Gamescom 2011: DMC First Look Preview

Meet the angrier, street-brawling Dante of Ninja Theory's Devil May Cry "rebirth."

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When you merge Capcom's action combat know-how with Ninja Theory's storytelling experience, you get DMC: a Devil May Cry "rebirth" with recognizably stylish fighting wrapped around the origins story of an angrier, scrappier, brunette Dante. That's the pitch, at least. The makers of DMC are backing it up here at Gamescom 2011 with a first peek at their game's combat and a closer look at its controversially coiffed hero.

Fluidity of character control is item number one on the development team's must-have list. "We've spent the bulk of our resources nailing that," says coproducer Motohide Eshiro. He also tells us how the action game experts at Capcom Japan are collaborating closely with the team at Cambridge-based Ninja Theory, with "bimonthly" studio visits at this point in development. It's not yet possible to say how fluid or otherwise combat feels (this being a hands-off presentation) but it looks the part, with more emphasis on aerial moves than in previous Devil May Cry titles.

Dante whips enemies up into the air and keeps them aloft with rapid fire from his dual pistols. He also launches himself up there to twist upside down and shoot baddies in the hang time. The key to the DMC's combo-based, aerial-focused combat is switching among Dante's three forms: human, angel, and demon. In these, Dante has access to different weapon and move sets; we see him swinging a spectral scythe in wide arcs in angel mode, a fiery axe in his demon mode, and sword and guns of his usual human form. Switching is performed on the fly with the controller triggers. It looks good, but in an action game, feel is everything. We're itching to put Ninja Theory's Dante through his paces ourselves.

Dante's infernal.

As for the storytelling and "worldbuilding" that Ninja Theory brings to the project, DMC takes place in both the real world and limbo. Limbo is a demonic dimension that runs parallel to, and interferes with, the one occupied by humans. Dante, with a demonic heritage of his own, spends time in each place; in the Gamescom demo, he's dragged into the limbo dimension to do battle with spindly, pale-skinned, black-clad creatures swinging big, squared-off blades. At a few points, he also encounters the golden, ghostly shape of a girl--seemingly a human back in the real world who can speak to Dante while he's in limbo. In the demo, she drops in to help guide Dante through the limbo environment when it turns on him like a malevolent funhouse. The European-looking, narrow city streets crack and tilt crazily, fall away to reveal lava pits, or rear up while the buildings on either side squeeze in to crush him. "The city itself is trying to stop you," she tells him.

You might spot Ninja Theory's fingerprints on DMC's reimagined Dante and its lightly "satirical" limbo. The story of the game is "about how Dante becomes the way he is" and, as the game starts, "he's young…much more aggressive, more angry…much more of a street brawler than in previous Devil May Crys," says creative director Tameem Antoniades. Dante as Ninja Theory's disenfranchised youth "has a lot of rage," along with "no prospects and no employment." Ninja Theory's limbo, meanwhile, is a surveillance society, packed with CCTV cameras housing demonic eyeballs. And in a secret-area type of level, away from the city, Dante navigates free-floating road sections. He also encounters combat arenas with, in the tradition of Devil May Cry games, impassable barriers that must be brought down by clearing the place of enemies. Here, we see floating rocks, giant red banners, and orange-leaved trees, in a lush, colorful style reminiscent of parts of Ninja Theory's Enslaved.

Yet to be seen are the "familiar faces" the developers promise to fans of the Capcom series, as well as the combat ranking system that will reward style, variety, and damage to score every battle. Not only that, says Antoniades, as battle rank increases, more elements of music will be layered into a scene, with the chorus kicking in at the highest ranks. We'll look forward to seeing that in action the next time we catch DMC.

