TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

We’ve been speculating that a new release from the Devil May Cry franchise has been imminent for a while now. That’s why when Capcom announced a new DMC game at the Tokyo Game Show, it came as little shock.

What did come as a shock was the new direction  Capcom is taking the game in and the bold new look of the main character. I use the word bold sparingly. Dante has never looked this much like an average Joe. So if you’re a raging fan of the DMC series like i am, i suppose you should be glad that there’s a new game coming out.

It’s titled DMC, which as we know is an abbreviation for Devil May Cry. I know i dont sound very excited, but it’s a little hard to explain. Here, just watch the reveal trailer, you’ll understand.

Did you see it? Good. Now, perhaps you understand why I don’t sound as enthusiastic as I should. Even though there is no gameplay, and anything I say is subject to changing and expanding information, the initial shock of the video is strong enough to send a fan angrily from Capcom’s superior midst.

Handling itself like some kind of redesign or reboot, the game doesn’t seem to take much from its best selling formers, which is bound to be a problem since most people have bought the sequential DMC games for those merits; the undeniably cool Dante, the dangerously stylish action, the unique combat system and ambiance. Which of these merits are intact remains to be seen but things certainly don’t look good.

What say I jot down all the things wrong with this video in contrast to the expanse of series staples I know of being a longtime fan. The first thing we’re shown in the video is a quote from the philosopher David Hume. I can’t say I remember seeing this in any of the four other DMC games, but this is only the beginning of that feeling.

We are then shown a sprawling city whose architectural design and composition isn’t too far from what we’ve seen in the other games, which is doubtlessly a good thing. The next thing we see is some sad, tortured looking figure bound in chains in what looks like an interrogation room. A deep voiced narrator is babbling about the psycho-evaluation of a subject 644-A.

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

Another dark voice then asks the very pathetic looking, tortured man “What is your name” at this point we’re shown a close up of the prisoner and he looks so very flimsy that you couldn’t care much less what his name was. As they zoom in on the man, it is revealed that he has red eyes.

In the next scene this same red eyed man is having himself a cigarette and these admittedly strange, possibly demonic figures appear. He then proceeds to put his cigarette out on the scalp of one of these figures.

The man looks odd at best. He has black hair, a ridiculous haircut and an ensemble of black and red clothes that look fairly emo. He then whips out twin guns and lays into another one of the demonic figures. It is at this point that you realize that this man is actually Dante, the son of Sparda.

Then, intermittent scenes of the shackled man and …err….Dante decimating more figures are shown, backed by a racy punk rock number, as the dark voice asks the prisoner again for his name. Mean while Dante is making use of a transforming weapon and then a car quite admirably.

In the next scene, the camera draws back and shows him sheathing his twin guns. It is also at this time that you notice a small patch of white hair in the back of his head. He ominously says “My name is Dante…” before falling backwards off of a building.

So the tortured figure we’ve been gazing upon this entire time is Dante? The Dante? Legendary Dark Knight and son of a demon king? Strange right? From what we know Dante to be capable of, it’s terribly odd to think that someone chained him down and tortured him until he told them his name. Dante has slain gods, yet there he is, being tortured. So I guess right now we can rule out that he’ll spend all his time making snide remarks and bullying giant demons in the new game.

Then we see him in costume and it’s a little depressing. He’s wearing mostly black, with hints of red here and there. His red jacket has been completely scrapped in exchange for an almost entirely black look. See exhibit A and B.

Exhibit A-1 DMC 3 Dante

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

Exhibit A-2 DMC New Dante

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

Exhibit B-1 DMC4 Dante

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

Exhibit B-2 DMC New Dante

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now but his hair has been changed from white to black with a white spot in the back. This coincides with the change in the clothing color, but when you think about it, white would have worked just as well with the black ensemble right? See Final Fantasy VII: Advent Children if you’re unsure.

The real reason for the hair color change, I assume, is because of the change in his skin color. Dante typically has a light tan, an almost brownish tint. See exhibit C. You’ll notice from the video that Dante’s now as pale as a ghost. While it’s initially a little alerting, because of Dante’s nature we can’t infer that this is a change in race, but instead a change in his appearance.

Notice also that he looks older. Now, does anyone think that Dante looks much, much cooler in the older games or is it just me?  I suppose that’s personal preference, but why were these alarming and arguably degenerative changes needed? Before you answer, remember that Keiji Inafune said (of the next DMC installment) himself that changes would be made to make the game more appealing to western audiences and that sales were low on this side.

Exhibit C

TGS 2010: Devil May Cry Reveal and Redesign Analysis +Video

Another change you probably noticed; he no longer touts his sword, Rebellion, on his back. By this time I’ll assume the sword is still called Rebellion since at least they didn’t change Dante’s name. But you’ll also noticed that it’s much more than a sword this time around as he changes it into a spear and then a chain while battling the figures.

