New Devil May Cry, Asura's Wrath unveiled

TGS 2010: Capcom unveils Ninja Theory's "reimagining" of classic action franchise and madcap brawler from CyberConnect2; 360-exclusive epilogue for Dead Rising 2 also coming.

TOKYO--Earlier this month, Capcom managing director Keiji Inafune talked in theoretical terms about a possible Devil May Cry 5. He said that when development on the game starts, it will probably be designed to appeal more to Western audiences. While the series has done well in Japan and comprises much of the game's 2 million-plus-unit haul, Inafune said that Devil May Cry franchise sales in North America and Europe haven't been especially high.

Now, Inafune no longer needs to address the game as a hypothetical. Today at Capcom's pre-Tokyo Game Show press event, the Japanese publisher announced that a new Devil May Cry is indeed in the works. Development duties are being handled by UK-based Ninja Theory, the team behind the about-to-be-shipped action game Enslaved and the well-regarded PlayStation 3-exclusive Heavenly Sword.

While details on the game were scarce, Capcom described the new game--simply called DMC--as a "reimagining" of the franchise, one that will feature a young Dante and his adventures from before the first game. The trailer at Capcom's press event showed the younger (and skinnier) Dante shackled by his arms in an interrogation room, with intercut scenes of the now black-haired protagonist taking on demonlike opponents in typical flourishing Devil May Cry style, using dual pistols and a whiplike sword.

As with the previous game in the series--Devil May Cry 4--DMC will be coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360.

Also unveiled at Capcom's TGS event was a brand new property titled Asura's Wrath. The publisher is billing the game--which is being made by Japanese developer CyberConnect2--as a new take on the action genre, and the trailer released for the title certainly seems to indicate that characterization.

The game looks to be a fast-paced brawler, with its protagonist shown to be able to survive being impaled by numerous spears, taking on foes using a large pillar of stone, and even stopping the enormous finger of a planet-sized enemy from crushing him. No release date was confirmed, but Asura's Wrath will be coming to the Xbox 360 and PS3.

Finally, Xbox 360 fans of zombie slaying have yet more reason to celebrate. Already the recipients of an acclaimed prequel to the about-to-be-released Dead Rising 2, 360 owners will now also get an exclusive epilogue episode titled Dead Rising 2: Case West. As its name implies, the epilogue will feature the return of original Dead Rising protagonist Frank West, who will join new hero Chuck Greene in taking on the undead hordes in a co-op episode. No release date for Case West was disclosed.

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499 comments
eliebaz
eliebaz

okay i've never played any of the DMC games but i've heard they're quite the game to play if i like a challenge especially the third one, i take it from your comments that this game isn't up to DMC standards but was wondering anyways if i needed to play the other games in order to play this one as in are they story based in chronological order or can i just play whatever?

dstv
dstv

The devil definitely cried after seeing this

dansicon
dansicon

Guess it's no more DMC for me. Don't think it needed a reboot either. Maybe a deeper twist on the story. Guess this new emo-looking-dante will appeal to the emo-gamers. Dante looking like he's on crack? Killing androids in the street? I REALLY need more to be convinced.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

Guys, let this go. I promise you it NEEDED to be redone. While Dante was a cool character the stories are a bit dumb and Dante's attitude is a bit ridiculous. The enemies are over done, and I wanted to kill more human like bad guys, not freakin' puppets ALLLL the time! I like the art direction, and no I'm not wild about the main characters look, but if this was a BRAN new IP being released by somebody else with a differ name, you'd all be drooling so just give the game a chance.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@Oozyrat It is a HUGE deal that Dante changed his hair bro. Didn't you know that gamers are all secretly girls worried about fashion choices the developers make for the hero? lol

the-wayward
the-wayward

I hope that DMC retrieve it's true dark environment in the latest one .... the 4th was too flashy to be a DMC .....it was more like a hack'n slash FinalFantasy .......

demonkingx5
demonkingx5

the devlopers can make what they want but we feed them & without our surport they will go hungery. if we the consumers dont like we dont buy & they pay for it. im talking to you the new idiots dmc devolpers

altini
altini

It will probably be designed to appeal more to Western audiences?So a smoking Dante who looks like he's a crackhead would appeal more to us?Really? The voice that says "my name is Dante" sounds exactly like the old Dante from dmc3 and 4.At least change the voice if he is younger in this series? i just dont see him being Dante though since Virgil has to look the same since they're twins.I just hope they dont kill the series with this installment.

