I’m pretty happy with the Definitive Edition of DmC so far, it really helps to have that 60fps going for it that the previous games have always had. The combat balance can be felt, the old Dante models are nice, and the little uptick in graphics is appreciated. Whether you dug the reboot or not the property’s future deserves some discussion and the release of a new edition of the reboot is as good a time as any for it.
Devil May Cry is just too big and valuable an IP for Capcom to let it languish in the purgatory of “What the hell should we do with this now?”-land like, say Resident Evil.
Ninja Theory’s reboot effort was a very good game, as reflected by reviews, but of course the fans of the series all but boycotted it due to Capcom’s major changes. Yes, those were driven by Capcom and not Ninja Theory. The people have spoken with their wallets and the sales aren’t like they used to be. That could be a reason for releasing a Definitive Edition in the first place, to try to squeeze some bucks out of it. Maybe even get some former haters on board who have calmed down. I doubt that will be enough to secure the future path for the franchise though.
Change is difficult, perhaps continuing the saga from where DmC ends (with enough fan pandering) could slowly re-grow the popularity of the franchise. I think I can say without spoiling anything that at the end of DmC the world is well set up to move right into the more familiar Devil May Cry universe if Capcom chose to redirect the focus. Then again the old fans may just never accept this new direction, not unlike Final Fantasy fans and their battle.
I recently learned there would be a new Alien movie. It will ignore everything that happened after James Cameron’s Aliens and essentially function as Aliens 2 without having to fit the later canon of Alien 3 and Alien: Resurrection which some fans weren’t pleased with. So that is the other option, just pretend DmC never happened. Return Dante to his former self, half demon and half human instead of half angel, and continue the old series directly after Devil May Cry 4. I sort of liked Nero anyway, but that’s another can of worms.
Having two franchises probably isn’t an option, unlike Tomb Raider which also has the dungeon crawlers Guardian of Light and Temple of Osiris attached to it, DMC is a game that requires big money flash no matter how you do it. Along with everything else you have to take into account that Ninja Theory will be busy for a while and it’s actually questionable that anyone else can reach the quality DmC did (8-9 scores). They may have to work on it themselves instead of outsourcing, as they have made a habit of doing.
I’d love to be a fly on the wall at some of these Capcom meetings that are going to figure out what to do. I hope they are actually having them too. As a fan I’d like a decision and a game made asap.
Which direction do you think the series should take?