Capcom has never modified its ideas about Devil May Cry 5 – not even God of War was capable of changing the company’s route.
Hideaki Itsuno, the director of Devil May Cry 5 (he previously worked on 3 and 4 in the series, as well as Dragon’s Dogma, to name a few), told Everyeye an Italian publication, the following: „No, we have never thought of such a change. For us, the important thing is to focus on what our fans want. Consider that much of the feedback collected with DmC and Devil May Cry 4 were requests related to the number of environmental puzzles or “platform” phases. Many have asked us to reduce the number, and so we did in Devil May Cry 5.”
Hideki Kamiya, the director of the first Devil May Cry (and thus, basically the father of the series), previously wrote this on Twitter: „I’m just throwing some ideas out there, but I think it’s about time Devil May Cry got a game design revision. Looking at current global trends and the amazing graphics in recent Capcom games, the next DMC game could do with a full model change, like the new God of War. Instead of being an anime-style hack ‘n’ slash, maybe Capcom will turn Devil May Cry 5 into a realistic, cinematic action game…?” That change never happened.
Itsuno admitted that he’s proud of finding that „sweet spot” between the realistic characters and the exaggerated action, which turned out to be the hardest thing for Capcom during development: „As often happens, it is in both cases the same aspect of the game. Moreover when you work hard to overcome a difficulty, if the result satisfies you, you can not but be proud of it. One of the aspects we worked with the most attention is the stylistic factor: we wanted to find the right balance (the “sweet spot”) between the realism of the models, the characters and of the animations, and this exaggerated and fantastic action that finds no place and counterpart in the real world. Our characters are unquestionably human, we have even eliminated the sensations related to the so-called ” uncanny valley “, yet the actions they are capable of break and overcome the physical laws, without these two tendencies (the natural and the supernatural) entering into conflict in a clear way.”
Devil May Cry 5 is going to launch on March 8 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.