The long-running action series and spectacle fighter breakout Devil May Cry is concluding the Sons of Sparda saga with its upcoming fifth instalment, but it is going out with a bang thanks to some novel new features.
What is Devil May Cry 5?
Devil May Cry 5 is the latest instalment in the franchise, following Ninja Theory’s ill-fated reboot, DmC: Devil may Cry, which changed Dante and his attitude.
This new entry brings the series back to the original creators at Capcom, with long-time director Hideaki Itsuno (who has been involved in every entry since the second) back at the helm. Itsuno has experience working as a designer on fighting games, including Rival School, Power Stone, Darkstalkers, Street Fighter Alpha, and Capcom Vs. SNK 1 and 2. His experience in fighting games should help bring in new ways to grow the combat to new heights thanks to his knowledge of combo systems and free-form combat.
The game’s initial reveal was at the Microsoft’s press conference at E3 2018. The trailer showed Nero, a demon hunter introduced in the fourth game, using new weapons. Nero had an overpowering arm in Devil May Cry 4 that was used to dominate enemies. This time around, due to having his demon arm ripped off, he gains access to a multitude of different mechanical arms made by his sidekick, Nico, which gives him all kinds of new functionality.
Alongside Nero returns Dante, looking much older now. Dante brings back fan-favourite weapons such as Cerberus (the tri-ice-nunchucks from the third game), along with new ones, including a motorcycle that turns into two giant weapons. These weapons are crazy, but that is where Devil May Cry shines.
Adding to the team is the new character V, who plays unlike anyone else in the game. V uses a demon familiar to do battle from a distance and teleports in at opportune times to use his walking stick as a tool for bludgeoning demons.
In the story, Dante is approached by V, who asks for help to end a demon invasion at Red Grave City. The trailers so far show V trying to kill Dante with Sparda’s sword, leaving fans with much to discover about the character’s motives and relationships.
Why are we excited?
In the ten-year wait between Devil May Cry 4 and 5 was Ninja Theory’s reboot. Despite the solidity of that sidestep, it only made fans want a new entry in the original story of Dante and an explanation of how Nero would impact the future of the series.
Additionally, Vergil has been absent since Devil May Cry 3, which is, chronologically, the first game in the series. Fan theories state that Vergil appeared in Devil May Cry as a silent demon called Nelo Angelo, whom Dante felt a familiarity towards.
In the fourth game, Nero received Vergil’s sword and was able to wield it, granting him the ability to change into a demonic form. Although the fact was never revealed within the games, Capcom has confirmed that Nero is Vergil’s son.
Now, fans are clamouring to theories that Vergil has made a return, with two ideas being that he is the one who took Nero’s arm and that V is a reincarnated Vergil. This latter theory is based on V’s name and suggestive comments made by the character about being “but two days old.” V also shares many moves with Dante’s twin, such as summoning a ring of swords and teleporting around.
The characters have been redesigned and based on real people, while updated visuals add detail and a realistic look.
Featuring an updated combat system and new abilities, Devil May Cry 5 is shaping up to be one of the best action games in a long time, and the developer’s stated goal is to make it the best action game the studio has ever made.
One odd addition is that of Dark Souls-esque multiplayer via the Cameo System, bringing characters together and sometimes players. The multiplayer may expand the game even more through the possibility of team combos and juggles, as well as the chance to take a single-player style of game into new frontiers. Nevertheless, the game is still fully playable solo. As of yet, how the multiplayer will affect the additional challenge mode, Bloody Palace, where players fight onslaughts of enemies, remains to be seen.
Two further systems are also being added. A photo mode allows players to pause the game and relocate the camera to snap a ‘SSStylish’ picture of the demon-hunting action. Meanwhile, a Void mode provides players a place to practice and hone the skills needed to take down the strongest of demons, akin to a fighting game practice mode.
When can we play it?
Devil May Cry 5 will be available March 8, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One in both a normal edition and deluxe editions.
Are you excited to see Devil May Cry return to its roots or do you wish that Ninja Theory had been able to further its vision with a sequel to its reboot? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to come back tomorrow for a spotlight on the latest entry in a seminal franchise.