TGS ’10: Devil May Cry Getting Reboot, Face-Lift


Dante looks a little different from what we’re used to.

It’s Devil May Cry, but not as we know it.

An emaciated man hangs from chains in a dirty, white-tile prison. His interrogators want to know his name. Cut to the same man, decked in a familiar red coat, cutting down demons left, right, and center with his gigantic sword. The man’s name is finally revealed to be Dante. This is “DMC.”

A fifth Devil May Cry has been a long time coming, but the new trailer aired at TGS hints that Capcom’s Keiji Inafune may be hitting the reset button on the series. While the signature red coat remains, Dante looks very different. While still adept at killing demons, this Dante is younger and sports a mop of black hair. Even the art-style veers into new territory. And then, there’s the name. This isn’t Devil May Cry 5, just “DMC.”

Reboots seem in vogue right now, with X-Com and Medal of Honor following the same path of late. Can the simple shedding of a number freshen up a tired series? Thankfully it looks like Ninja Theory is serious about taking DMC in a new direction and it’ll be exciting to see where this goes.

New Capcom creation Asura’s Wrath was also unveiled at the same conference, accompanied by a crazy, over-the-top trailer. It seems Asura, broken and bloodied, has been attacked by his fellow gods with what looks to be the fiery space-finger of Buddha and is left for dead. Very Asian-inspired … and it must be said, very God of War inspired. Will be available on both the PS3 and the Xbox 360.

TGS 2010 reporting is done jointly by Fintan Monaghan and Lisa Gay.

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