Devil May Cry’s Dante change due to “cool” factor

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Could you imagine if Lara Croft was no longer a brunette in the next game? What if Nathan Drake was all of a sudden the Hulk? It would be pure stupidity and madness to change an iconic character in a successful franchise, right? Maybe someone should let Capcom know that before they go ahead and truly alienate the entire fanbase of Devil May Cry die-hards with its latest change to Dante. Of course, the reasoning given behind the change has to be the most loltastic reason ever as Ninja Theory is looking to make Dante a bit more “cooler” in the eyes of gamers.

Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades, famous for his constant Heavenly Sword crying, recently spoke to CVG and Eurogamer about the change and is citing Bond as well as the cool factor as to why the change has taken place.

“It’s about Dante being cool and making you feel cool when you’re playing it, and so the combat and the style system and everything is integral to that.”

“But, you know, what was cool 12 years ago, I think that was when the first game came out, isn’t cool anymore,” he said (note that the Ninja Theory dev was slightly off in saying the original game launched 12 years ago – it actually hit stores in 2001, making it nine years old).

“What Devil May Cry did when it launched was it brought everything that was great about action cinema like the fashion, music — it was like a cultural melting pot — and I feel like now, for Devil May Cry to have that same impact, it needs to draw on new things. New music, new ways of cinematography, new fashion.”

Are you serious? I don’t know if our readers will feel the same way, but I’m not here to play Project Runway with Devil May Cry, I’m here to kill some badass demons with a badass guy wielding some guns and a sword. If I wanted to care whether or not Dante was wearing the proper accessories or sequencing, I wouldn’t be playing video games. Furthermore, Capcom America’s Alex Jones is also backing the move by giving homage to James Bond for the new direction they are taking with Dante.

“When you see the Casino Royale remake, you see Bond before he’s actually killed anyone, and it’s a really traumatic event. He’s rough-hewn, he’s not polished or debonair, but you can see the essence of what that character will become. That’s what we want to do with Dante. The core of him is there, it’s just a rougher version. It’s a becoming. He’s not fully actualized.”

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Capcom and Ninja Theory want us to trust them with this change and decision, but from past experiences with the already declining potential of Devil May Cry 4 and the upcoming screen tearing extravaganza known as Enslaved: Odyssey to the West, it makes it very difficult for me to throw any trust into this duo of developers in regards to Devil May Cry’s reboot.

Do any of you feel the same way or are you excited for this new, revamped Dante?

Watch the Official TGS 2010 trailer for the new Devil May Cry below.

Readers Comments (18)

  1. Cool factor? These guys must be on as much crack as this new Dante. Is he implying that the new “cool” is being a poor, streetwise junkie? Good lord. They fucked up with the design and they seem too proud to fix it…

  2. TheEvilExecutive September 22, 2010 @ 09:41

    R.I.P. Devil May Cry, you were good to me.

  3. lol @ this new Dante being cool

    How does the “what was cool 12 years ago, isn’t cool anymore” thing work? I thought the old Dante was awesome, and had alot more dignity to him then this trendy looking junkie that they replaced him with. If they really want to release this “cool” game I’d want them to call it something else, don’t drag down the DMC name just because it’s cool, lol.

  4. That’s so not cool.

  5. Ninja Theory can go to hell… which is not very cool I hear…

  6. Imagine a GOW reboot with Kratos having afro hair………..That’s the exact same feeling I’m having with this game.

  7. Really that’s their answer to all of this?

  8. They can count me out of the “Cool factor” sales.

  9. If it ain’t broken don’t fix it, improve the gameplay where capcom had failed to do or missed on doing but don’t jack up dante’s look and make him look emo, skinny.
    Dante represented a cocky, coolness, raw power, ass kicking demon slayer.

  10. Yeah, I want to see Dante before he was badass. Just like I wanted to see Darth Vader before he ruled the universe. Oh wait, no I didn’t. I wish they would learn from other people’s mistakes instead of repeating them.

  11. Because flying faggot boy is cooler than badass DMC3 young Dante.

    • Tony Beddoes May 19, 2011 @ 19:46

      Hell yeah this new dante looks like an anorexic faggot DMC3 dante was most badass character ive ever seen i really didnt care for him in 1 and 2 but 3 and 4 he was a hard ass and i loved him dont fuck with whats goo i say

  12. RIP DEVIL MAY CRY, same happened to CALL OF DUTY

  13. Brandon Hudson April 2, 2011 @ 05:36

    F*** THIS NEW GAME!!! Dante was never a skinny little loser! Really? The look was fine AS IS! Count me out of buying this game unless they fix DMC. There’s nothing wrong with Dante’s outfit. Who gives a flying horses**t about fashion!? You’re kicking demon’s asses! Not walking down a f***ing runway like a homosexual version of Dante. Scrawny smoking dante that looks like an emo primadonna is a friggin negatory good buddy. Fix the fixed camera. Fix the buggy fighting system and make it wheel based. He was fine with white hair, a red cloak, and muscles. Making him a puny little loser getting tortured is NOT AN IMPROVEMENT. It’s dragging down the name of a BA. NO. NO. NO. YOU GET NOTHING! I AWARD YOU NO POINTS! NOWHERE IN THAT INCOHERENT BABBLE DID YOU MAKE ANY SEMBLANCE OF A PROPER THOUGHT. WE ARE ALL NOW MORE IGNORANT FOR HAVING LISTENED TO YOU! MAY GOD HAVE MERCY ON YOUR SOULS!

  14. Brandon Hudson April 2, 2011 @ 05:38

    RIP Devil May Cry. You will forever have a special space on my video game shelf. The first four anyway.

    • Ivan quinones April 8, 2011 @ 03:43

      U guys shold not change donte its a icon I have all 4 games..i just hope its for a good cause

  15. what the hell happened with his SIX PACK ABS?! he looks like a faggot anorexic shit. srsly CAPCOM AND NINJA THEORY! I hate you guys! we were all waiting for the next dmc series then you give us this crap? what the hell happened to vergil? where the hell did Nero came from? Seriously crap!

  16. What. The. Hell. You can’t just change Dante. The new Dante looks like some street junkie. How is that what’s in right now? The old Dante was WAY better. I’m a teen, so I kinda know what’s in. This new Dante will almost surely bomb with the DMC fans.

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