The anticipation towards DMC has been building, especially since no one knows exactly what to expect. But, at gamescom, developer Ninja Theory — in conjunction with Capcom Japan — detailed the new combat system and hinted into the upcoming “rebirth.”
When discussing the upcoming title, developer Tameem Antonisades said that the developer wanted to “preserve the combat dynamics of the [Devil May Cry] franchise.” He added that they wanted to import Ninja Theory’s “world building” and character development; keeping the franchise tradition and expanding on them. But, working “collaboratively” to expand on them with Capcom Japan.
Continuing the discussing, co-producer Alex Jones discussed the demo they showcased. “[The demo] touches on the guts of DMC, which is fluid character control, uber responsiveness; all the things that people want from a DMC game,” said Jones. “It’s where we’ve put most of our production resources in to this point in the game.”
“We’ve spent the bulk of our resources nailing that,” added Capcom Japan co-producer Motohide Eshiro. However, as for Dante, the game takes place in both the real world and limbo, a demonic dimension which runs parallel to real world. Dante will inhabit both sides of the spectrum, because he has some demonic heritage of his own. It’s kind of like the real world and the actual world situation.
But, for the character himself, the developers describe Dante as a disenfranchised youth that “has a lot of rage.” Thus of use of this “rebellious” style — in both character and overall design, pushing Dante to become the antihero that we know and love.
“We did want him to feel more contemporary, more Raging Bull than Rocky 3,” says Tameem. “Dante’s kind of like an outcast in this story, he lives on the periphery of society. We’ve found a good balance of a young Dante who is pissed off, but still retains that wit, that black humour. He’s not emo – he’s never been emo! – he’s just so disaffected and disassociated with society that he just doesn’t give a shit about it. He has no fear, and no respect for authority, particularly not the demonic authority that runs the world.”