In function, the new Rebellion does have an edge over the old one, but why couldn’t it sit on his back? Maybe they didn’t think it would add to his appearance. In the battle scene, he wields his guns first, and then puts them away to use his sword. In the past, Dante swaps between his weapons quickly making use of one and then the other in quick succession, instead of relying on one, and then the other. It just seems different from more stylish cut scenes of past encounters.

Summarily, it’s too early to make any consummate judgments of the game, but the change in style and overall charm is immediately noticeable and possibly pleasing to newer or gamers less versed in Dante’s travels. For the millions of fans that have been playing the series for nearly ten years, it doesn’t come as a very welcome or pleasant change. Or maybe it does. Which Dante do you like best?

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  • Genners

    Devil May Cry was one of the first games I ever had for my PS2, and I have been an avid fan ever since, buying and eating up every game in the series, including special editions where possible.

    DMC4 was a good game, but it wasn’t as good as DMC3, mainly because of the whole shift to Nero being the main character, and the emphasis on his whole little emo-like love story with Kyrie.

    Nero’s whinyness brought that game down for me, and it ultimtely made it feel very light compared to the previous games.

    This new dark turn for the series, when taken at face value (as there is no other way to take it at this point in time) does seem like an improvement to me over DMC4. I am in dire need of some brutal looking Hack’n’Slashing right now, and the only 2 games in that area at the moment are DMC4 and Bayonetta, both of which feel very lighthearted and just very light overall.

    Of course, we shall have to wait for more info to be released on the game before we can make any proper judgements, so here’s hoping they have made the right decision!

  • Bebok

    If they need the change of look. For me, it’s either they make Dante months older with a longer hair tied or untied or they make his hair grow back to DMC 1. Ninja Theory probably aiming for a new series not part of the DMC franchise.

    If you didn’t notice in the video he got a British flag on his left arm, so proud of being born British. OHH! is Sparda from Britain? i heard he’s from hell. I never thought of that guy smilling… yet disappoints me that he got a bad grin. As a fan of DMC, it’s cooler to have a demonic grin (yet charming) than a psycho one (yet emo).
    BTW, DMC4 attracted a lot of female gamers. Downside on DMC4 for me is is the Gilgamesh, not flashy enough for me.

    The new character design, i gotta say they made an appealing one, but naming it Dante is just overkill.

    The point is, that guy (redesign) is better off in another story in DMC franchise than making him Dante. E.g Nero of DMC4. Playing with a new charater that relates to Dante and Dante’s job making it a new adventure pleases me, because, just like DMC4, made a lot of gameplay experience breakthrough at the same time keeping Devil May Cry history in tact with the cool classic moves and new moves.

    Making the redesign a new playable character with the same tortured background is a good taste(hate the battle moves in the movie, not cool at all except for the spear stab; the view was good), an emo on the scene… his voice is emo, but i prefer silent mute. I heard he’s 6’2″ but i think he’s better being shorter than Nero. His shoulders looks TOO wimpy and too thick/thick looking shoulder pads, that it seems, in his fittest state of undernourishment he could reach his back (talk about doing a somersault).
    I think they hit cinematography at that one. Modern twisted earth. I prefer dimmer places to battle, maybe with falling waters.

    If i assume he is not Dante, to fit to modern taste, i prefer a weapon summon thingy like in Ultraviolet. Where a demonic bracelet is attached and demonic weapon come flying out of it on and off… It’s a good story too that this guy (let’s call him Ninja) battles Dante almost equally good as younger and a pure human…

    They should drop him as a redesign… i get the creeps when he talks… unlike half demon talking.

    My girlfriend love the whole story of DMC so better stick to it.

  • asdestroyer0

    This is blasphemy to all classic DMC gamers. What in the world is capcom doing? its like being instructed to take a step forward and then jumping off the bridge. in short, if things aren’t corrected come sell time, capcom won’t see much selling.

    • estoy esperando que salga devil may cry5 para comprarla y tirarla en la basura, ya que es una basura

  • @asdestroyer0

    You know what, i think that sales will suffer from this…i honestly do…how the hell do you alienate millions of fans from nine years ago? how?

  • Rob

    Ok This is a disaster waiting to happen. This new Devil May Cry Game destroys Dante’s image. They took the the cool Demon slaying icon we all know and replaced him with a emo smoker. How can they expect to get anything other then dislike from Classic fans who will influence potential players to avoid the new game

  • el nuevo devil may cry es una total, increible y estraordinaria porqueria, increiblemente sus creadores lograron combertir un juegaso en una basura. espero que el juego sea igual de bueno que los anteriores dmc, y que le pongan su maldito pelo blanco. si el juego sera como el video, se puede desir que devil may cry solo llego hasta la parte 4

  • Maya Atyyat

    the coolest game ever. ‘devil may cry’ .. love it!!

  • love it guys    ….dante…

  • WickedJester

    Original for shore I agree with you all the way, they did alot of things that didn’t need to be changed. The new dante just looks like weedhead.To many people he was there hero, some people wish they were just like him. Me personly I dont want to strive to be a drugie