Over its many years, Capcom has been partially or fully responsible for an epic number of memorable game series. From Resident Evil to Mega Man to Street Fighter, the development and production studio has more intellectual properties than it knows what to do with, and one of the other prominent among them is Devil May Cry. It’s a game series with a storied history, full of tumultuous ups and downs across the many games encompassing it.
However, the series was successfully “rebooted” several years ago. Even though that game ended up selling particularly well, it didn’t prove to be the landmark supernatural action title that its predecessors were. In the following article, we’re going to explore the premise of this rebooted game and figure out whether or not it’s time to start getting excited about a potential sequel.
Want to get your hands on DmC 2, if it should ever exist? Read on for some healthy speculation and evidence!
At its heart, Devil May Cry has always been a series about action. It’s fast-paced, filled with outrageous, bold characters, and it lives in a perfect world for the stories that the games set out to tell. The series has fit right in among Capcom’s other game series. It comes as a surprise to many, but Devil May Cry was originally conceived as a potential sequel in the Resident Evil series, also popular and also created and owned by Capcom. However, one look at each of these series will show you why they were destined to remain separate.
Whereas Resident Evil is grounded in scientific horror, action, and real-world locales, Devil May Cry is exceptionally more supernatural. There are demons, Hellspawn, and characters adept at killing them in particularly brutal and stylistic fashions. At its heart, Devil May Cry is a story about bloody revenge, and in each of the games, the enacted revenge at the protagonist’s hands is, indeed, bloody.
However, gore has never been a standout point of the series either. It might have had roots in horror when it was intended to be a Resident Evil sequel, but it’s since become much more about action and kinetic, forward-moving energy. This held true in the reboot, as well. The Devil May Cry games remain all about stringing together stylish, flashy combos using a variety of weapons against as many enemies as you can possibly take on, at once (hint: it’s often a lot.)
In spite of the series having a rather substantial following, as well as a firmly cemented place in gaming culture, it’s unclear whether or not we’re going to see a sequel to the rebooted Devil May Cry game. Titled DmC: Devil May Cry, to be specific, all that we have to go upon is the previous game’s success, and the current work of the game studios responsible for it–Ninja Theory and Capcom.
Devil May Cry
The series has always maintained a very loose connection to the Divine Comedy, the old literary masterpiece by Dante Alighieri. The games feature a protagonist familiar in name–Dante–and are populated by characters and demons whose names and likenesses also appear in the poem. However, these surface-level similarities are where most of the connections begin and end. After all, the action and stories featured in these games are far from literary. That’s a good thing! They’re action games!
Dante’s overarching mission in Devil May Cry is one of revenge; finding his mother’s killers and putting them to justice by way of swords and guns. Though the series was released over the course of several years, it wasn’t released in chronological order according to the story being told.
The first Devil May Cry game landed in 2001, and the series continued on until Devil May Cry 4 was released in 2008. The course of the entire series managed to tell a cohesive story, but the third and fourth games were each a prequel to the first two.
The Series Rebooted
The reboot of Devil May Cry was a rumor for almost as long as it’s been a reality. The entirety of the first four games managed to tell a complete story, and throughout all of it, they generated a rather sizeable fan following.
Given that the series had already reached a conclusion with the release of Devil May Cry 4 (in spite of it being largely a prequel game), the only realistic option for furthering the series–while keeping the main protagonist of Dante–was to reboot it entirely.
DmC: Devil May Cry
Many of the things that drew gamers to the first Devil May Cry games persisted through to the reboot. The games were branded in a slightly different way–the “DmC” acronym seen in some of the included images we’ve included–but they still stand for much of the same thing: Devil May Cry.
This new game revolved around Dante, as well, though he was an entirely redesigned character. So too was the world that he lived in, which proved to be a jarring experience for many players. In spite of all the “new,” however, enough familiar aspects remained that longstanding fans of the series were largely appeased.
Heritage and romantic literature still play an important backdrop; the Dante of DmC is equally haunted by the legacy of his parentage. In the reboot, the setting is Limbo City, and it’s a place that’s under the overt control of disguised demons. The plot largely revolved around Dante, aided by his twin brother Vergil and a psychic named Kat, overthrowing the power that the demons hold over this place, kept between reality and “limbo,” the place in which the monsters lurk.
The gameplay was still incredibly fast-paced and remained grounded in the combo-based fury that the series remained known for. Dante’s new background gave him “angel” and “devil” abilities that could be juggled in the middle of combat, thereby adding to the complexity expected by fans while giving it a fresh flavor for the reboot.
The rebooted Devil May Cry was released in 2013. Three years have passed since then, and those who enjoyed the fresh direction for familiar characters are eagerly awaiting the announcement of its sequel. A sequel to a sequel that was actually a reboot. If that very phrase doesn’t indicate the longevity of this particular franchise, what does?
Unfortunately, we don’t have any solid word regarding the future of the Devil May Cry series. No announcement has been made regarding a sequel to this reboot, though fans are certainly anxious for it.
Most large-budget games have a development cycle between one and three years, so what’s with the wait and the silence? Many cynics might think of it as a bad sign, but the reality is that no evidence isn’t a sign of anything. Quite a lot of investment capital depends on the sales of games when they’re released, and therefore, news about games’ development processes is kept under tight control.
This means that we’re going to hear about a Devil May Cry sequel when the game’s developers decide that we’re ready to, and probably not a moment sooner. Considering that the Devil May Cry reboot itself received overwhelmingly positive critical feedback, there’s more reason to hope than there is to doubt! On top of that, we’re still smack dab in the middle of a console generation, which only heightens the likelihood that there’s still plenty of time to hear a Devil May Cry 2 announcement before time runs out.
Games Like Devil May Cry
While we don’t have any firm evidence as to whether the Devil May Cry reboot is going to get a sequel, we don’t necessarily have to look toward the future in order to find similar gameplay. There are plenty of supernatural action games out there that are just as worthy of your attention, and they’re available across a wide variety of gaming platforms.
The most surprising alternative of the bunch is likely to be Bayonetta, which has also spawned a highly successful sequel. It’s packed full of snark, pop culture, the supernatural, and highly stylized characters and action. The game is incredibly fast-paced, the plot is outrageous, and the personalities that inhabit each game’s story are memorable. The Bayonetta games are considerably lighter-hearted than Devil May Cry, but the themes and style are quite similar.
If you’re playing on a PlayStation console, turn your attention to the God of War series. While it’s grounded in a fictionalized, mythological history, it’s all about brutal, stylistic action. Moreover, the themes of revenge are quite similar to what you’d find in Devil May Cry games. It’s an entirely different setting–there’s nothing modern about it, since it’s based on ancient Greek and Roman mythology–but it nevertheless provides great gameplay and has been the subject of numerous ecstatic reviews.
Though we don’t have any word regarding a sequel to the Devil May Cry reboot, there’s no reason to despair, yet. The reboot itself received excellent critical reviews, and sold quite well! These facts only contribute to the hope that we might see that sequel in the near future!