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Re-imaging of Dante, and the New Devil May Cry

Rey Gutierrez's Avatar + Posted by Rey Gutierrez on Sep 24, 2010 // Senior Social Media Specialist

“I remember calling it Developers May Cry, it looked that good.” God of War III’s game director Stig Asmussen confesses in the upcoming God of War Directors Live event, when asked about his art direction days on the original God of War. Devil May Cry; its headliner, Dante; and the entire DMC mythology have sprung installments on multiple consoles, comic books and an anime series. Dante is an iconic figure in the video game world, so imagine the reaction when Lead Producer Alex Jones and Chief Creative Director Tameem Antoniades were tapped to change everything we know about Devil May Cry and start from scratch. The result? DmC.


Clearly, Ninja Theory and Capcom were anticipating a strong reaction and fan skepticism, but after my conversation with the new DmC team, I grew more confident that Dante and the cast of DmC are in good hands. It’s daring, crazy and extremely challenging to change an 11-year-old franchise. But, if Christopher Nolan can do it with Batman Begins, maybe Ninja Theory can do the same for Devil May Cry. I’m sure you’ll agree when I say that I feverishly await more details behind the new DmC. Expect both Jones and Antoniades to visit the PlayStation.Blog in the future.

I like the new hair. There, I said it.

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+ FormerPSfan on September 26th, 2010 at 2:05 pm said:

I truly laugh at SCE and capcoms pseudo-trolling here. Just respond to your critics outright and be on the level. You are dealing with people who have legit concerns and making valid points. We deserve better!

As many many have pointed out this latest installment has latest flaws that are NOT being addressed here. Quite the opposite its being whitewashed with amateurish propoganda.Its clear for all to see this is NOT devil may cry nor is this character dante.

Here is what will happen if the dev/publishers continue on their current path. The game will be continue to be hyped as is further alienating the fanbase. As the release date near this game will be shipped to retailers who will move it from stockrooms to shelves the night before. There will be no 12:01am sales for this game as frankly those who would’ve lined up for it will be long gone by this point, every last one. After this point the game will not fly off shelves but sit gathering dust adding disenchanted retailers to the long line of dissatisfied fans. the game will be returned by retailers by the thousands as unsold stock and no doubt a number will soon end up in bargain bins where once again they will gather dust.


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+ DawgAlumnus on September 26th, 2010 at 4:01 pm said:

Badasses don’t wear eyeliner.


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+ DawgAlumnus on September 26th, 2010 at 4:10 pm said:

I really don’t think SCE and some of the bloggers that like the change are doing any favors in winning people over. Just saying people are pissed about the new hair color is belittling the larger opinion that people don’t like the design. The dislike goes beyond hair color.

The majority of people don’t really find Daunte’s, Rey’s, and the Ninja Theory guy’s style all that cool. Is Adam Lambert fans really the demographic Capcom’s shooting for?

People accepted the over the top daunte, because it was over the top, there wasn’t anything the average fan could compare it to at the time. This daunte’s image hits a lot closer to a style that many people know and don’t care for. It hits too close to reality for some people.

If capcom wants this game to sell don’t put the main character on the box or in TV adds. Make sure Daunte’s style, or eye liner, is never in clear focus when advertising, piss people off after they’ve already paid for it. People don’t want to play as a super hero that looks like the emo kid they helped fish out of a locker in high school.


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+ Lord_Rinja on September 26th, 2010 at 4:51 pm said:

The original Dante defined what a modern day 3D action hero should play like when Devil May Cry was released. Ninja Theory has found a way to completely destroy one of the coolest video game characters ever made from an art perspective.

Stop westernizing Japanese Video Games. I am sick and tired of the media (:cough:IGN:cough:) complaining that Japanese Video Games should be more like US games. Stop killing whats unique about their culture and pop culture. Change could be a good thing but this isn’t change, this is just Capcom trying to make the overly opinionated media happy. Sorry Capcom but your fans are more important than what the media says about Japanese Pop Culture.

