The whole demo release matter has been quite confusing due to different vendors and sites giving out conflicting dates, but Ars Technica has gotten information off Electronic Arts clarifying things somewhat. The official release dates of the demo are:
- September 17th: People who pre-ordered from participating vendors
- September 24th: Xbox LIVE Gold members
- October 1st: Xbox LIVE Silver and PlayStation Network members (ie: everyone)
To ease the pain for those who haven’t pre-ordered — or those who’re pre-ordering from Best Buy because they want the LP sleeve — a few sites have been given early access codes by EA and are putting them up for grabs today:
None of them require you to do anything special, ranging from sending them an email to posting to their Twitter account. People will then be randomly selected and given a code. All of them need you to get your entries sent literally within hours, so get to it!
If you have no intention of pre-ordering or purchasing an Xbox LIVE account, I guess the opening cinematic that appeared in the Community Tracker yesterday will have to tide you over. (Thanks to Mykal for dropping that one in the comments.)
[September 17th, 2009 at 9:13 GMT+1] Looks like we’re go, at least in the UK. I just put my own pre-order code that I got from GAME into the Xbox LIVE code redemption area, and it said I’m entitled to the Brutal Legend demo and proceeded to begin downloading. Oh man.
[September 17th, 2009 at 11:44pm GMT+1] The latest word on the official Twitter feed is that some Xbox LIVE codes aren’t yet activated, and all PSN codes are inactive until 11pm PST.
[September 24th, 2009 at 10:34pm GMT+1] I’ve just had a buzz from EA saying that the demo should now be available to all Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers. Unfortunately, the official Twitter feed implies that European Xbox LIVE members aren’t included — oh man. Can anyone confirm this?