Ninja Theory's five big ideas for the new DmC

The finishing touches are currently being made to next year’s Devil May Cry reboot, so Ninja Theory came in to show us what we can expect when it arrives next year.

2013 is now very much on the horizon, which means that we're starting to think about what we'll be playing in the new year. The first big release, on January 15 in Europe and North America, is DmC: Devil May Cry, which sees British developer Ninja Theory taking the reigns on one of Capcom's most beloved franchises. We were lucky enough to check out a nearly finished build of the game and speak to the developer to see how it's shaping up. The developer is making some bold and exciting changes to the franchise while keeping other key tenets--here are the five key things you need to know about the game.

A modern evil

DmC takes the series' gothic horror inspiration and updates it with a more modern take on evil. This means that the Demonic forces utilise corporations, advertisers and banks as a way for the Demon King Mundus to control the human world. In the nightclub level we were shown, celebrities are lured in for drink, drugs and girls, and are brainwashed by Lilith, the club's demonic manager.

Limbo

The human world of DmC is drab and uninteresting, which is in stark contrast to the bright and colourful demon-inhabitied limbo world. The architecture was inspired by modern European stylings--the nightclub, for example, takes inspiration from a club that the developer visited in Germany. If you take a look at our video preview above, you can see how these different elements come together in visually in a way that's completely new for the series.

Dante's new threads

The most vocal feedback from fans of the series has been about Dante's general appearance, whic h has changed quite dramatically over previous games. According to Ninja Theory, the original character designs they submitted were similar to the Dante of old, but Capcom sent them back, saying that if it wanted the same old Dante, it would have made the new Devil May Cry game itself. Ninja Theory says it will satirise the fan reaction to the new brunette Dante at the beginning of the game with jokes about his hair colour, while the blonde hair and red coat will still make an appearance when Dante performs angel combos.

Skill rewards

One element of DmC that remains true to the roots of the series is the combat, which rewards skill and aims to make you feel cool as cool as possible at all times. According to Ninja Theory, this is the area where Capcom's expertise was invaluable, given the Japanese company's decades of experience refining combat across numerous genres. The aim is still to earn a triple-S ranking on each level by chaining together cool combos, and you're rewarded with concept art and new moves for Dante as you progress. You can reassign your library of moves during the game as the situation demands, but it'll take multiple playthroughs to unlock everything. In fact, just with previous games in the series, new difficulty levels such as Son of Sparda, Dante Must Die! and Heaven or Hell reward many, many playthroughs of the game.

New collaborators

Ninja Theory's last game, Enslaved, was famed for its collaboration between scriptwriter Alex Garland, actor Andy Serkis, and musician Nitin Sawhney. For DmC, Garland has given feedback on scripts from Ninja Theory's chief designer Tameem Antoniades, while Giant Studios in Los Angeles, who worked Avatar, was used for motion capture. The team also contacted street artists to incorporate their work into the game to give the outdoor locations an authentic urban feel. And while Sawhney may not be on the audio this time around, Norwegian aggrotech band CombiChrist and Dutch electronic group Noisia have both provided new music for the game, with music that is very much in keeping with the visuals.

Overall, we're excited about DmC's combination of a bold new visual direction and solidly satisfying combat mechanics. But are you excited about what Ninja Theory has done with the franchise? Let us know in the comments, and watch out for the game on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on January 15th in Europe and North America, with a PC version to follow.

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21 comments
hawkeyev2
hawkeyev2

The game was very enjoyable then why so complain about this game just because new Dante looks emo just suck it up or watch some hot men on magazine or see magic mike. Don't forget  the new storyline is better then the last one and I am sure U will see old Dante soon. Have U played mega-man before there is many versions of him and no one complained about it.

Bradjune80
Bradjune80

Think about this

DMC3 and 4 have incredibly high skill ceilings and offer loads of freedom in combat. You can approach different situation in a VAST amount of ways and everything is viable.

This is the reason why DMC3 and 4 are still played today, even "competitively" with fanmade contests and tourneys.

DmC on the other hand has a really low skill ceiling. It's pretty much like Bioware's claim "everything you press a button, something awesome happens" and it hands out SSS like pedophiles spread candy to kids.

DmC will actually be forgotten in a couple of months. There's VERY little reason to keep playing this. I wouldn't be surprised if DMC3 and 4 actually outlive in in popularity.