Also, enough with the Whip Blades. Castlevania had whips before any action games made it popular but just because Kratos from God of War has the Blades of Chaos doesn’t mean that Dante’s new weapon should transform into a whip just to please the GOW fans. THIS ISN’T GOW and by the new look of it, this certainly is not Devil May Cry.


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+ sic_niga_killer on September 26th, 2010 at 5:23 pm said:

I don’t think changing his look is a bad thing the only thing i would say to keep is his white hair because its part of his basic look such as the coat but they say they want to make him look tougher but really I think he looks like a punk like someone who could be easily pushed around I’m not just trying to trash the change I’m actually pretty open to it but I am trying to give my opinion as a fan of all four DMC games I mean this game turned me in to a gamer and are by far my favorite games and I just want to try and contribute what I can as a Devil May Cry fan.


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+ Folkenhellfang on September 26th, 2010 at 5:32 pm said:

The best part of all this is how it paints a picture of the average gamer. Most you sound like old republicans, railing against change. It also says alot that the old design for Dante is what you think is cool. The old look was a guitly pleasure at best and a ridiculous JP gaming sterotype at worst.

Devil May Cry 4 proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that the series needed a reboot. Nero? He is the Raiden of DMC. The only part of young Dante’s design I am not crazy about is the smoking, but that is just a personal issue.

If you really are a fan of the series, take heart and knuckle up. Since Kamiya left Capcom there is nobody better than Ninja Theroy to do the deed.


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+ TEKZX on September 26th, 2010 at 5:39 pm said:

@DarkShadow34 , WELL SAID. i want original dante back and dissapear that cigarette puny little emo boy. ORIGINAL DANTE is awesome and dont need to change it. NINJA THEORY SUCKSSS ,BIG TIME


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+ Lord_ShadowRyu on September 26th, 2010 at 8:08 pm said:

What if, Just what if?? We all Know Dante had a past before he is what he is so what if this is the very being were he started to be the badass he is some don’t know even though they think they know. I love how Developers love to talk but still keep us in the dark.


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+ Ocelot476 on September 26th, 2010 at 8:31 pm said:

i love it. i dont care what anyone else has to say because its going to be a good game. and the new dante looks badass. i will shoot down any negative response to this game that anyone has


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+ Anticrawl on September 26th, 2010 at 8:46 pm said:

NOT ONE GAMER IN THE WORLD CARES ABOUT THE COLOR OF HIS HAIR ANYMORE. It is about his hideously grotesque hipster appearance. Jesus Christ, someone kill me.


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+ riskbreaker86 on September 26th, 2010 at 8:49 pm said:

People who defend this new look are Twilight fanatics…………seriously.

or they’re punk rock emo fans. Denials will come, but the truth is there.


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+ DainBramage on September 27th, 2010 at 5:54 am said:

DMC4 was bad but this is horrible.

Capcom just lost another customer.


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+ GUNBEHINDTHESUN on September 27th, 2010 at 6:12 am said:

To all the comments Rey Gutierrez is making. Why do you want it emo? Are you emo? This game is not Devil May Cry. The analogy of Nolan North changing the voice of Batman influenced other Batman roles has nothing to do with this Devil May Cry game. This character looks nothing like Dante besides wearing red. The jacket looks awful as well. It looks like a cheap robe that the character is about to fall out of. The smoking thing is not cool and that weapon is a ripoff of Soul Calibur. Also the argument that people are making that the older version of Dante was emo is incorrect. It was more Gothic. Emo is not Gothic. Something that would have made people accept this more is if this new character was someone else and not considered Dante. People can re-image all they want but if it’s too far from what it was all about, people won’t consider it the same.


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+ Folkenhellfang on September 27th, 2010 at 6:21 am said:

Wow, just wow. 268, they are talking about the movie, The Dark Knight, by Christopher Nolan not Nolan North. I don’t know why I bothered to say anything. Some gamers just love to cry about nothing and in the end have no conviction. Just ask the guys who said they wouldn’t buy Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 when it was announced that it wouldn’t have dedicated servers what game they played all week after the release of the game. You’ll buy it just as sure as you will complain about the next game to come out in a long running series.


