Devil May Cry 5 producer Matt Walker recently revealed a few intriguing details about the next entry in the series, from the reason behind Nero’s new look to the development team’s feelings on DmC.
In an interview with VG 24/7, Walker cleared up some confusion fans have been having about Nero’s makeover, explaining his shorter hair and slightly tweaked clothing choices were meant to show the demon hunter “at his prime.” A majority of the changes came from a suggestion by game director Hideaki Itsuno to make Nero look similar to “a sports star at the top of their game, someone at their physical peak, who could seemingly take on anything.”
As for the new dark duds, Walker revealed Itsuno was initially hoping Nero could be in all black, but that the team quickly discovered “a black costume wouldn’t read very well.” Instead, Nero will be sporting a navy blue outfit to give a little pop to his silver hair. The producer also touched on Dante’s brief cameo in the game’s E3 reveal trailer, teasing that his look could get changed at some point. “His hair may be impractical for motorcycle riding in that particular scene, but he might just wise up and do something to make that motorcycle riding more manageable,” Walker said.
Nero’s appearance even initially had many fans believing they were seeing the return of DmC‘s Dante in a crossover with the mainline series. However, Walker stressed that Devil May Cry 5 will be the proper sequel to Devil May Cry 4 that have fans have been requesting for 10 years.
That doesn’t mean Ninja Theory’s spin-off title didn’t influence the game’s development, though. Walker revealed that everyone on Devil May Cry 5‘s team loved DmC, so much so that lessons they learned from working on it have been implemented into the game. “Itsuno-san has stressed several times in conversations with me that he’s taken what he’s learned from working on DmC and applied what he’s learned specifically to what we’ve done on Devil May Cry 5,” he said.
For those that might cringe at hearing that, the producer also confirmed that the upcoming title’s goal is “to expand more on the combat philosophies established in Devil May Cry 4.” It’s unclear which elements of DmC will be seen in Devil May Cry 5, but at least fans of the mainline series can rest easy knowing the combat and narrative will pull from the series’ roots.
Some of the other exciting changes players have noticed, such as Nero’s metal arm, will be explained during Gamescom. During the upcoming show, fans should also learn more about the new Style rank music feature. Perhaps we’ll even get an official release date, but for now, Devil May Cry 5 is set to arrive early next year.
Devil May Cry 5 will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC in the first quarter of 2019.
Source: VG 24/7