DMC First Impressions

Capcom and Ninja Theory are teaming up for a reboot of the long-running action-combat series.

While the 2010 Tokyo Game Show hasn't officially kicked off yet, that hasn't stopped Capcom from making a number of announcements regarding some of its current projects. The one underlying theme from Capcom development head Keiji Inafune at tonight's preshow event was a desire to become a more global publisher than it has been in the past, going beyond just selling games across the world and moving into making them more places on the map as well. Now you can add England to the list of countries where Capcom has staked its flag; the Japanese publisher has announced that it is teaming up with developer Ninja Theory (Heavenly Sword, Enslaved: Odyssey to the West) for a reboot of the Devil May Cry series dubbed simply DMC.

There wasn't a gameplay demo shown at the event tonight, but the audience was shown a brief trailer and given an explanation of the project courtesy of representatives from Capcom Japan, Capcom US, and developer Ninja Theory. While the game is being developed at Ninja Theory, representatives from all over the world seem to have their hands in the project. Producing the title from Capcom US is Alex Jones, who described DMC as the "interactive version of fusion cuisine," combining European, American, and Japanese sensibilities.

Ninja Theory creative director Tameem Antoniades was also onstage to give the audience some context for the game. Antoniades described DMC as both a "reboot" and a "reimagining" of the Devil May Cry series in which the clock has been turned back and the hero is a much younger version of longtime protagonist Dante. The hallmark signs of youth are all on display according to Antoniades, with Dante flashing more rebellion and attitude, as well as an edgier sense of fashion (which, considering older Dante's penchant for red leather jackets, seems quite the tall order).

Backing up those claims was a quick but stylish trailer shown to the audience. It begins with a sickly, dark-haired figure chained up in a room with an ominous voice asking, "What's your name?" A moment later, we're shown a close-up of that person outside looking right as rain, smoking a cigarette. The camera pulls out and we can see that this person has a ghastly looking creature in a headlock. And that's about when he puts the cigarette out in the creature's eye with a cringe-worthy sizzling sound. Then the action picks up and we see that usual brand of extravagant movement and melee combat the DMC series has become known for, including the hero running down the side of a building and effortlessly hurling a car into a swarm of enemies. After that initial question is repeated a few more times, the onscreen hero then answers what his name is: "Dante!"

After all this, Capcom Japan's Hideaki Itsuno took to the stage. Itsuno most recently served as game director on Devil May Cry 4 and announced to the audience that he will act as supervising director on DMC, completing the full circle of US-Japan-England production and development duties. And though his title sounds very high-ranking, Itsuno made sure to defer to Antoniades, stating that the two of them are "basically codirecting this title." Itsuno didn't stop there, however, stating that with this much experience and global reach, "there's no way we can fail. We'll most definitely make a great game."

With that, Capcom wrapped up its presentation of DMC. As you can tell, actual details on the game were rather scarce, with most of the information centering on how the development is structured and how this international organizing will affect the final product. Expect to see more details of DMC coming your way in the future, and be sure to stay tuned for GameSpot's ongoing coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2010 happening through the weekend.

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Sh-may-cry
Sh-may-cry

The gameplay still looks good, but WHO THE F@CK IS THIS ??????? and he SMOKES ?!?!

Dude-ZA
Dude-ZA

Remember the voice that keeps on asking him: "What is your name?" Maybe this guy is not Dante but made to believe he is. Who knows... Lets wait and see... It looks interesting though.

madinime
madinime

i think everyone want to see gameplay improvement but not the f*ucking reboot, capcom you bastard and ninja theory, you should continues your journey to the west

madinime
madinime

at the moment he say his name is dante, my heart is broken lol, stop this f@cking project

sirius237
sirius237

if something is not broken then DON'T try to "FIX" it

sirius237
sirius237

WTF HAPPENED TO DANTE???????????????

FreedPeople
FreedPeople

If I was him I would drop the cigarrete... AND SMOKE MARIJUANAAAAAAA

helghast4
helghast4

HERP A DERP THE CHARACTER LOOKS DIFFERENT SO IT MUST BE A BAD GAME! Are you guys being serious? It's still Dante and the game play is still going to kick ass.

LtReviews
LtReviews

To those confused- it is a reboot and a re-imagining. They are saying this will tell a story that mirrors the series, but there is no condition in which plot continuity links this to any other game in the series. It is the same Dante in terms of character concept, but its in a re-imagined version of the DMC universe.

hayabusatan
hayabusatan

How about we get a backstory on Nero, DMC3 was Dante's prequel!