Discussion

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awesomeman999
awesomeman999

This looks good. Can't wait till it comes out.

fuzz197
fuzz197

I would have much rather seen a brand new series out of this. I understand that this is a reboot, and thereby means this is basically a new devil may cry. More or less, its a new Dante in a new era, with no relevance to the original series. if it was, it would be titled "Devil May Cry 5". I disapprove of what Capcom and ninja theory have done here, I would've liked a continuum of the original series, or at least closure in it, not a new branch. I wont be buying this, at least not until its like 15 dollars :/ maybe if they hadn't been greedy or manipulative in trying to earn more sales by using "DMC" as a title and "Dante" as a character name to ride off the fame, I might've considered it

devilmaycry27
devilmaycry27

I'm not trying to sound like a jerk and i know some people that support this crap gonna try and start a argument but i'm just stating what people that's been a fan of the series since day 1 has been saying but yet some of you choose to not listen nor think about. the proof is right there just open your eyes and see it. this reboot/prequel isn't really needed.all they had to do is come up with a story that tells what happen after dmc 2 thats all or go to the original creator at platinum games and have him work on it

devilmaycry27
devilmaycry27

also proof that this game will fail 1 there using background designs that was in dmc2 as well some of the demons 2the half angel and demon thing. that's from the movie lil nicky 3 some of the moves this dante has is the same moves from dmc 2 like the helm bringer 4 the weapons that changes shape that's from heavenly sword think about it. 5.the graphic suck n the same as enslaved which had low sales 6.its going at 30fps which is really low for a dmc game the original fps is 60. since this one is going at 30 fps that means its going to be slow and their using the unreal engine which is stupid and low tech for a dmc game. also tam from ninja theory said in a interview that the old dante was outdated n not cool anymore but yet hes stealing stuff from the original series pretty much he contradicted himself. the weapons in this game look like crap as well the sorry devil trigger that makes him look like the old dante which again tam said was old n outdated if that was true then why use stuff from the original series. you see ninja theory is unoriginal and low tech even their name is a rip off ninja theory . ninja team i mean come on ninja theory is a joke

devilmaycry27
devilmaycry27

i'm gonna try to explain this to the guy who thinks this takes place before dmc3. and i want you to really try to understand this. the new design look at his face really good then look at dantes face from dmc1 thru 4 there is no way thats the same dante from the original series n here's how for 1 its the bone structure and eyes and also hair. the new design dante is modeled after tam from ninja theory everyone can see this.2 dante from the original series is half demon and half human its been said in dmc 1 thru 4 and also in the novels and the animated series.go look them up pls.the rebellion sword never changed shapes it was given to dante by sparda before he died.dantes mom is human. dante was born with white hair he never dyed it even under the name tony redgrave that was also stated in the novels. dante has blue eyes n always had blue eyes which again stated in the novels that pre dates dmc 1 n 3. for u to think this new one is before dmc 3 ur crazy n don't really know the series and this isn't the same dante from the original series there's proof all over the net that u can look up. i been playing and knowing the series since it 1st started

Meet391
Meet391

@kabalzer0 If by DMC you mean the DMC series, then yes. If you mean DMC 5, then no. In the time during my last post and this one, I have successfully completed DMC3, and I loved it, and I like Dante even more. And experiencing that, DMC 4 was nowhere close to a disaster, at least not for me. As I stated in my post, Dante's personality and confidence that he carried in both the games was impeccable. And it wasn't just false/over -confidence, he did have that kind of power too. As for my love for the series, the reason I came to like DMC series only by playing DMC 4 was the story, and more importantly the emotional & family story parts (Nero-Kyrie-Credo story); the same goes for DMC 3 (Dante-Vergil, Lady-Arkham stories). And now, to your delight, I will also be able to play DMC 1 within a period of one week. So no need to get hostile. Chill!!! Peace!!! We both love DMC.

D3dr0_0
D3dr0_0

@rhymesmatterHayabusa dosn't come from Ninja Theory your thinking about Team Ninja try again troll.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@supertom221 well at least we can agree on that lol.

supertom221
supertom221

@RPG_Fan_I_Am You know what? your right. I'm not getting you, and you are obviously not getting me. Let's stop this before we both end up making idiots out of ourselves.

