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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22 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 !!!!

Rcr152
Rcr152

@ScribScrab

Missing Characterization and Tone…What?.. Did we play the same game?.. Clearly a bias fan that tries to validate his view by making fun of the game and doesn’t look past his superficial, predisposition to see below the surface to find the depth of it.. I have doubts he even played though the game or ever gave it a fair chance to begin with… I was and still am a huge fan of the originals series and actually hated the idea of a reboot when I first found out about it but after actually playing though the game (with an open mind) in its entirety, I feel that it was very well done and arguably the best thus far.

If there is any comparison to the batman reboot that you referenced in your rant it would be that they both delivered a more evolved, grown up, less over the top story and characters. Ninja Theory proved that they are great story tellers with enslaved and I think that holds true here also. If anything you care more about these characters and the world of the game because of the less b movie feel to the whole thing.

If you spend more time playing through the game and less time making this waste of time video you would see that the character of Dante does care and does give a damn but doesn’t want to even admit it to himself. He is a compelling new hero that’s may be a bit rough around the edges but like the game itself brings the best of what made the series great to begin with and improves on it by adding depth and that Characterization thing you mentioned was absent.. I’m not saying it’s a perfect game by any stretch but its definitely better then you and other fanboy trolls or this site give it credit for… At least a 9.0 in my opinion..

And the Theme of DMC would be oppression, overcoming adversity, good vs. evil…take ur pick ging..

Rcr152
Rcr152

@Bradjune80  I strongly disagree ... The combat is deep and there are a bunch of modes to unlock that make the game much harder and all the battles completely different.. and if you want to do it well with max style and to get a high score and compete with yourself or others online, then you definitely have to think..


Rcr152
Rcr152

@Bradjune80  How to be a troll by this guy..

1. Make inaccurate comments.

2. Stir in bias and fanboy hate

3. Try to validate invalid criticism with point 1 and 2.

(Capcom is the one that pushed for the change. NT's first concepts were true to the old Donte but that wasn't what they wanted...)

and saying Ninja Theory and Bioware make bad games is utterly retarded..

IceDefenseGod
IceDefenseGod

Wait wait wait wait wait. Are you honestly telling me that you'd rather play as someone who CLEARLY isn't Dante, yet is NAMED Dante over Nero, who, while not named Dante, is very similar to Dante? Your preference to play as a name rather than an enjoyable character baffles me.

wizzman2332
wizzman2332

@samus_my_life  Give old Dante break he's a teenager in this DMC game I mean what would you expect from a teenager ? Ofcourse he could have had whierd tastes for clothing and hair styles. It's in an teenager's character to have strange ideas for this age it's normal for everyone of this modern day generation give it time and he will grow up into the whise and funny, sarcastic Dante we all know and got acustomed to. And this thing of idea like Dante and Vergil being best buds is not right I bet they will start fihting soon enough. When Vergil grows old enough and realises hi's true potential and becomes obsessed with obtaining hi's father's legacy power and stop at nothing to obtain it that's when Dante and Vergil will become rival brothers again! And make all fans happy just you wait and see if it as an reboot of the franchise ofcourse it has to start with the very begining even if it means playing a teenager punk Dante in this one I will still enjoy it. Thank you verry much!

magus334
magus334

 @DaredevilFan They didn't make Ninja Gaiden 3, that was team ninja and I agree Ninja Gaiden 3 was CRAP!, but this game looks promising.

mhj0808
mhj0808

 @Lanzo86 That was Team Ninja, not Ninja Theory. Ninja Theory has done Enslaved and Heavenly Sword, two awesome games that nobody seems to know about.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

 @SavoyPrime I've loved this series since the first one. I'd rather that Capcom had made this game, but oh well... I'm getting it anyway. I think it's different look and feel will be appreciated. Any DMC fan who wants to skip this entry can have fun waiting 3+ years for the next one, which will obviously be on the 720 and PS4. It's been 4 years since DMC 4, and will technically be 5 years once this comes out in January 2013.

 

I will buy to tell Capcom that I still love the series, even though it's obviously in a transitional period, LOL.

Blackzero123
Blackzero123

 @TheCyborgNinja If you were there since the beginning you wouldn't be saying this the hate isn't about the design it goes to gameplay and respect towards the other series plus fans. The PR for this game has been terrible and they haven't even come out to address their actions. As I said older DMC fans aren't like it because they have shown nothing but unprofessional attitudes.

RogerioFM
RogerioFM

The problem is that fans today are a bunch of spoiled brats, they want to take over a franchise and rule it, yeah, sure they are the ones that buy it and they should be able to voice their opinion. But it's up to the developer that decide what is best, they are the ones investing tons of money in a gamble that might or might not pay off.

 

 The fans can buy the game, but if they do not, they won't lose anything, where the developers will have lost millions. Besides, fans can be a-holes and are known to hold back franchises to the stone ages.

isaacyassar
isaacyassar

 @TheCyborgNinja It has nothing to do with product quality. It's about this:

1. Nowadays many developers are heavily community driven in developing sequels, e.g. the giant Valve, Runic, etc.

2. DMC fans want to be heard too, e.g. what they want for next sequel.

3. Old school Capcom not interested in listening to what fans wants.

4. Many fans become angry.

 

Make sense?

Djiel
Djiel

 @dralutfi A reboot is creating something new in a franchise that does not follow on the previous entries. It usually carries the same or similiar name but does things differently than previous titles. (see the new NFS Most Wanted, clearly a reboot or Doom3 etc). It is a reimagining of a title.