Charona23
Charona23

This trailer got me excited about DMC again.

papermun
papermun

hurry up and let me rate this game! i wanna give it the lowest score possible

Tenko72
Tenko72

I agree with bleachfan263, it should totally be his kid. It would be better suited for the game, plus it wouldn't mess with the story line at all.

bleachfan263
bleachfan263

to be honest i think this is just like contra force were they took a game and slapped the lable on a pitched game from japan because from what i saw of dante this should be his son not his child form

bleachfan263
bleachfan263

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Todko_Zero
Todko_Zero

My comment's for DMC 1,2,3,4 Devil may cry is just best of bests. Dante, Vergil & Nero if these three guys meet..... My heads Gonna BLOW!!! for thinkin about this!!! My comment's for DMC 5 This Dante is stink i can smell it from my monitor. So then Dante, Vergil & Nero if these three guys meets..... My nose's Gonna BLOW!!! for thinkin about this!!!

pokecharm
pokecharm

I agree with some of the discontent...I liked the classic look and feel of Dante with the shock of white hair, I'm not sure who this is...I'll need to play a demo or something before going all in on this game.

Toucanbird
Toucanbird

I'm not sure what to think about this game because it appears to deviate quite a bit from the original series. While I do think the story and concept for this game are interesting (seeing the story of a youthful Dante), his appearance doesn't seem to fit quite right. We do know that Dante is the rebellious type and yes, I don't mind his dress but hair color, eye color and physique don't quite match. Sure, I can understand hair color because that's something you could dye. However, the eyes and physique are a big thing to mess up on. I hardly doubt the son of the god of the underworld looks like a scrawny kid that I could beat up (and that's saying a lot). I'll reserve judgment of this game until I play it but as of right now, it seems somewhat hit-or-miss with the details.

hyttenhoof
hyttenhoof

@devilmaycry27 I'm pretty sure they said it was a reboot. And yeah, the REAL dante had white/gray hair from birth, as seen in a certain picture. @rasputin177 that's a terrible argument, as it seems so far, it's like there's no resemblance to the old Devil May Cry, at all. Let me put it this way, we all like innovation, but when you do something IN NAME ONLY you might as well just make a new series, instead of removing the possibility of a sequel of a gaming series alot of people love. Basically, they're misusing the name, when they could just have made a new IP, and not ruin this one. They could have introduced a new main character too, I'd be fine with that, fork, I'd be okay with Nero, but why do they have to make a character something it's not? It's cheap, it's not a brave step by the devs, if they wanna go in a new direction, then why the hell just wipe the board blank? sorry, a bit tired, this might be terribly written

LordRickIV
LordRickIV

I have to say I'm skeptical about this. However, I kind of understand it. I mean... how many different ways to open a portal to hell can there be, really? I imagine that they are trying this to keep things fresh so they don't have to come up with new ways into hell every game. (I mean... using Vergil's sword as a key into hell... why didn't he just do that in the first place in 3?)

hellpolice
hellpolice

Just because Twilight make a lot of money in the box office doesn't mean the trend have to sip over the dmc titles and westernize the damn thing too on top of that...Capcom got some cojones and not the good ones, of course! lol! I'll respectfully skip this one.

polarista
polarista

Talking about terrible first impression. Don't they get why Dante is a likable character? I'm sure it's not because he's some punk teen with cigarette in hand who looks like he's high on drugs.

devilmaycry27
devilmaycry27

ok if this is a prequel to 3 which makes no since but if it is then why does this dante have blk hair i mean sparda has gray hair n dante mom has blond how do both those colors make blk and the original dante has blue eyes n this one has like a yellow dark tyoe of eyes n look like a junkie n way to skinny

BT2004
BT2004

I understand why they are angry. I'm angry as well. But sometimes change is a good thing. That's only if it turns out to be a f'ing good game. And if it is then ill withdraw my statement and be proven wrong. So they better make it a damn good game. Ill just hire it out and see. Probably finish it in one day anyways like i do with most of the games I have played, bought or hired. Except DA origins. Thats gonna take awhile

BSEE10
BSEE10

Well, Nero is a worst... no complain about that but @rouch696 Well booohoooo!! Where is the "fake Dante" that's bullying you? What? He's under development yet? THEN WTF ARE YOU COMPLAINING ABOUT? I say wait for the final product, buy it, then GO BERSERK... blow-up Capcom for all I care... Or better yet... MAKE YOUR OWN DMC GAME!!!

rasputin177
rasputin177

if they left everything the same most would b*** about that. See this every time a beloved game tries to evolve, damned if they do damned if they dont. Most of the time the ones complaining are just trying to seem "harcore".

rouch696
rouch696

@BSEE10 Shut up man. We are like that because they CHANGED THE MAIN CHARACTER!! In Dmc4, Dante is in the game with his awesome white hair, bad-ass style and his demonic powers (we can still play with him). In this new "DmC" game we have a fu***** crack-head with the same name with black hair, a weapon that..... wtf? We're angry because they changed, completely, the storyline, the main character and use the same series name.

The_Godfather_
The_Godfather_

new Dante's really sucks and game is not developing by Capcom! What an epic fail! prepeare yourselfs for another DMC 2 disaster, if you ask me!

