information on the box art was an error and that the correct number of players supported by system link is only two.
- ↑ Thorsen, Tor, E3 06: MIA @ E3 06 (July 15, 2006), MTV Video Games, Retrieved March 31, 2007.
- ↑ 2.0 2.1 Navarro, Alex, E3 07: Resident Evil 5 Trailer Impressions (July 10, 2007), Gamespot, Retrieved on July 11, 2007.
- ↑ Onyett, Charles, E3 2007: Microsoft Conference Live Updates (July 10, 2007), IGN (AU), Retrieved on July 11, 2007.
- ↑ Kramer, Chris. New Resident Evil 5 trailer to premier on “Gametrailers TV with Geoff Keighley” May 31 @ 1 AM EST/PST (May 15, 2008), Capcom US. Retrieved on May 23, 2008.
- ↑ Resident Evil 5 "Captivate '08" Trailer
- ↑ SCEA main site