Devil May Cry compiled on PS3, Xbox 360

HD Collection of first three games in Capcom's action franchise set for North American release early next year at $40 price point.

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The HD revival trend that has seen enhanced rereleases in series like God of War, Metal Gear Solid, Splinter Cell, and Prince of Persia isn't reversing course just yet, as Capcom today announced the Devil May Cry HD Collection for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The original Devil May Cry, sporting a new HD treatment.
The original Devil May Cry, sporting a new HD treatment.

Set for North American release early next year, the HD Collection will represent the original PlayStation 2 trilogy with Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition. Beyond a high-definition visual retooling, Capcom has said the new package will include unspecified bonus content and support for trophies on the PS3 and achievements on the Xbox 360.

Released in October of 2001, Devil May Cry introduced protagonist Dante and established the series' mixture of gunplay and swordplay. The second game followed on in 2003 with the introduction of Lucia and an enhanced demon form. In 2005, Devil May Cry 3 introduced new fighting styles and told a prequel story involving Dante and his rival brother Vergil. The Special Edition of Devil May Cry 3 was released in early 2006 and featured a playable Virgil, a new boss character, a turbo option to speed the game up by 20 percent, a new continue system, adjusted difficulty levels (with a new "very hard" mode), and survival and movie modes.

The HD Collection isn't the only Devil May Cry release on the calendar. Capcom has also tapped Enslaved: Odyssey to the West developer Ninja Theory to create DMC, a "rebirth" of the series that features a new take on Dante who can switch among angel, demon, and human forms in mid-combo. Capcom has set a 2012 release window for DMC.

For more on the included games, check out GameSpot's original reviews of Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening Special Edition.

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