Bradjune80
Bradjune80

The combat itself is pretty average. What pulls it down is the fact that there's no way to aim your attacks, and that's a pretty big deal considering there's a lot of focus on pulling weak enemies to you and pulling yourself towards stronger enemies. Then there are color coded enemies that can only be hurt by certain weapons, limiting your combo options. Oh, and there's a shitton of bugs too(enemies that freeze in place, enemies that won't spawn, bosses become unkillable and the infamous flying glitch).

Bradjune80
Bradjune80

How to make a bad game look fine. A guide in three steps by Ninja Theory and Bioware:
1.Make a bad game
2.Make a feature even worse, and stir controversie around it
3.Blame any valid criticism in people angry about point 2

Iranazi
Iranazi

People are hating on the new Dante like it's Ninja Theory's fault but it was the original developer from Capcom or whatever that came up with the redesigned character 

standard4
standard4

Might be something new, anyone who dissapointed about a new dante, please reconsidered, this title isnt canon of the original Devil May Cry Series, this title is a spin-off, thats why it used DmC instead Devil May Cry,.....

picho86
picho86

Oooooh... Dante punched the bouncer and wrote fuck you on the list. He's so cool that I'm shivering just thinking about him.

wizzman2332
wizzman2332

Also News Flash People! There is already a costumes  DLC witch will also be free for the ones who preorder DMC over Steam. And guess what ??? There is also already confirmed one costume with Dante havig white hair :) Yes you are reading right folks white hair ! ! ! You'll thank me later for telling you and making your day better :))

wizzman2332
wizzman2332

And also the most important thing you must be gratefull for what NinjaTheory did is that you can play Dante thrugh all the game unlike the new comer Nero from DMC 4 and who knows maybe even better unlock Vergil after completing a certain dificuly of the game I would really love it :). Let's say for example you complete the Dante must die Mode and after that you could unlock and play through story as Vergil with hi's own style of play and own special weapons now that would be realy awsome :D. I am sure you would forgive NinjaTheory for giving Dante dark black hair after this if they would have theese unlocks in game :p They could for example if given it enough thought atleast release it as an DLC like 3-4 months later that would also increase the game's life length. I guess they should take notes from my posts LOL. It would make fans happy.

wizzman2332
wizzman2332

Why are you whineing? Have you people ever heard of Texmod ? This is and aplication used for reskining characters i am sure some tallented graphics designer fan of the series will create an original Dante apearance and outfit so you can reskin dante to the way you like or there will be surely an mod to do this so enjoy the game play it and then reskin it when it will become avalable.

By the way  how they reworked dante's face textures now it better resembles the face of Dante from Devil may cry 3 Dante's awakening if you look at the latest videos released by NinjaTheory you will see that there is an resemblance so atleast hi's face is now similar to original you will get the skin mods in the near future for Texmod so stop crying about it!

samus_my_life
samus_my_life

No Blood .... No Bone .... No Ash ..... 


Bye  for the most anticipated + hottest demon hunter around the world so stylish " Old Dante " and Welcome the most gayness faggy horny softy EMO .... " New Dante " 


Oh, i almost forgot about vergil " Might Controls Everything " but Now, Gays Controls EMO " 


Crap !!!! sorry 

magus334
magus334

Devil May Cry 4 was awesome I just didn't see the reason into bringing Nero into the Series

dralutfi
dralutfi

cant wait to have it ..... looking for this game for so long .... and also for DS3 and castlevania2

DaredevilFan
DaredevilFan

As a fan of the series, i like many fans am disapointed in the look of the character. Main reason is simply that Dante has become like a video game icon (which is not easy to do), just the way Mario has become one, if you removed Marios overalls and red hat, would that make him more interesting or would you feel a little distant from the character??Im open to this new reboot, im just disapointed that the real Dante, never really had a proper send off... Part 4 was awful story, and just out dated game mechanics. Would have loved to see a DMC that gave a finale to Dante, where Trish, Lady, were playable characters, had to fight Mundus who some how was brought back to life, so the team goes to hell to bring back to life Sparda to lead a war against Mundus. GOOD THINGS: Glad they trying to make something new, dmc4 gameplay just felt outdated compared to other games out there.  New team means new ideas, they did Enslaved and that was a nice storyBad: They made ninja gaiden 3, and that was not a good game..Lets hope they do him justice for the good of Dante, and his legacy in the industry.

dsilent1
dsilent1

As long as we don't have to fight the same set of bosses thrice it's all good.

zowbaid
zowbaid

The game looks great so far, I just don't like the UI all that much. I wish they made it more colorful and less monotone, such as the Health and demon bars on the top left of the screen. They look really bland in my opinion.