BSEE10
BSEE10

Angry Mob... I'll say take it easy and hear me out first for may we are blinded by the rage of the last installment. 1. INFORMATION AVAILABLE: There is no real background story YET so do not go rampaging all over. Remember last time we argue since the trailer of DMC4 portrayed dante as a killer bastard? We were wrong right? Misinterpreted the statements of it's developers. Let us plea for a better game but do not go rampaging YET. I hunched last DMC 4

BSEE10
BSEE10

2. LOOKS AND ATTITUDE: Call me a traitor but... I must say I like it. There is something inside me that this is more than a prequel than a reboot. And with that in mind, this look and attitude is more fitting. We as fans and all, know that Dante's mother killed by Demons before his own eyes as a revenge to his father (the most awesomest baddest demon in all of the land that happened to had sided with humanity and betrayed his own kind yada-yada-yada). And his father left them (reason unknown) but some evidence suggest that his father and mother loved each other by heart (DMC Anime) and suggested that she is the reason Sparda betrayed demonkind. His twin brother went missing too after his mother died. (An unofficial manga was written based on the known fact about dante, go check that out.) Now picture this: Your father left you, mother died before your eyes, brother missing, you figure out your strength. What you gonna do? "BRING WORLD PEACE?" NO! I'M GONNA WHOOPED DEMONS AND SMASH HUMANS THAT GET IN MY WAY AND NEVER ASK QUESTIONS ! ! ! Not to mention the vices... YOU AIN'T GONNA STOP ME ! ! Now picture this AGAIN: You are a police, a family was massacred, a child missing, no evidence and can get NO statement from the single survivor. What you gonna do? "CALL C.S.I.?" NO! INTERROGATE DAMN SURVIVOR TO DEATH SINCE HE IS THE ONLY SUSPECT AVAILABLE TO GET THIS CASE OFF YOUR BACK ! ! !

BSEE10
BSEE10

Point is... Dante's childhood is pretty darn bad and I've been wondering why he is so nice apart from being a badass. Maybe this game have the answer, maybe it will not. We will find out eventually wont we so chill.

BSEE10
BSEE10

3. THE DEVELOPER: I don't know what your sentiment is but I for one want Capcom to be more involve for this one. But since they practically messed up the storyline not just once but twice, (DMC2 and DMC4) maybe they just letting the Ninja guys get the story together so lets our fingers crossed. And as for gameplay, well I'm sure they are not dumb to make the same mistake thrice. 4. GAME ENGINE: They will realized it. I believe that no half-assed engine can digest the DMC. They'll realize it since game development involves testing. My point is... being a Mob is not the answer. Lets grow-up and discuss it like men. Right? Piz

Douragon_c_Mika
Douragon_c_Mika

You are joking right!!? This is the CHANGE? Nero was pretty hard to get use to seeing as a devil that is...and now this. Change is not always good. Sigh... he looks like a homosexual junkie who has just been violated by some demons. Disappointed.

Ezio3946
Ezio3946

Also A PREQUEL AND A REBOOT ARE 2 TOTALLY DIFFERENT THINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

If this is young Dante, maybe we can meet young Vergil as well!!!

ReadtheBlue
ReadtheBlue

I definitely don't like the direction they were going in, but maybe they'll rethink their approach after all of the backlash. Who knows.

wagnagdag223
wagnagdag223

Aw. At first glance I thought this to be a fake brainwashed Dante. ... That would've been interesting; yet, still, they better ease up on the cheesy acting and perverted humor this time around. Btw, To all the formulaic "fanboys" reading here; You will "fuel" this game through word-of-mouth. Regardless if you dislike this, Capcom "made ya look!" (peewee laugh)

DJ-Wolfman09
DJ-Wolfman09

so it all makes sense now...this is supposed to be his past self...well im at least glad for that. the game looks like it'll maybe top the last ones, but i still say he now Dante looks like an anorexic Criss Angel...regardless of this being his past self

TKO59
TKO59

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TKO59
TKO59

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MaryDmonster
MaryDmonster

mymy,somone looks so young :D looks like dmc5 will be about dante`s past :D ...

mtmn7666333
mtmn7666333

Agree with kokihd12, devil may cry 3 has consigned to oblivion!

BT2004
BT2004

mvsarno was right about the hair. I watched the trailer and you can see white hair on top and some at the back of his head. So therefore its still the same Dante. We will just find out how he got the white hair.

Shinjikami
Shinjikami

Dante looks like an angry lesbian who steals to buy crack and met. XD.

mvsarno
mvsarno

Any of you angry fanboys notice the white patch on the top of the YOUNGER Dante's head? And maybe he quit smoking? Read the article. It's a prequel/reboot.

Tony-F
Tony-F

Pretentious bullcrap.

Footos_mints
Footos_mints

@Vanaradris I actually like that theory, would be pretty cool. Perhaps he is a DMC fanboy who thinks he is Dante so much that he imagines demons :O In which case, the majority of people against this game could be suspects. :] Chill out Dante fans, this idea was so good, Capcom kept it under their name. :)