Devil May Cry Reboot Designed to Provoke Fans

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Devil May Cry Reboot Designed to Provoke Fans

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If the new Dante upset you, annoyed you, or indeed, made you want to say something about it at all, then he did exactly what Capcom hoped he would.

The fan reaction when Capcom unveiled the new Devil May Cry at the Tokyo Game Show last month was mixed, thanks to the hefty makeover developer Ninja Theory had given lead character Dante. Ninja Theory defended Dante's new look, saying that it was a sorely needed update, but it turns out that there was more to it than that. According to Capcom, part of the reason for the radical new look was to shock people into talking about Devil May Cry again.

Capcom's Chris Svensson said that the company had been well aware the changes would evoke a very strong reaction in fans, and that it had deliberately asked Ninja Theory to come up with different and more creative designs. "The original concepts that came back for Dante were actually extremely close to the Dante everyone knows and loves," he explained. "The feedback that came back from [Keiji] Inafune and [Hideaki] Itsuno was, 'No guys, this needs to be completely different, we need you to go much further and be much more creative.'" He said that by mixing things up and getting people talking, Capcom dramatically raised the visibility of the game, and stopped it from being just another Devil May Cry.

Svensson said not to expect any major changes to Dante's design before the game launches either, at least not until the end of the game. "This is meant to be an origin story," he said. "There are going to be some interesting changes and twists to what people think they know about Dante or where he came from."

By saying that it was part of a strategy, Svensson makes it sound a little cold and clinical, like Capcom was manipulating its fans, but if you put aside the language that Svensson uses and look at what Capcom actually did, it's clearly just an attempt to revitialize the series and make it exciting again. After the excesses of Devil May Cry 4, it might be just what the series needs.

Source: IGN

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Hmm in their feedback thread the DmC redesign was heavily criticised by almost every poster...

I hope they either redesign this or after this go back to the DMC3 formula.

Capcom be trollin'...

Then again Infamous 2's Cole did get redesigned to look a bit more like the first's, so who knows, maybe if the fans yell enough, they'll get Capcom to make it look like the older Dante.

I'm kind of confused as to exactly why they are doing a prequel to a series that already has a prequel in it, but meh.
The new Dante looks alright, and I'd much rather have the old Dante back, but I can see what they are getting at with these changes.

What's with some of these Japanese developers making gamers jump through hoops to get games and just plain going batshit crazy lately?

"You're being manipulated, just as expected HA ah HA uh HA!"

Eh, I mean it's one of those things that you just can't please everyone. Some hate it, some don't. Sells will reflect if this was a good move or not

capcom you sneky bastards.I figured as much, you guys never really did like to stick with a good thing.

As opposed to actually taking the risk and just making a new IP?

make fans talk by making Dante look like a horse's a$$ nice going capcom, i will still get the game

Nice one Capcom. Using fanboys to your advantage is always an awesome move, even if they don't buy your game because of it XD

Now I feel like a pawn in a diabolical game...

It feels nice. I have no problems with the new Dante as long the cocky attitude stays.

A pretty smart move.

Irridium:
Capcom be trollin'...

Then again Infamous 2's Cole did get redesigned to look a bit more like the first's, so who knows, maybe if the fans yell enough, they'll get Capcom to make it look like the older Dante.

lets hope the voice is the same, graveling, whiskey dry voice fit the character

Radeonx:
I'm kind of confused as to exactly why they are doing a prequel to a series that already has a prequel in it, but meh.
The new Dante looks alright, and I'd much rather have the old Dante back, but I can see what they are getting at with these changes.

uh, the zelda franchise only has one sequel, Zelda 2 on the NES

the rest of the zelda games are all prequels and non canons, with prequels too =P

therandombear:

Irridium:
Capcom be trollin'...

Then again Infamous 2's Cole did get redesigned to look a bit more like the first's, so who knows, maybe if the fans yell enough, they'll get Capcom to make it look like the older Dante.

lets hope the voice is the same, graveling, whiskey dry voice fit the character

Wait, Cole or Dante?

Because Cole now sounds like Ellis.

Irridium:

therandombear:

Irridium:
Capcom be trollin'...

Then again Infamous 2's Cole did get redesigned to look a bit more like the first's, so who knows, maybe if the fans yell enough, they'll get Capcom to make it look like the older Dante.

lets hope the voice is the same, graveling, whiskey dry voice fit the character

Wait, Cole or Dante?

Because Cole now sounds like Ellis.