Lanzo86
Lanzo86

All I hope is they dont do the disgusting thing that was done to my ninja gaiden

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

I know tried-and-true DMC fans aren't really feeling this reboot. But I've never been a fan of the DMC series until now. Quite interested in this game.

isaacyassar
isaacyassar

Game concept like DMC has many potentials (combos, demon power, weapons, etc). I hope Valve pick up those potentials and make a cool game like DMC and then open up a forum and ask: "hey folks what you want for the next sequel?". And then all hardcore DMC fans will jump boat lol xD

TheCyborgNinja
TheCyborgNinja

All of the hate for this game is misplaced. For starters, it's not even out yet... I think that based on their current abilities, Capcom would've made a worse product than Ninja Theory.

GunEye
GunEye

I loved DMC4 and 3.

But I am really excited about this game,

There are several things that makes this game promising for me:

a) it WASN'1T RUSHED - we have been hearing about this game for a long time now, and yet we clearly see that the game is still underdevelopment, and the company are keeping an ear turned for the fans.

b) Awesome trailers, with a great focus on cinematics, story - while showing plenty of gameplay footage for the fans. You can check in the DMC facebook page - everyone placed STORY as the #1 thing they are most excited about for DmC. We can clearly see a new take on Dante and Vergil, in a more modern world, which is a great thing considering - we barely had Vergil moments in the former games and now we get him as a key role.

The new direction the series is taking is interesting, since they are starting it with a blast.

d) Can't wait to try the combat, the system seems solid, and I can only guess we will see more weapons when the game is out. one thing that REALLY troubled me is that we didn't see Dantes famous, iconic GUNSLINGER style, when he twists and shoots with both guns 360 all around.

 

Hope they bring back the Gunslinger...

Just make the combat as challenging as possible.

NiteX
NiteX

After DMC 4, I'm glad Ninja Theory picked up the reins.  Both Heavenly Sword and Enslaved were great fun games.

Nightrain50
Nightrain50

I just want enslaved 2, rip monkey and trip

dralutfi
dralutfi

Guy wanna say man u deserve these new position coz really u choose the hot topics and the good games .... u have  a vision man keep it up ;)

dralutfi
dralutfi

guys what reboot mean ? i dont get it and see many ppl pissed off  coz of it !!!!

rhymesmatter
rhymesmatter

Insta Buy for me.I am not gonna cry over the relic appearance of the old Dante.I love fresh starts and what i certainly love and have always loved about the DMC series is the kickass gameplay.On that part i see that Ninja Theory has done a wonderful job keeping it true to the previous games.

OreoPoptart
OreoPoptart

well Capcom KILLED Resident Evil franchises. Now I'm looking at them killing DMC franchises. THANK YOU CAPCOM THANK YOU

gamefreak215jd
gamefreak215jd

To be honest this game does look better than I thought.But as everyone knows,looks can be deceptive.So I'am not sure about this game.

isaacyassar
isaacyassar

Capcom is going down soon or later. Why? survival of the fittest. They are too big and too old to listen to their own fans while new age of gaming is coming, represented by Valve and indie devs who are heavily community-driven in developing games. Fans want to be heard, developers who don't listen to fans won't make much sense anymore, and will be left. Why loving someone who doesn't care about you? Capcom may need to fall & shatter before they are going to open their mind to what fans wants for a game. Ninja Theory might make a good DmC game, but Capcom's way of treating fans is certainly driving the loyal DMC fans away.

TheAngel333
TheAngel333

I hate the new design of the game, the dark gothic scenery is what made DMC so much more appealing. It showed a true demon under world that no one ever made so exciting. 

Blackzero123
Blackzero123

The main problems fans have with the game isn't the look or the freaking hair its the gameplay that's inferior to the older games and constant mockery and insults to the fans. If they were professional about it they would have had better PR than what they have been doing. Most fans would have not minded the change its the disrespect to the original games and fans that's have been few issues that we have with the game.

gzg9jg
gzg9jg

I own all of the previous games, and although I'm not too happy with where they left the story, I'm looking forward to playing this new version of Dante. I would've like more "old" Dante and to know about who Nero is.From what I've seen of the new game so far it looks like it's going to be fun and exciting to play (which is what I look for in a game) so I'm surely picking it up.

