When DMC, the fifth installment in the series, was first shown to the world, the reaction from fans was less than positive, bordering on the downright hostile at times to the way that Dante and his new world appeared. However, that attitude has softened in recent months, something that Capcom is aware of, and understands.
“Yeah, now it’s fine, but I could have done without having to fear for my life,” Capcom US producer Alex Jones said to VG247.
There was always going to be people who saw new Dante and who didn’t want it, and that’s fine. We understand – I understand – that people are passionate about it, so this isn’t a bad thing.
Being angry about it – yeah I get that – but we always said, ‘when you see the game, and you play it, trust me, you’re going to understand that we were doing the right thing’. Now that’s happening, so yeah it’s vindication, but it’s not like smugly sitting back and going ‘ha ha’.
It’s more like, ‘We understand why you guys had doubts, and we knew that we had to prove this to you, and we were happy to do it.’ That was our responsibility.
Jones also briefly commented on how the change of development teams DMC had gone through has affected the direction of the game. Remember that all previous Devil May Cry were developed in Japan while DMC is being developed by western developers Ninja Theory.
One of the things about making a western game, we wanted to make the tone a little less campy, and a little more darker It’s still got a sense of humour, but it’s just more appropriate in the world Dante is now in, where’s it’s less acceptable to make corny jokes and better to make darker ones.
He’s still irreverent, he’s still – at the end of the day – the guy who will kick your ass and drop a cool one liner afterwards. I for one am not totally convince about the new Dante, but I’m willing to give the game a chance at least. Devil May Cry 4 had the new character “Nero” and I really didn’t find him on the same level as the classic old Dante.
Who knows though maybe this interpretation of a beloved character may just be the thing needed to revitalize the whole series.