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+ Roronoa_Haki on September 27th, 2010 at 6:39 am said:

Message for Rey Gutierrez,
can’t you at least admit that such a drastic change can disapoint fans? I do not think that DMC fans like to see Dante, the son of a demon, to be replaced by an emo junkie. I don’t care if they reboot, but just don’t call that kid “Dante”, Dante is someone, a video game character with his own features, Christopher Nolan has not changed batman in shape, only the bottom and there is the difference. This is only my opinion and as a DMC fan I do not think Dante Is an “over the top fashonista”, that was insulting.
(sorry for the spelling, I’m not English and do not 100% metrized the language of Shakespeare …)


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+ Badmamajamma on September 27th, 2010 at 6:41 am said:

Ok my first thought was oh yeah a new DmC, then the characted design not so thrilled, the action still seems to be fitting to the series. In the interview they said they wanted to make Dante a little less over the top, over the top is what the series has always been about though. But ok sure maybe it need a revamp, here is an idea why not revamp it by bringing it to the portable demographic. Perhaps a redesigned PSP version of the original with a new mode added or something? I am not going to condemn this game but I am looking to see more, maybe something in the way of some in-game footage. Now as far as Ninja Theory doing it, I don’t doubt their ablilities wit creating a great game ie. Heavenly Sword and Enslaved ( I have only played its demo but it seems epic). I look forward to seeing more, perhaps a Qore spot could be a little more in-depth and maybe put some our concerned minds at ease.


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+ Badmamajamma on September 27th, 2010 at 6:50 am said:

I’d like to add that no I am not excited about Dante’s new look but ok I’ll try a demo when it gets here. And GUNBEHINDTHESUN is right why even bring up the Batman thing with no real relation to DmC? But I still feel like capcom is just starting to slip even outside of DmC look at RE5 it was terrible I played it and beat it but it’s not what it used to be, nor is DmC. Maybe it’s a new demographic they want to bring in with the changes who knows. One thing is for sure though, NT has stirred up a healthy debate and for that I applaud you.


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+ shadow-ofmy-dad on September 27th, 2010 at 7:45 am said:

You gotta be kiddin’ me. Why does Dante look like Adam Lambert?!?! I understand taking a new approach but you can’t even begin to compare the identity rape here with what Nolan did to Batman. At a glance Batman will still look like Batman, If you have to use to DMC title at least give this new character anew name because he’s not Dante.


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+ MatthewG_93 on September 27th, 2010 at 8:00 am said:

@Roronoa_Haki

Youre totally right. The original Dante is the someone who means for me something. Its a character who with the entire enviroment the previous DMC has makes Devil May Cry for me.


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+ GUNBEHINDTHESUN on September 27th, 2010 at 9:51 am said:

@ 269
Your right, my mistake on who voiced it but I read an argument talking something about it and I failed to research that specific fact. The rest of what I said is a point I wanted to make though. Oh well. If Capcom wants to sell out their ideas, and if I don’t like the result, I just won’t buy the product.


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+ lxcainxl on September 27th, 2010 at 12:04 pm said:

It is really funny to read the posts in here.

The solution to this dilemma and debate is easy:

VOTE WITH YOUR WALLET.

To hell with what other people think of your likes and dislikes. If you want it, but it. If you don’t, then don’t buy it. This isn’t hard stuff, people.


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+ kithrin on September 27th, 2010 at 12:36 pm said:

I have to ask, when was smoking cool? I think smoking is one of the most UNCOOL things about some characters. Solid snake was an exception since he didn’t do it to be ‘cool’ it was more like they just kept him in character from the first metal gear games.


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+ kiapurity on September 27th, 2010 at 1:38 pm said:

My concern is his appearance and there’s already been many comparasions to Twilight’s Robert Pattison which leaves a very bad taste in my mouth.

I really believe that Dante shouldn’t have been changed as white hair in Japanese mythology/media = mystical being and I’m pretty sure demons fall under mystical being…

Besides, I really found the new look to be a major turn off. (I was also startled by the fact that someone on Ninja Theory??? looks the same as the new Dante. Isn’t that … self-inserting?)