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RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@supertom221 Watch the video again infact I checked the part for you. 1:33. start there.. They said he has Demon form which allows him to use all kinds of weapons, and Angel form, Which he uses a scythe. I would assume they gave him both to allow for further customization of Dante. And I'm not trying to make myself sound like a prick but your only defense for your argument was "this is a reboot", "do you know what that is", "DMC 3 doesn't exist". and the whole time I sat here saying yes your right but I'm talking about something else. So basically you just sat here saying the same thing to me that I kept saying yes to. Which bores me whe people use the broken record arguement. To me you alt to just say "LaLaLaLaLa" in every post because I take it as meaning your not listening to me. So while you didn't make much of a new post I kept making new post about how I was attempting to explain it to you. but I guess I'm a bad explainer.... (yea thats not a word....) because you still don't understand me. So I just said you win because at this point I can't think of any better way to explain it to you. And I'm not talking about time theory, I'm talking about the basic idea of time. When you break it all the way down time is nothing. It is simply a word we created to explain the passing of historical events. Events that we developed several measurements to keep detail of.

supertom221
supertom221

@RPG_Fan_I_Am While it gives me Certain satisfaction, this wasn't an argument to begin with, i'm not winning anything here. But on tthe other hand, you made yourself sound like a pretentious prick. Really, mr. Genius? You know what Time is? Maybe then you can also find a way to cure cancer? HAH. You don't know what time is. you only have a theory. Yes, it is widely used as a measurement, but measurement doesn't that's all what time is about? Maybe we have no "time"? Maybe it's more of a circle that repeats itself, not a straight line. Or maybe it's a braching tree, with endless outcomes and possibilities? No one knows, and no one probably ever will. And just so you know, I learn physics too. Yes, we use time as a measurement in experiments and equations, but I don't think it has anything to do with really knowing the truth behind time. So don't go all proffessor on me. And Dante was NOT confirmed to have the two forms, Only Angel form. why would he have both?

Chaos_Dante_456
Chaos_Dante_456

I think some folks are fooling themselves, this is not a prequel. it is a "reboot" meaning anything that happened before is null and void. It doesn't take place before or after DMC3, for all intensive purposes DMC3 never happened to this Dante and never will. Even still I find it hard to believe that this Dante could make such a drastic character change to the Dante we all know and love. As I've said before this would've been cool if it were just another game that wasn't DMC. At this point it looks like there just using the name DMC and Dante to game notoriety for a completely different game. People stick with a "series" of games for a reason, there are traits that they like about the series why change the what we like the most? Dante. Even though DMC4 was a good game alot of folks couldn't get past Nero as the main protagonist folks wanted Dante they weren't complaining about his personality/appearance why mess with that? I personally enjoyed DMC4 despite minimal time as Dante I did enjoy the time as him as well as Nero (though I'd preferred more Dante). The graphics and Stage design was improved and the script and voice actors were better than thye had been. The story telling (not the concept of the story itself, just the telling and depth of it) and voice overs are the only thing I've felt needed work in the DMC series I don't know why Ninja Theory didn't stick to Heavenly Sword it seemed a decent enough game. But hey if folks like it so be it, I won't be buying it...

dark_harpy
dark_harpy

Watching the interview again, I guess they're trying to pull off some witty metaphor of today's corporate society. And when I said "witty", the "witty" was in massive sarcasm quotes XD I don't see it working. DMC is just the wrong franchise to put their idea in. Probably also the wrong genre. If they put Tony Blair as the final boss though, I might reconsider buying this XD Seriously though XD Get real.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@supertom221 "confirmed for wrong" IDK what thats even supposed to mean..... You know what, You win. I don't have the patience to explain this to you anymore. so You can win.... You have no idea of the concept of time at all. try taking a physics class or something. cause Time isn't a thing. Its a measurement. It's measured in what ever you wish to use to measure it in. Most people use Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days, Weeks, Months, Years, Decades, Centuries, and what not. But you can also use history too. Some early Civilizations used to use kings to measure time... I'm simply using a story to measure it. but on a side note: There is an Angel form AND a Devil form..... So the demonic part still exists. As for the Angel thing no one can say yet. And you forgot to mention Enzo when you mentioned Trish and Lady....

