Ninja Theory’s take on Devil May Cry dropped back in 2013 to divisive reception, but Devil May Cry V producer Itsuno Hideaki turns out to be a huge fan.
According to VG247, Itsuno-san stated that he “really wanted” to produce DmC 2. The director has had a strong involvement in every mainline Devil May Cry game since 2, so his praise certainly means volumes:
“I really wanted to make a DmC: Devil May Cry 2, after the first one,” Itsuno stated at the Tokyo Game Show. “I was really pumped up to do it, and then that didn’t happen. So… when it came time to make a new game, we said, alright, let’s make Devil May Cry 5.”
The decision to abandon DmC 2 was down to the development team Itsuno-san had at his disposal, who had much more potential producing a new mainline title:
“We had these people that didn’t work on DmC and people that did. Because we had these two sides mixing, it was like alright, we’re going to make Devil May Cry 5 – it’s not going to be a sequel to DmC, but we definitely want to do what we can to take what we learned from that game too.”
Back in July, Devil May Cry 5 producer Matt Walker stated that the development team “learned a lot from working with Ninja Theory.” Walker and Itsuno-san’s combined praise likely means that 5 will borrow heavily from DmC’s stylistic leanings, along with experimenting with Devil May Cry‘s core gameplay.
Devil May Cry 5 has been hotly anticipated for years, with the game concluding the Sons of Sparda trilogy. Players will assume the role of Niero, the protagonist of 4, albeit with a slightly more updated demonic arm. The title is set to launch March 8, 2019 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.