J-007
J-007

 @orthodox1976  @SavoyPrime I don't see a problem with the change and plus its no minus to the original feeling and perks of the combat on the demo I played. Its got more character and a more hectic feel to it to give it an all round taster. Its nuts and its filthy and I like whats in store already and I have no issue whatsoever to how it plays. Dante's new look is familiar yet refreshing and his character sticks out. I give the demo 9.5 out of 10

SavoyPrime
SavoyPrime

 @orthodox1976 Glad to see that you are fan of the series and actually looking forward to this. So many hardcore fans have been constantly dissing it.

dralutfi
dralutfi

 @Djiel thanks alot man ..... i know this idea but i dont know why ppl pissed off from reboot ???? if the story of one star end what they should do to keep him going on ??? for sure they have to create a new path just to keep the game go on ...otherwise they should end this game a create new one and then all of us will say its a copy of that game ..... anyway i dont care if its reboot or not all what i care is play a good game worth the the money i paid for....

Anti_FoRM_X
Anti_FoRM_X

 @niposlinger  @SavoyPrime  @J-007  @orthodox1976 spamming same move without penalty? that sucks. DMC (especially 3) is memorable for me because of the sheer difficulty in getting SSS, which i struggled many many times without success but when i did i feel like A BAWS after executing all of those flashy moves.

 

I agree with your point (bashing a game just because it change your beloved character?) but that revamped combo just plain fail.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

 @niposlinger  You know, I can't stand the small "m" in the title either (LOL), even though it's obviously a meaningless gripe.

Well, that sucks to hear about the difficulty (or lack of) in the combo rankings. I've never played it but all the videos I've seen at least LOOK good, but who knows how it will all turn out?

 

I guess we can finally say it's coming out NEXT MONTH and I hope it turns out great because that is going to be the big game for me this winter. I will probably wait until I watch a few reviews first then I'll decide if I should go get it.

 

I'm not too hard on games so I'm betting that I will like it. I really hope so anyway since it's been 5 YEARS since DMC 4! *sighs*

 

No more DMC until the NEXT GENERATION. C'mon NINJA THEORY, DON'T SCREW THIS GAME UP! And I f*cking pray that CAPCOM makes the next-gen DMC. :)

niposlinger
niposlinger

 @SavoyPrime  @J-007  @orthodox1976 

 

I played the demo. As a fan of the series since DMC 1, I have to say Ninja Theory did a better job than I had expected. HOWEVER, (and I will be as unbiased as possible here) the combat simply is NOT as solid. The lack of a lock-on is a minor gripe in the face of the larger issue; I can always re-adjust to different combo starters besides stinger. 

 

The real issue is the style system, which is essentially the core of the games' system. I mostly spent my time in the demo doing the "S-rank in 2 minutes" side mission. While I am pleased that they managed to mix in rainstorm, drive, enemy step, stinger, million, or in this game, billion and trillion stabs and some other classic moves, I was disgusted by the fact that all I needed to shoot up to A-rank was simply a stinger/million stab and a half charged drive. And then you could do another stinger and get S. I managed to get S in 15 seconds, I kid you not. Then, I did some carefully crafted combo that made full use of launchers and juggles and the rest of my arsenal and it took something like 30 seconds. Why LONGER?! Essentially the game is telling you not to bother being flashy and stylish. That is not DMC. 

Did I mention that it doesn't penalize for doing the same move 3 times in a row? I spent a loooong time playing the demo learning every move that wasn't even in the move list in the pause menu... because I WANTED Ninja Theory to succeed. But there's something missing. Essentially, the game is either too easy or trying to hinder you. Mind you, I was playing on the Son of Sparda difficulty. Anything less is a bore, and even SoS is  just annoying since the enemies shoot and have armored properties during all their moves; parrying is also rather difficult for said armored moves when you're hopping around like a grasshopper. 

Thirdly, combat is just slower and not as chaotic. I played the demo and then immediately played one of Dante's missions in DMC4 and DmC simply couldn't match up to that speed. Maybe it really is the 30fps that's keeping it so slow.

Which brings me to my final point: what the deuce is the matter with the "m" in "DmC"? Why is it lower case while everything else is capitalized? Do they think it's hip or something? Are they trying to be trendy? What is the purpose other than following some useless cult practice of recent releases?

 

gunnplay
gunnplay

 @Blackzero123  @orthodox1976  @SavoyPrime What about the cancels, links and unlockable moves that could be in the game that you obviously know nothing about?  This game could be deeper than all DMC's, but you guys can't even wait to find out. 

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

 @Blackzero123  Oh, I've been paying attention. The combat looks f*cking great, so I don't know what you're talking about. How can you say the combat is inferior when you haven't actually played the game? I'm glad they switched it up. Another white hair/red coat/castle-crawler would have killed the series. DMC4 already lost it's momentum with bad design and way too much backtracking through levels that were already conquered.

Blackzero123
Blackzero123

 @orthodox1976  @SavoyPrime Looks like you haven't been paying attention when the real concerns are NT/Capcom PR and the inferior combat compared to the other games. Dante's look isn't that big of deal.

orthodox1976
orthodox1976

 @SavoyPrime Yup... it's sad that the fan-base has been complaining about this game/Dante's look. I think the series needed it bad. DMC4 had insane combat, but the game itself was lacking. We don't need another castle-crawler. I'm glad they mixed it up and gave it a new story. The more videos I watch of it, the better it looks. I'm gonna go get my pre-order in a few days.

Djiel
Djiel

 @dralutfi I think most people that are pissed off, are so because people get attached to certain stuff (like characters) from an established series. When a developer decides to overhaul this, it messes with the image/memories that people have of it. Generally people do not like this. And of course, there's always the simple haters :P