Shengy89
Shengy89

@GeigerdolylWodd This is a prequel prequel.

supertom221
supertom221

@RPG_Fan_I_Am Oh godammit, are you doin' this on purpose? here you go again...: "But I still think this Dante is younger then the DMC 3 Dante, So this game takes place before it does." What. WHAT??. Did you miss the last comment I made or somethin'? This game CAN'T take place before DMC3.... DMC3 doesn't exist there....... Which is why I made the "gettin' younger" thing, because time advancement proves nothing. Also, most of what you said was confirmed for wrong. Dante has not been said to be with Demonic blood. Also, If he was, why would he go "Angel form", and not the original "Devil form" you mentioned?. And also, Demon lord Sparda wasn't mentioned at all here. For all we know they could've scraped that too. Demon power to travel to the Demon realm? I thought he had Angel form? WAT? Also, the original DMC never had a Demon realm. there was our world, and there was the genuine Hell/Gehenom from the bible. Dante's hate for demons probably has nothing to do with his hate in NT's DMC. Can't remember a torture scene with Dante in it. And at the part he started fighting them for a living and created Devil May Cry, there were also Trish and Lady. None here. and the Weapons are not a Story element. Not to say, not once have they even mentioned Dante to be a half Demon. He could just be an angry emo kid for all I know.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@supertom221 I understand your point, I wasn't arguing that point though. But I rather hate your comparison. I could use the events in Bleach to reference time for events in dbz. but it wouldn't make much sense since they are completely unrelated. While you could be right, This game could be nothing about someone that happens to be named Dante with Demonic blood, is able to transform into a demon form. Has a demonic father. Uses his demonic powers to travel to the demon realm/Limbo. Fights demons for a living. Has a rather dislike for demons because of things that happened to him in the past. Happens to fight with a sword and a duel hand guns. But so far Ninja Theory stats otherwise so I'm forced to go with what they say over you and say these games have stuff in common with each other. BTW even if he grows younger he still ages, and in that case I would say your correct. Then this DMC takes place after DMC 3. But I still think this Dante is younger then the DMC 3 Dante, So this game takes place before it does.

yixingtpot
yixingtpot

This should be great, sad the Japanese seem to think they need to westernize all their games, but it might turn out ok. At least it's not another stupid shooter game.

supertom221
supertom221

@RPG_Fan_I_Am Oh, I'm not arguing. You are simply missing my point. Again, if I get you right, you say that just because the characters name is Dante and it imitates the real DMC's, it's a DMC in itself. if so, you might as well consider Bleach to be a Dragon Ball Z with swords. YOu also say it's a reference to time, but whoever said this new DMC is based off on the same sort of timeline as the original DMC? For all we know, he could be growing younger and be the son of a chinese mailman. He is called Dante, but he is not Dante. That's like, saying that just because there's someone out there who looks similiar to me and has the same name, he is my brother of some sort. Okay, messy example, but you get my point. And all this, all this talk, that was just about the story, I haven't even talked about the game itself, which looks nothing like DMC.

OJ_the_LION
OJ_the_LION

Ninja Theory's not a bad dev, although Enslaved wasn't exactly the greatest game ever made, but I resent this impulse by companies to reboot everything they can nowadays. What about this series needed a reboot exactly? Part of what made DMC distinctive and awesome was its campy over the top craziness, and here we have yet another "gritty" reimagining. The gameplay may stand up (who knows, we'll see when it comes out and it would be wrong to judge it at this point), but I don't like what this game represents. This is especially true of a Japanese game industry that desperately needs to innovate on its own, but just getting a foreign dev to do it is not the right way. I also love The Dark Knight movies, but not every damned thing needs to be gritty and realistic--especially this series.

strayfies
strayfies

That guy's haircut is atrocious. Also does this franchise need a reboot? They made a bunch of sideways changes, but it still looks like the same fundaments as DMC. You'd think a reboot would at least be a change of game type. Frankly I think they could've just done branch-off of DMC without changing it up. This looks like a confused money-grab, like they couldn't agree on how to do it so they grasp for anything.