Big_Mahfah_John
Big_Mahfah_John

@ mistaicyfresh11 Yikes, nerd rage if I've ever heard it. But wasted energy overall. I think that a change up is good for any franchise, especially one that is going on it's 5th installment, especially for any Eastern game like DMC. And if you don't like it, than don't but it. You have 4 past games that you love and you should be content with that. For me, I've never liked the DmC games, just cause I feel hack n' slash games are moderately juvenile. But I have to admit this looks appealing to me. Plus, Dante always looked like an emo goth kid. Now he just looks like an emo goth kid with black hair.

mistaicyfresh11
mistaicyfresh11

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Fresh10112
Fresh10112

Asura's Wrath's gameplay looks promising but I have one major issue with it. I read the game summary and it stated the game follows "an ancient god stripped of his powers who has sworn vengeance." Sounds familiar somewhat doesn't it? This reminds me of the story outline for God of War 2. It isn't smart to take major ideas from one company and use them as your own, at least not when the gameplay AND story may be similar. And Asura stopping the planet sized enemy's finger is exactly like when Kratos stopped the Colossus of Rhodes from stomping on him. They actually stole a MAJOR idea already and all we saw was a trailer! This game looks good but I really hope they don't try and make a GOW clone

Fresh10112
Fresh10112

The stupid part about the Devil May Cry redesign is that its redesigning a character that it's fans have a connection with. And even that being the case, I could understand if the game was doing poorly, In my eyes it did pretty well sales wise, so why take a new direction? I'm not a DMC fan, I'm just an outsider looking in. Besides, Dante has been announced as a character in Marvel vs Capcom 3 from practically the beginning, and he has his classic look. Its not smart to release 2 different looks for the same character in different games. Its not like you see Sony screwing up Kratos or Bungie rebooting Master Chief. If you want to do a prequel either use the look the fans know, or use a different character like Bungie did for Reach. I've always agreed with the saying that "If it's not broken, don't fix it"

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@ badboy_122 - Exactly, people are only criticizing about how gay the new Dante looks because of his hair. Isn't it a little gay for guys that are probably in their 20's to be complaining about a male character's hair?!? LOL!

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@ sirkarl1 @ DrAmazinDood - Is it really that big of a deal that they changed the guys hair? People are going nuts over a hair color change! Plus his hair looked way more emo in DMC3 and just because he has black hair doesn't mean he's emo or goth or anything.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@ simon_levane - Bayonetta was a really good game, no matter what anyone says. I would love to play DMC with that camera. (or how about a new Bayonetta :) )

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

@ XanderKage - Apparently it's not really Dante. It's a completely different series that has a few similarities, not the same series with a few changes like how people think it is. It's a whole new thing, and I don't even mind the new Dante :3.

Primepost
Primepost

dmc must be released as soon as possible cant wait pc for ever!!!!

devrindare
devrindare

I don't like Prequels please put the title aside of the franchise and give the new name to the game instead of DMC. It make me sad that i won't get that previous DMC flavour

devrindare
devrindare

why CAPCOM do you have any problem with PC that you are not releasing games for PC gamers like you delay the LOST PLANET 2 and now the ASURA's WRATH. please tell if you want something

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

Why don't they make a DMC with Trish, Dante and Lady as playable chars? That would rock... This... too much like Dante's inferno (a real disaster) , and that was really a cheap mix-up of so many titles

foolaloof
foolaloof

is that Dante...? looks like this is where the franchise will go downward, just like Silent Hill was...

wexorian
wexorian

if they wanted to make and prequel they could make game about Sparda, spardas story can be 3 game or 2 at least.

shkar
shkar

CAPCOM please learn from KONAMI 's lesson when they handed SILENT HILL to western developers and gradually killed the franchise.......

