Not long ago, when fans got their first glimpse at what Capcom and Ninja Theory were doing with DmC: Devil May Cry – more specifically what they were doing to Dante – there was a bit of an outcry. Gamers demanded that the powers that be axe the plans they had, and, at the very least, change the look of one of the most badass demon hunters in videogamedom back to what it had been before.

Well, Ninja Theory stuck to their guns, and kept the dark-haired Dante as they envisioned him. When the game releases early next year, that will be the Dante you take control of. However, Capcom has made it quite clear that this is not to be considered “as replacement for the Devil May Cry world, but rather, an expansion of it.” Speaking to the future of the series, Hideaki Itsuno, the game’s supervising director, stated:

“If people are still interested in exploring the other world of Devil May Cry that exists, we’re happy to go back to that as well.”

While the team working on the game is very excited about showing off what they’ve created, they also want to make it clear that nothing they have done is necessarily permanent. Or, as Itsuno put it:

“Opening one door does not mean that another has to close automatically. We are leaving all options on the table, so to speak.”

Basically, Ninja Theory is hinting at the possibility of returning the series to its roots in the future, if it turns out that that’s what the fans want to happen. While I applaud a developer taking fan input into account, my question would be: if your plan has become to just revert the franchise back to what it was, what exactly is the point of DmC?

DmC is supposed to be a parallel to the existing series: occurring in an alternate universe where Dante emerged with hair black as coal instead of white as snow. While that allows Ninja Theory to experiment with the Devil May Cry property, it also has the potential to make anything that happens in the game’s story completely non-canon. Should they choose to go back to the previous Devil May Cry universe, anything they set up in DmC could be completely disregarded. ‘Parallel universe’ is almost as bad as ‘it was all a dream’ as far as deux ex machinas go.

Should that happen, it would effectively be as though this game didn’t take place. I suppose if you’re a hardcore fan of the original series, then this is good news for you. But at the very least, wait until the game drops on January 15th to make your final decision. It could be that this new entry outdoes anything that Devil May Cry has done before.

via[Beefjack]

11 COMMENTS

  1. i cant see a western version of devil may cry outdoing the past games look at it it doesnt look as good as devil may cry 4 and that game came out in 2008 ninja theory also not good devs for one never been a fan of thier games they make short games and as for the loss of manual lockon i hate it i like manual lockon being used to pull off loads of moves it stops games from being too easy to play stuff making everything mainstream what about us hardcore gamers that want the harder controls after all making it easy means finnishing it too soon looks like DmC is devil may cry for noobs i lost interest the moment i found out it was ninja theory making it

  2. i cant see a western version of devil may cry outdoing the past games look at it it doesnt look as good as devil may cry 4 and that game came out in 2008 ninja theory also not good devs for one never been a fan of thier games they make short games and as for the loss of manual lockon i hate it i like manual lockon being used to pull off loads of moves it stops games from being too easy to play stuff making everything mainstream what about us hardcore gamers that want the harder controls after all making it easy means finnishing it too soon looks like DmC is devil may cry for noobs i lost interest the moment i found out it was ninja theory making it

  3. Theres auto lockon to make sure you can knock up more than one enemy into the air manual lock is not quick enough and you could only stick to a single enemy and theres more mixing it up with three weapons on the go

  4. please god release one from the old universe. would be awesome =] they would get so much publicity for just releasing one from the old franchise after this one comes out that it would probably sell better than any devil may cry before it. seriously hope dmc4 outsells this DmC thing though.

  5. excuses. excuses, excuses. All NT and Capcom can do are excuses. Prove it! Prove, that this isn’t the end of classic DMC by creating new DMC game. Otherwise, who cares what are you saying.

  6. If you’re gonna call this article “dmc goes old school” them why is Nero on the front? He’s about as old school as twilight. Put Dante up ther. That would be true old school dmc. Not this Nero tool.

  7. Because the reboot is stupid , pointless, and ridiculous and never should be existed. And please don’t give Ninja theory, I have enough their attitude and shits that fucked my hero—the real DANTE. Just give the whole series back to Hideki Kamiya, everyone will be happy to see that.

  8. god i hope so new fans can enjoy DmC all they want but its because of DMC that this game even exists going back to the original series is what is needed for capcom to win fans back and also think about what to do this time ask the fans they dont have to do everything fans want but listen to them take it from there dont care if its dante or nero thats in DMC5 aslong as its back to proper devil may cry

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