Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry was the last entry in the Devil May Cry franchise which wasn’t well received by the fans of the series. Turns out Devil May Cry 5 director originally wanted to develop a sequel to DmC: Devil May Cry instead of Devil May Cry 5.
Speaking with VG247, game director Hideaki Itsuno noted that he originally wanted to continue the story of Dante from the 2013’s reboot, DMC: Devil May Cry.
While Itsuno didn’t get to develop DmC: Devil May Cry 2 but, he noted that Devil May Cry 5 features a lot of stuff that the studio learned from the 2013 reboot.
I really wanted to make a DmC: Devil May Cry 2, after the first one. I was really pumped up to do it, and then that didn’t happen. So… when it came time to make a new game, we said, alright, let’s make Devil May Cry 5.
We had these people that didn’t work on DmC and people that did. Because we had these two sides mixing, it was like alright, we’re going to make Devil May Cry 5 – it’s not going to be a sequel to DmC, but we definitely want to do what we can to take what we learned from that game too.
He further noted that the development team for Devil May Cry 5 have a lot of guys that didn’t work on the DmC: Devil May Cry and it wouldn’t make sense that the team would work on DmC: Devil May Cry 2 without Ninja Theory‘s collaboration and that is why they decided to go with a numbered sequel.
One thing, if you think about it… it probably wouldn’t make sense to have these guys make a DmC 2,” Itsuno explained. “That’s something that Ninja Theory should collaborate with Capcom on, y’know? It would be different – it would lose something if we tried to do that only in Osaka. So it really made sense that we’d go to a sequel to DMC4. It’s something that the people in Osaka have more of a frame of reference for.
Not much is known about what Devil May Cry 5 in terms of story but a leaked footage has indicated that Dante will be facing his strongest adversary yet in the upcoming game.
Devil May Cry 5 is an action-adventure game in development at Capcom and is scheduled to launch on March 8, 2019, for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4.