Look out Devil May Cry fans, because Dante is back!
After four main series games featuring the famously stylish demon hunter and an appearance in Marvel Vs. Capcom 3 as a playable fighter along with his estranged brother Virgil and hyper-competent assassin-turned-sidekick Trish, the Devil May Cry series looked to be taking a strange turn. After a five year hiatus, after Devil May Cry 4 was released, Dante returned to consoles – but not as players knew him. Instead, he starred in an alternate continuity reboot of the series akin to the 2008 Prince of Persia. He also lost his iconic head of stark white hair, which was replaced with a black, flatter style instead. This was… controversial, to say the very least.
Then, in a recent 2017 release- four years after the reboot game- Dante once again had a role to play in the Marvel Vs. Capcom series, this time as a playable fighter in Infinite. The other Devil May Cry characters were nowhere to be seen this time, but fans were quick to notice that unlike his appearance in PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, Dante was rocking his old white-haired look in Infinite. This was cause for speculation throughout the fandom. Was it simply a nod to the more popular Dante design of old, was it a reference to Dante’s changing hair in the reboot, or was it a sign that things had gone back to normal for the series as a whole? Nobody could know for sure.
That is, until now. With a recent leak coming out of the woodwork, it looks like Capcom is steering the Devil May Cry series back to its roots. Devil May Cry 5 apparently picks up where Devil May Cry 4 left off and contains more cutscenes than ever, all of them featuring the original white-haired Dante design that fans have known since the series began. It has also been suggested that several other characters will be playable, including Nero from Devil May Cry 4.
The bad news for Microsoft fans – the game is apparently set to be a PlayStation 4 exclusive in some capacity due to Sony helping to fund the game, so if the rumors turn out to be true, then at the very least Xbox One owners will need to wait a while to dig into the latest installment in the series. Still, with a fighting style flare that returns the series to its pre-DmC form, an apparently fresh take on the character of Dante in the game’s story, and a new dynamic camera system, it sounds like this mysterious Devil May Cry 5 will be worth the take if it does indeed happen.
Of course, it’s important to note that absolutely none of this has actually been confirmed yet. Still, rumors have been going around in the shadows of the gaming industry for some time now of a Devil May Cry 5 and the leakers are said to be reliable, so it’s certainly possible that the leak is accurate. Regardless, it’s something to be excited about for fans of Capcom hack and slashes and at the very least the hype created by this should do some good to boost the series’ demand.
More reports to come (if) and when these rumors are confirmed.