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@supertom221 OK, Let me word this in a way you can understand better, since your clearly not understanding me. If this game has nothing from DMC, that means that It has no character, who has a father with demonic blood. That character does not Age, and by age I mean a referance to a POINT IN TIME that stats how long you have been around since birth. Not grow old or anything like that. But we both know thats not true. Which is what I was trying to explain to you. I was using a story to reference a point in time. that point in time can probably be more related to the age of Dante. Personally. Using the original DMC story. I think this Dante is younger then the DMC 3 Dante. Which means that this game would indeed take place before DMC 3 as a reference to the time. NOT THE ACTUAL STORY. I was not saying this game is any part of DMC 1 2 3 or 4. but it still has elements of that game. Ideas and so forth. and the same main character. So that is simply why I said your comment was random. Your still not understanding what I am trying to say... and your just blurting random things at me to prove your reboot idea that I already said I'm on agreement with when I basically said I mostly agree with everything you said. and it was directed at you because I was hoping you wouldn't do this and turn this into a giant argument but more on the lines of sharing ideas about the game. which is why I was trying to word my comment so precisely so you wouldn't misunderstand me.

supertom221
supertom221

@Akustyx he means -- The way he is-- as in, a total killer that turns to Angel mode (WTF?!) and hates demons. Not the real Dante. Listen closely, and get it through your head-- This isn't the original DMC. It's a reboot. it has nothing to do with Kamiya's DMC, unless he considers it to be canon. when I hear or read somewhere that Kamiya accepted this new DMC into the story of the real ones, THEN I'll might consider what you said. Otherwise, No. Just NO.

supertom221
supertom221

@RPG_Fan_I_Am Well, if you are such a good analyzer, how come you missed the main point? This game is a REBOOT. not a Side-story, not an Alternate take on it, a REBOOT. It starts from scratch. it takes the old elements of the story, such as the demons and main character, and revises them. a hard reset, if you may. It can't be before or after DMC3, because it has nothing to do with it. Because by your logic, where story develops over time, you might aswell say that every side-story or non-canon plot takes place in bwtween DMC's because of the Universe. I don't think MARVEL's Ultimate Universe and Original Universe has anything to do with each other, for example. so why would Kamiya's universe and Ninja Theory's universe have anything to do with each other?? Kamiya himself said he wasn't a fan of the new design, and if Kamiya says it's not his DMC, it's not DMC. It's like Kojima and MGS. Snake's revenge was made without permission and he never considered it his. he caleld it a crap game, which it was, and it was never ever related to the MGS franchise again. Also, you say I write random comments. Maybe you should look up the definition. I responded to a comment you wrote DIRECTLY to me, and everything in my comment relates to that response, so how is that random? Because from what I know, random means that I wrote something for no real reason that could relate-- or not-- to just about everything.

ksbwings
ksbwings

Hope that Dante first story is so trilling as well as playing the game. One more thing, I believe that DMC also suppose to be released for PC, but all advisement about Xbox360 and PS3. "Hope that DMC PC Version is also included"

Akustyx
Akustyx

@supertom221 "The story of the game is 'about how Dante becomes the way he is' and, as the game starts, 'he's young'" Care to try again?

roge666
roge666

what a bunch of crap

VicMackey
VicMackey

Why do people keep throwing money at Ninja Theory after a handful of mediocre games? They don't even deserve to be making sequels to their own IPs, much less taking on an established, beloved franchise. A DMC4-type game that didn't reuse bosses/levels would sell more than this, guaranteed. Give the series to Platinum Games- Bayonetta has the gameplay (and 60fps) DMC fans want.

