Devil May Cry 5 Director Explains Influence of Ninja Theory’s DMC on the Game’s Developent

Ninja Theory's intermission in the Devil May Cry series created two camps within the Devil May Cry 5 team combining respect with healthy competition.

on September 22, 2018 1:12 PM

After Devil May Cry 4, many thought that the series needed a new spark, which led to Capcom hiring British Developer Ninja Theory to create DMC: Devil May Cry.

During an interview at Tokyo Game Show in Chiba, Japan, I asked Director Hideaki Itsuno if he feels that the intermission with DMC positively influenced the franchise leading up to Devil May Cry 5.

Speaking through the translation by Producer Matt Walker, Itsuno-san provided interesting insight on how DMC created two camps among the Devil May Cry 5‘s development team.

“We worked with Ninja Theory in Cambridge to try to do something new with DMC: Devil May Cry. We have certain team members, including myself, who were involved directly with them constantly. On the other hand, we have certain team members on Devil May Cry 5 who didn’t work on that project. They were working on other stuff like Dragon’s Dogma.

We kind of have two camps that came together to make Devil May Cry 5. We all think that there are some wonderful things that we and Ninja Theory did right with DMC and we wanto learn from that, bringing that to Devil May Cry 5.

Then we have the members who never worked on DMC, that also feel like “you know what? We want to see if we can do even better” sending a bit of a challenge out to everybody else including Ninja Theory, about what an action game should be.”

Personally, I feel that a bit of healthy competitive spirit never hurts, and it’s certainly good that within the team working on Devil May Cry 5 there is both a feeling of respect for what Ninja Theory created and the will to surpass it.

If you want to see more about Devil May Cry 5you can enjoy a video showing Dante in action on Xbox One X, another showcasing the Japanese voice cast, the latest screenshots, and the latest trailer. You can also read about the Deluxe Edition and the PC requirements for the game. You should then watch some more gameplay from Gamescom and more from Tokyo Game Show, featuring Nero in action.

Devil May Cry 5 releases on March 8th, 2019, for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. If you’d like to reserve a copy, you can already pre-order it on Amazon.


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