Cole, keep cole's old voice from infamous 1.
Even though I love ellis' voice from L4D2, it doesn't fit the lone man who is betrayed by his friend, and tricked into letting his girlfriend die :p

therandombear:

Irridium:

therandombear:

Irridium:
Capcom be trollin'...

Then again Infamous 2's Cole did get redesigned to look a bit more like the first's, so who knows, maybe if the fans yell enough, they'll get Capcom to make it look like the older Dante.

lets hope the voice is the same, graveling, whiskey dry voice fit the character

Wait, Cole or Dante?

Because Cole now sounds like Ellis.

Cole, keep cole's old voice from infamous 1.
Even though I love ellis' voice from L4D2, it doesn't fit the lone man who is betrayed by his friend, and tricked into letting his girlfriend die :p

Perhaps his new voice will have an air of spoiler tags around them ;)

this post is to make the above post show

What would be creative is overhauling the character while leaving key characteristics of him in place. To an extent, something like the difference between Super Mario Bros. Mario and Super Mario World Mario. Something that would say, this is actually the character we're telling you it is, not just some thing we drew. They say that the most creativity comes from working around your constraints.

However, what would be even more creative is having an original IP for once.

CAPCOM.

Irridium:
this post is to make the above post show

I smell double post!

I think this Dante looks better than the previous one.

008Zulu:
I think this Dante looks better than the previous one.

I agree, Capcom went from gay fashion designer to angry emo kid, it's a little improvement, but an improvement non the less.

I call BS, Capcom just came out with this statement to make it look like an elaborate ruse to fool people into talking about a game. When did Capcom get marketing sence ?

I've never played DMC but even I think the new look is stupid. I highly doubt Capcom wanted the fans to get up in arms about it. I suspect they're trying to "brave face" it.

EDIT: Damnit! Ninja'd by Khaun. Well played sir.

I get the feeling that through the story he gets his white hair somehow.

coldfrog:
What would be creative is overhauling the character while leaving key characteristics of him in place. To an extent, something like the difference between Super Mario Bros. Mario and Super Mario World Mario. Something that would say, this is actually the character we're telling you it is, not just some thing we drew. They say that the most creativity comes from working around your constraints.

However, what would be even more creative is having an original IP for once.

CAPCOM.

Yeh the best things come out of Constrants, you have to plan everything which leads to great ideas.

coldfrog:
What would be creative is overhauling the character while leaving key characteristics of him in place. To an extent, something like the difference between Super Mario Bros. Mario and Super Mario World Mario. Something that would say, this is actually the character we're telling you it is, not just some thing we drew. They say that the most creativity comes from working around your constraints.

However, what would be even more creative is having an original IP for once.

CAPCOM.

Does this count?

greeeeaaat.

I still hate the new dante for smoking instead of having a strawberry sundae.
and to think they actually had something that looked like dante.......Bastards.

The game's trailer actually makes it seem worth playing for once. Screw that old japanese look, this is so much better.

I'm not surprised that part of the redesign was to stir indignation among the die-hard DMC fans.

I'm not entirely sold on the redesign since there doesn't seem to be any word on how different it is past cosmetic, but I personally kind of like that they tried something other than the typical "white haired pretty boy" (no offense).

EDIT: I just saw Upbeat Zombie's comment a little higher up and, now that I think about it, he could have a point: The white hair will probably show up sometime over the course of the game.

Planning to provoke fanboys? You don't need to do anything to provoke fanboys, this is more like saying you planned on the sun rising in the morning.

Irridium:
Capcom be trollin'...

Then again Infamous 2's Cole did get redesigned to look a bit more like the first's, so who knows, maybe if the fans yell enough, they'll get Capcom to make it look like the older Dante.

Or they'll take the completely logical route and have him look like DMC 3's Dante by the end of the game.

I honestly would picture Dante as a scrawny bitchy teenager and Capcom has done just that. It's an origin story. As long as he's back to being the Dante we know and love by the end of the game then I really don't see a reason to complain.

Bravo at Capcom for doing this. It certainly sparked my interest in the series once more.

I'm seeing that it's going to be like Shadow of the Colossus in that the character's appearance gradually changes from start to finish. In the trailer, there are scenes where Dante has odd patches of white in his otherwise dark hair, so I think a re-viewing of the traler can open this up to others too. His powers probably have an influence on this. I just hope the reboot means I don't have to stare at a chapter load screen every five minutes.

Well it better change him from looking like a bloody meth addict itching for his next fix into the half daemon/half human smartass we all love so much.

Capcom be trollin'...

DAMN! NINJA'D!

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