Even though Devil May Cry fans may not like Dante’s rebooted teenage appearance in DmC: Devil May Cry, Capcom says that everyone is slowly coming around to liking it. And as the developers put it, they’ve been vindicated.
While talking with VG24/7, Capcom USA producer Alex Jones acknowledged the widespread backlash that Ninja Theory and Capcom suffered when they unveiled the new Dante:
Yeah, now it’s fine, but I could have done without having to fear for my life [laughs]. There was always going to be people who saw new Dante and who didn’t want it, and that’s fine. We understand – I understand – that people are passionate about it, so this isn’t a bad thing.
But as the game’s made the rounds through E3 2012, Gamescom 2012, and various press events, the scuttlebutt from gaming industry professionals is actually hinting that the game isn’t a betrayal of the source material at all. Granted, some fans aren’t going to like DmC no matter what, but Jones thinks the team’s made their breakthrough.
Being angry about it – yeah I get that – but we always said, ‘when you see the game and you play it, trust me, you’re going to understand that we were doing the right thing’. Now that’s happening, so yeah it’s vindication, but it’s not like smugly sitting back and going ‘ha ha’.
It’s more like, ‘We understand why you guys had doubts, and we knew that we had to prove this to you, and we were happy to do it.’ That was our responsibility.
Whatever the case, people won’t get to play the game until early next January, although Capcom has said they’re banking on selling at least a couple million copies worldwide. That’s either impressively optimistic, or incredibly ignorant of their status with a fan base that’s still fuming over what’s happened to the Mega Man series.
For what it’s worth, Dante does look noticeably different from his early reveal almost two years ago, where he was more pale and sickly-looking. At least now, he’s a bit more human, and seems more like an average punk rocker.