Btw, I’m deaf so I couldn’t even understand what people were saying in the video. D: (Subtitles needed BADLY or a decent transcription.)


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+ vash392 on September 27th, 2010 at 7:16 pm said:

Wow….they have some really big shoes to fill in knowing that DMC is like one of the best games to playstation. I’m not to big of a fan of changing the main most BOSS character but maybe going in a different direction might help(doubt it). Well I cant wait for it to come out because DMC must go on.

P.S I agree with kiapurity with the whole appearance being to twilighty lol.


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+ Badmamajamma on September 27th, 2010 at 8:30 pm said:

@273 I was validating your point. I am in agreement with you, who care about some batman stuff. The voice is because the actor batman has always deserved the darkness about himself so no big shock value when they did it. This new DmC certainly has some shock vale to it. I’m still not going to condemn it because there is no real release date yet so NT has time to consider our thoughts by at the very least making his hair silver as it should be. I will still try it on demo but idk how I fell about buying it yet.


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+ osricenpatt on September 27th, 2010 at 11:28 pm said:

Here comes this again. You’re comparing Christopher Nolan to Ninja Theory? Ok, they’re both british but that’s it. And as far as I saw their new game “Enslaved” and even having played it…this will be ehs ach i tee.


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+ SolMagnus on September 27th, 2010 at 11:30 pm said:

Please hand this game over Shinji Mikami and his Vanquish studio. PLEASE!!!


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+ XPertEURO on September 28th, 2010 at 4:12 am said:

Bearing in mind that we will look at Dante’s back the whole game – red clown collar infuriates me the most. He is terrible!


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+ kithrin on September 28th, 2010 at 5:42 am said:

You know what kinda pisses me off? they are comparing a Reboot which kept the form of a character, and its intent, to one that completely changed the character in every way.


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+ TUSTIN1 on September 28th, 2010 at 6:14 am said:

The real reason Rey keeps defending DmC:

“Oooh!!, I get to play as myself in a Devil May Cry game!!!”


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+ Batman4057 on September 28th, 2010 at 10:54 am said:

Nolan did not change Batman’s voice. He made his on interpretation of Batman’s voice. I don’t recall Batman being a real person so how do we know what Batman really sounds like. I don’t recall Bob Kane saying what he is suppose to sound like lol


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+ tsuru2 on September 30th, 2010 at 9:43 am said:

Over the top fashionist versus heroin addict. They could put Trish as a Lindsay Lohan-like.


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+ FuzzyWhisper on October 1st, 2010 at 12:51 am said:

The DMC series doesn’t need a reboot. For one thing, it still has a lot of mindshare among gamers. A reboot should be reserved as the last-ditch attempt to revive a dying franchise. What’s the point of attracting a new demographic if you lose a substantial portion of your existing customer base in the process? Second, DMC is remarkably profitable considering that its genre has never been mainstream. It is foolish and reckless to risk destroying a beloved series merely to chase after some far-fetched sales target.

I am sickened by the condescending tone Capcom and Ninja Theory are taking with longtime fans of the DMC series. First you alienate us with an appalling revamp of Dante that seems specifically designed to undermine the original version in every way.(Strong-looking? Nope. Witty? Nope. Cool? Nope. Amusing? Nope.) Then you grind salt into the wound by claiming the backlash was “expected” and that, essentially, we all ought to pipe down and wait for Ninja Theory to deliver a product that, on the evidence of their previous games and the wretched new “DmC” trailer, they are incapable of producing. Outrageous.


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+ FuzzyWhisper on October 1st, 2010 at 12:51 am said:

DMC isn’t defined by its style, you know, and it’s equally wrong-headed to place any great emphasis on its story. As most dedicated fans of the series can tell you, DMC’s only essential feature is its fast, fluid (read: rock-solid 60fps), dynamic, complex gameplay. Ninja Theory makes middling to decent action-adventure titles with shallow combat, not precisely engineered stylish action games like DMC1, DMC3 and Bayonetta. Botch the combat system in this reboot and you can expect the death rattle of the DMC series to be accompanied by a roar of fan outrage so thunderous that the current backlash will be as a cricket fart in a hurricane.