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

One moment, isn't NT is hired because of story writing in Enslaved? and it's storywriter not in team anymore? Is it dumb or is it dumb?

Kyrylo
Kyrylo

Ok, for thos who like this game I would only advise to consult psychiatrist, because what you consider cool is:

1. puking demons 2. self mutilation before mirror 3. granny sex 

Zero_Echo
Zero_Echo

1. I don't understand all of the disgust with Dante's new look, hair or otherwise, he still seems to have the 'eff you' attitude that I enjoyed from "anime Dante". God forbid you skip MGS4 cause Snake looks old...

 

2. I don't believe this was an attempt to "mainstream" the franchise as some others have hypothesized. Mainstreaming a game nowadays involves a First-Person perspective, loadouts, and Double XP. Action games like DMC are still generally lower on the mainstream radar for consumers. Granted, there's that whole Assassin's Creed series...but you know, one a year is getting quite stale fast.

 

3.  I find it funny that "gamers" complain about the repetitiveness found in other games, but are quick to cry about design changes with a franchise that has had four other releases. Pick and choose hypocrisy, that's all it is.  

 

4. Just some business things to take care of before I wrap up...Devil May Cry 4 was released way back in 2008, sharing a release year with games like Super Smash Brothers Brawl! Assassin's Creed 1! Mario Kart Wii! Call of Duty: WaW! 5 years will have come and gone since the last DMC, so if there are still people out there thinking that Capcom is doing this to "gouge" fans for $$ that is a really crappy marketing strategy. They will be out of money in no time!

Nophoria88
Nophoria88

"while the blonde hair and red coat will still make an appearance"

White hair isn't what I consider blonde.

bongsyas_23
bongsyas_23

this didn't need a remake.  the original was doing fine

toderascu23
toderascu23

So here is the printed version of the last video of DMC 5, right? Because fuck new subjects, that's why.

isaacyassar
isaacyassar

Capcom is old school, with the new school being as the likes of DOTA 2 who listens to the community of fans in developing the game, Capcom still thinks that fans are stupid herd of cows whose milk matters but opinion doesn't. The irony is that Capcom is like the demon company as in this new DmC who doesn't care much about his clients because they think they are way above clients and they are to be served by clients, not the other way around. Series fans have already an image of Dante through years and years of game series and have been expecting it to constantly develop and now Capcom suddenly throw that image away without any prior communications with the fans. Capcom used to think that he is a giant and fans are just puny little dusts, thus the giant doesn't need to listen to the dusts. It would seem normal in the past but with the new schools rising, we can compare now. Well I personally prefer the new school, sir. I've been loving DMC series but Capcom's concept of treating fans are no longer in the same principle as I have now. I apologize but bye2 Capcom & F you. I'll stick with developers who respect fans and think their feedback matters.

Kiigora_LoP
Kiigora_LoP

Gamply all mattr, this gaemplay luk epuc.

 

They should've let the series be if they weren't going to make a sequel.

gamer_203
gamer_203

Oh please, this is fantastic!  Ninja Theory's stunning visuals, thought provoking plots, brilliant voice acting, and raucous comedy are all here!  DMC was getting stale and repetitive, very excited to get my hands on this innovative studio's take on a classic series.

TrueGB
TrueGB

I preferred the look and feel of the old games too, but I guess Capcom wants more than just good sales. They want crazy good sales and mainstreaming seems to be the best way to do that (as much as I hate that).

Yomigaeru
Yomigaeru

I don't understand why a series with only fours games and a relatively simple plot needed a reboot. It may very well turn out to be a good reboot, but my interest in the franchise as a whole waned and the third installment and I thus far haven't been much of a fan of Ninja Theory's previous games.

thanatosxsin666
thanatosxsin666

day one buy for me i will pre order in december forget the haters !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

VampireLord123
VampireLord123

If gamers are complaining about the looks of the main character, and if thats the reason they are not buying a game, i have to say that gamers have become shallow. Really, if the game plays all right and it has a good story, i wont even matter how the main character looks. Besides this guys made Ensalaved and that was a great game.

HKILLER88888
HKILLER88888

well i hope they satisfy the gamers and i hope they don't make it like EA's NFS : MOST WANTED (showing up on E3 talking big about NFS history and just making another Burnout with NFS name on it ) or making this game to sell graphic cards for Nvidia and ATI...they should learn from Rock Star you could have Run Max Payne 3 with a Geforce 8500 nicely!