TheDuskwalker
TheDuskwalker

I busted out laughing at the angel mode. So someone that has a human mother and a demon father automatically becomes 1/3rd angel? THE MORE YOU KNOW! :lol: So I take Ninja Theory were not only too lazy to play the previous games and do research on the lore, but were too lazy to even wikipedia it? Oh that Ninja Theory. Also got a kick out of the real world and limbo that parallel each other, with humans in the real world coming up as ghostly figures in limbo. You know which is exactly like the real world and paradiso that parallel each other in Bayonetta. So Ninja Theory decided to rip-off of Hideki Kamiya's Bayonetta, but didn't bother to rip-off Hideki Kamiya's Devil May Cry? INTERESTING! :P

RPG_Fan_I_Am
RPG_Fan_I_Am

@supertom221 Actually I think a lot about not just what I'm going to say, but how your going to take my comment, and you reacted to it exactly as I knew you would, Tell me that I didn't think out my comment clearly, and then feel the need to correct me. I wasn't commenting on you to tell you you was wrong, I was commenting to say I slightly disagree. Which means I agree with a lot of what you said. Maybe you should take your own advice and try to understand someones comment before you just post random comments. Also I wasn't saying the out of order was a bad thing. I was simply saying it would be nice to have an order to it. MGS would be nice to have an order to it too becuase there are a lot of confusing elements in stories when they are written out of order. Though I personally like some out of order-ness to a story. But seriously, I mean this game uses not just the DMC universe, but the same character, same basic background story, and the same concepts and ideas as DMC. This game story wise will be very similar. There is no reason this game can't take place before DMC3 even if it leads to a different story. Time isn't a story. A story is developed over time. I was simply using a story to make a reference to time. Not using time to make a reference to a story, which you made the claim that I am doing.

HollowNinja
HollowNinja

I'm willing to give this a chance. The thing about the music changing actually sounds pretty cool.

Phil-teh-Pirate
Phil-teh-Pirate

If only they'd have called it something other than Devil May Cry something like Demons Might Cringe... With a completely different Dante, they could have started a new series and not leached off of the name alone. The way it looks different and seems to play different, its not Devil May Cry, its a good game wearing a better games title.

terryjameboy
terryjameboy

ok, so they changed the game..soo what?! give it a chance, you might just like it, i hate when people just doubt something just because they love the old series. This game might actually be just as great as the original or dmc 3

tdl346
tdl346

sounds very bad, dmc4 was a disapointment and this one looks worse i liked dmc3 se edition very much its the best game in that syle i did play.

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

I'll stick with Bayonetta, a series that understands how ridiculous it is and warmly embraces it.

YouVandal3
YouVandal3

He looks like Hayden Christiansen in that pic on the front page. (Jumper,(new) Star wars)

rasputin177
rasputin177

Its amazing how many people are already acting like they have played through the game multiple times. Very obvious most of the people making comments decided it was "hard core" not to like this reboot. The rest pick up on the tone and try to make a comment they think will get thumbed up. At least have some sense of honesty and integrity and admit you really don't know how this game will turn out. None of you have even played a demo so I am calling B.S.

Double_Wide
Double_Wide

Everybody seems to be running out of ideas these days. This looks as bad as the Spider-Man reboot!

arpit360
arpit360

well at least people wont call DMC 2 to be the worst in series anymore........

Dualmask
Dualmask

Gameplay looks like standard DMC, I guess, but I really, really hate this need to "reimagine" the DMC universe. No one wants to expand existing material anymore. Everyone thinks they can "do it better". Fortunately, I don't really care about story in games one way or the other, but I'm interested in what this game will do that will make it better than DMC3. Because really, that game set the bar of the series and character action games in general, and not much else out there can surpass it, though Bayonetta comes damn close.

FallenOneX
FallenOneX

Not really feeling the new look, but I'm willing to wait and give the actual game a chance. Or, the UDMC update.......

istuffedsunny
istuffedsunny

The vampire fad is dead and this developer looks all the more ridiculous for trying to cash in on it with Dante's stupid redesign. The guy talking can't even decide what kind of hair he wants. Should he really be in charge of anything?