Ninja Theory’s take on the Devil May Cry series titled DmC: Devil May Cry is shaping out to be quite interesting despite some of the changes the developers have made to the character’s appearance and personality. Recently, the publishers Capcom, explained in an interview with IGN why the game won’t have co-operative gameplay, especially since the game seems ripe for it with the recent Gamescom trailer showing Dante’s brother, Vergil.
Capcom senior producer Alex Jones said, “I’m not even going to tease you”. He continues, “We’re not doing co-op for reasons that are purely narrative; like we wanted to tell the story of Dante and to have to account for another person on that journey would have an impact on the narrative”.
“DmC is the sort of game where you want to hoard all the enemies to yourself in order to get your ranking up, so if you’re having to fight with the person that you’re theoretically co-operating with it would just create a skewed set of priorities. At some point in the future, if we can figure out a way to solve that then maybe; but for this one you’re going it alone as Dante”.
The protagonist Dante looks a lot different from his previous incarnations. He is usually seen with long white hair, and carries Rebellion, a sword that’s about as big as he is. However, in the reboot, the developer Ninja Theory seems to have given him a teenaged look with short black hair. An interesting thing to note is Dante’s new weapon. The sword seems to be extendable and flexible, like a whip. The level design seems to take advantage of this with platforming segments that require Dante to pull platforms to him or swing to another platform by using his sword.
DmC will not have a co-op mode
The earlier games revolve around Dante, one of the sons of Sparda, the most powerful demon that ever existed. Chronologically, the events of Devil May Cry 3 precede the events of the other games. Dante’s brother Vergil has joined up with a strange, bald wizard named Arkham, and has raised a demonic tower named the Temen-ni-Gru again in the hopes of gaining more power. It's Dante's job to go in and kick ass, which he does. Arkham dies, Vergil falls into the depths of the demon world and Dante, at the suggestion of his sometimes-ally, the huntress Lady, names his demon-hunting business Devil May Cry.
Devil May Cry takes place some time later, where Trish, a demon who resembles Dante’s mother, bursts into his shop, and invites him to Mallet Island to prevent a demon named Mundus from returning. He accepts, 'kicks ass', and seals Mundus away again, although he still doesn't succeed in killing Mundus. Trish becomes Dante's sidekick.
The events of Devil May Cry 4 happen after the first game where the focus of the story shifts to Nero, who is a member of a cult that worships Sparda, known as the “Order of the Sword”. Dante attacks the cult and soon after, demons attack the city. Nero realises that the leaders of the cult aren’t very different from the demons he’s fighting, and it’s up to Dante to save Nero.
The last game in the series, chronologically, is Devil May Cry 2. In this game, a silent Dante is called to the remote Island of Dumary to investigate a corporation that is attempting to harness demonic power. Dante literally kicks more ass.
DmC Devil May Cry is set to release in January 2013.