Capcom: Motivation for Doing DmC is Not Waiting for the Series to Fizzle Out, "Old" DMC Not Dead Yet
Capcom explains why they're going the reboot route with DmC...also explains that the old DmC has not ended yet.
If you're one of the many people puzzled by Capcom's decision to reboot Devil May Cry and its protagonsit Dante to "DmC" and a younger, brash. smoking protagonist, you're not alone.
When the publisher revealed the game's new direction, it was met with mixed reaction from both the old-school Devil May Cry fans and even people new to the franchise.
So, why exactly is Capcom rebooting it? According to producer Hideaki Itsuno, part of it is not waiting for the Devil May Cry series to "fizzle out."
As far as the timing is concerned, a big part of the motivation is not waiting for the series to fizzle out, but to do it while the series is still doing really well. We’ve done Devil May Cry 1-4 and they keep getting better with each iteration, but rather than waiting for things to go badly and then trying to give it a rebirth we thought it would be an interesting challenge to try to do something new with it while it’s still quite viable.
Itsuno also admits that this "rebirth's" artistic direction was done to potentially draw in more Western fans. However, in saying all this, that doesn't mean "old-school" Dante will never be coming back. Itsuno states that he doesn't think that part of the Devil May Cry universe has ended.
We see this branching off into a new path as an expansion in the Devil May Cry universe, rather than a replacement. Only the future can tell us where the series will head, but this doesn’t mean the old series has ended or we’ll never go back to it. We’re certainly eager to do new things with this new series as well.