chocojay1
chocojay1

1. I am a big Devil May Cry fan.. 2. I am all for new ideas and designs but what i cannot accept is this ninja company destroying the designs completely.. it be like doing a new superman in a yellow outfit with blonde hair and clark kent wearing no glasses.. it makes no sense. 3. an emo character really!.. who is that supposed to appeal to.. and smoking; yeah thats so great and cool to promote a death warrant in such fashion that u expect all kids to play n love.. 4. i dont think it will fail but there is no way it will be anywhere as good as devil may cry 1.. as that still remains the best but some may argue dmc 3 was best with vergil as it was a very gd game until the very end fighting that bluddy blob.. 5. cant say im pressed and cant say im excited its all disappointing in terms of new character design from looks to characteristics.. dont c my being a dmc fan anymore with this new direction.. Dont think im hating cuz im not but really.. im sure they think its best this way but real fans kno this is a disappointment indeed

steelmouth
steelmouth

lets hope for less puzzles as thats what got me to never finish the last DMC

BradBurns
BradBurns

Well, Silent Hill was completely destroyed by Western developers and now I guess Capcom thinks it's their turn to kill off Devil May Cry by handing it off to a Western developer. If it's not made in Japan, it's not Devil May Cry. It's that simple.

plm3d_basic
plm3d_basic

They should have continue with the last game. Loved being able to play as Nero and Dante. Also they should allow you to play as Trish. Such a smoking hottie.

Cloud-Zehro
Cloud-Zehro

I'm ashamed to look at Dante..... :/ That's a kick in the pants, I didn't think the series needed to be rebooted at all, done by a team that I don't even like... What gives? Why punish us?

mouazalhindi
mouazalhindi

what the hell,what happened to dante ..... from now capcom is down

Uberpeber
Uberpeber

Why a reboot or a prequel? Wasn't DMC3 epic enough to them?

IceWolFReal
IceWolFReal

The problem is i write and don't read this game isn't DMC it's Asura's wrath :D:D:D:D

IceWolFReal
IceWolFReal

I wanted Dante and Nero i this game ... cry ... neither the both of them

MEGA--X
MEGA--X

Oh great... Another EPIC game turned into crap =/ Reboot? for dante? the flawless dante? to A flaw dante?... I liked the funny old dante.... not the emo kid.... dmc is ruined... thanks for nothing Capcom..

mrf47
mrf47

Who the hell is this guy ? Where's the old Dante ?

ShpeTzUjkani1
ShpeTzUjkani1

I didn't read all comments but I guess my 455 comment want The Old DANTE back!!!!...and of course Nero would be awesome.

saed-i
saed-i

we want the old funny dante back looks like this dante is no more funny . "we want the old dante back "

OneCrabbyPatty
OneCrabbyPatty

I hope I am not the only one who nearly died laughing when the giant finger descended on the Earth. lmao.

OneCrabbyPatty
OneCrabbyPatty

What the..? What happened to our boy Dante? The graphics were great though. Lol, he's a smoker. Literally.

XanderKage
XanderKage

Yeah, DMC is one of the games that DID NOT need a reboot... Story had tons of loose ends, Vergil was begging for another appearance, and Dante's character was just plain awesome. But NOO. Instead, they decided to emo him up... A bit late top the party, video games have tried that before (Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, anyone?). Needless to say, the result wasn't great. At least the action looks awesome. But the reboot is completely unnecessary.

josh1002
josh1002

SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO................................. Are we gonna see Virgil? Cuz that's practically the only hope I see for DMC 5..... I mean, we don't even need the reboot! We were happy with DMC 1 As it was! Who the heck were they listening to for this? Still... Hoping to see Virgil. Cuz I wanna see more brotherhood out of those two...

josh1002
josh1002

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King-gamer
King-gamer

This. is. not. Dante. Dante likes Pizzas and Strawberry Sundaes. This black haired, smoking, emo guy is sooo not Dante. Dante is a badass, this guy is a disgrace.

simon_levane
simon_levane

So it's Team Ninja VS. Ninja Theory. Seriously, with NG III and DMC, it's like the "Ninja" teams have a sword duel. My question. Why reboot DMC? They could've just updated with a refined, "Bayonetta" like-combat system.