Good luck.


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+ Spacerac on October 3rd, 2010 at 3:22 pm said:

I’ve never played any of the Devil May Cry games, but I think people should chill out. When I finally got to jump into PS3 this year, I chose inFamous for my first game. I was blown away. Then shortly after I found out there was going to be a sequel and I was real excited. But sadly, a bunch of people were more pissed at Cole’s new design than excited at their being another inFamous installment. Now Sucker Punch has changed him back and now it’ll take even longer for the game to come out what with the changes in art and everything. If they were any real kinda inFamous fans they would’ve waited till the game *actually came out* and *actually played it*. I think it’s the same with this game. Wait till it comes out instead of complaining about looks; it’s superficial.


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+ megamanx1x on October 5th, 2010 at 7:31 am said:

hey idont mind how he looks on the preview before u press play.give the man his white hair


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+ EroticGooch on October 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm said:

hey, you got to remember you guys, if this is related to the other Devil May Cry stories, then Dante’s hair and looks will go back to normal, maybe this is just how he got all of his skills or something, but the Devil May Cry series will be alright


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+ xion12 on October 12th, 2010 at 12:03 pm said:

OK, I’m going to give it a chance, but if it blows up in capcom’s face im going to LAUGH! I’ve been a Capcom fan for a loooong time, but this, i think is gonna be a stupid move. I love this series, but Tameem Antoniades or w/e apparently wants to BE Dante…that angers me A LOT. if that is the only problem with it ok fine i can deal with that, but if he botches it up, i might not buy any future Capcom games if hes in the staff….Dante looked fine.


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+ marohapepsi on October 15th, 2010 at 5:52 pm said:

Everytime I read a board regarding this topic I get so aggravated! So many people are missing the point. This is NOT a sequel, or prequel to the original DMC series. This is a reimagining! Why are people so confused about this? It’s clearly meant to be the same DMC story but in a different setting, a different time period, and with a different Dante. I personally thing the DMC series has gone stale and could do with a reboot. This new Dante is so badass! Butting out his cigarette into that creature’s face? Is everyone blind? He’s punk…and he doesn’t need a shock of white hair to still be Dante. I think this will be a darker take on the series that, personally, has declined in quality and appeal since the first one. If you pay attention to the trailer, I don’t think this is going to be just a straightforward game – I think it’s got a twist that will steer it away from being just another cookie cutter DMC game (or Bayonetta). I don’t care what the haters say, I’m looking out for this game. I like the look of it, I like the direction they’re taking, and the music is kick ass. You should all try to have an open mind because this game could surprise you. I’m excited and can’t wait till we get a release date!


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+ i_am_noob on October 15th, 2010 at 6:13 pm said:

my thoughts exactly, marohapoopsie! couldn’t agree with you more. people nowadays have become so unoriginal and bland that they can no longer keep an open mind to brand new awesomeness. this modern take and the psychologically suffering prisoner is sure to bring about some wicked plot twists. at the very least it won’t be a straight forward progression through the game fighting the same old, same old. I shall ALSO be watching this title closely and more than likely making it a day-one buy on PS3. and bayonetta was also quite spectacular. “do you want to touuuuuch?” I have high hopes Ninja Theory won’t disappoint with this.. they’ve made some great titles in the past.


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+ Jk54564 on October 16th, 2010 at 6:42 pm said:

While I do feel a tinge of longing for the Dante of yester year, I do have to express gratitude that the team actually tried to reimagine Dante instead of just copy and pasting and changing his coat blue, swapping the arm, and giving him a new name. And while I love the old Dante, I have to admit that the new one does show promise. Sure he may look a little more punky than some find acceptable, but when a character makes a point of twisting his cigarette out on a demon’s face before beating the crap out of it and its posse, you know the dude means business. To make a long story short, I thinks it’s pretty clear that this point that this and old Dante are not the same character, so we shouldn’t compare them as such, but evaluate them as separate entities. At this point the arguement is a matter of aesthetics, and we should reserve our judgement for when we actually have an entire game to be critical about.


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