Resident Evil 6 Demo: Timed-exclusives show no sign of slowing

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Earlier this week we spoke about some new gameplay footage for Resident Evil spinoff Operation Raccoon City, but now we’re pleased to say that we have some exciting news regarding Resident Evil 6. Capcom has just confirmed that there will be a demo for the upcoming horror shooter, but unfortunately it looks like timed-exclusive content is still firmly in the minds of some developers.

Resident Evil 6 is not due to land on consoles until the middle of November this year, but developers Capcom have just revealed that PS3 and Xbox 360 owners will be able to get their hands on a gameplay preview via a demo which will come included with the release of another anticipated Capcom game – Dragon’s Dogma.

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Dragon’s Dogma is an action RPG type of game which was originally due to hit the Xbox 360 and PS3 in March. Capcom has now revealed that the game has been delayed until May, but to make up for it a Resident Evil 6 demo code will be packaged along with the game.

Here’s where the timed-exclusive bit comes in though. It looks like Capcom has struck a deal with Microsoft to give Xbox 360 owners first dibs on the RE6 demo as they will be able to download the demo on July 3rd. Some 60 days later, the demo will then become available on PS3 on September 3, giving Xbox 360 owners a full two months to enjoy the demo before PS3 users.

We’re not really a fan of constant timed-exclusives, but clearly this is another sign of what the industry has become these days. Obviously there is the ongoing exclusive DLC for Modern Warfare 3 on Xbox 360, and also the recent news that Xbox 360 owners will also get some exclusive DLC for Final Fantasy XIII-2 as well. Perhaps it’s a case of tit for tat though, as Xbox 360 users may see this as a little payback for Street Fighter X Tekken, a game that will come packed with exclusive characters on the PlayStation 3 version.

Either way, a Resident Evil 6 demo is coming so it is great news. Will you pick up Dragon’s Dogma solely for the demo, or are you interested in investing your money in Capcom’s brand new IP? Hopefully we’ll have some gameplay footage for you soon.