DMC devs wanted to make Dante a bit “harder” and less “fashionista”

Friday, 24th September 2010 23:02 GMT By Stephany Nunneley


Ninja Theory and Capcom has said it plans to win over the folks upset about the new direction it’s taking with the Devil May Cry series.

Speaking with the US PS Blog in the video below, studio head Tameem Antoniades and lead producer Alex Jones from Capcom seemed a bit surprised and a bit worried over being given such an iconic franchise to play around with.

“It’s terrifying when you’re giving something as well known as DMC, and they say: ‘We want to take this in a new direction and really go for it’,” said Antoniades. “So, we were exploring different ideas for it and they were like ‘No. Really go for it’.

“I don’t think we are going to win over the hardcore until we’ve got something they can put in their hands. We know the full story of the game. It’s not a total departure. It will fit in with most of what we know of it.”

As far as redesigning Dante was concerned, Alex Jones, said he wanted to make Dante a bit more harder than the handsome fella seen in the previous titles.

“My thoughts were, we’re going to make him less over-the-top fashionista, and more harder-edged,” he said. “So, that was our first thought. My thoughts were, ‘They’re gonna let us do DMC? That’s amazing.’ Then my second thought was that we were gonna toughen him up a little bit.

“You can’t keep things familiar yet totally different at the same time, but what you can do, is keep what is essentially recognizable about the title. So, with Dante, a long jacket is part of the character, and part of the character’s silhouette. You don’t want to change that.”

The development team also decided to that while keeping what was “essentially recognizable”, it would also add in an updated level design, and some more mechanics that were not just combat-based to give more depth and feel to the gameplay.

But as far as the uproar over the change in Dante’s looks is concerned, the team is well aware of the outcry and is planning to win the naysayers over.

“People are very passionate about a character that has become anicon, so they have very strong feelings of what they think that character should be,” said Jones. “The first time you encounter something new, well, change is scary, and we understand that.

“It’s not an unanticipated response. We have however long we’re developing the title to win these guys over, so the good thing is they’re talking about it so that gives us the opportunity to change their minds.”

Watch the video below. No date yet, but it will hit PS3 and 360.



  1. onlineatron

    I enjoy the new look and I respect Ninja Theory… But he isn’t ‘harder and less fashionista’… he looks trendy as fuck.

    #1 4 years ago
  2. Mike W

    To be honest I was fucking furious with Nintendo when the introduce the cel-shaded Link in Wind Waker. However, that game turned out to be one of the greatest Zelda titles to this date.

    I’m not quite fond of Dante’s new look, but I’m a huge DMC fan, so I can’t wait to see what they have in store for us. I hope they use a brand new engine for this game.

    #2 4 years ago
  3. YoungZer0

    Trendy as fuck? =D He rather looks like someone who doesn’t care about his looks.

    #3 4 years ago
  4. onlineatron


    It’s effortless cool… aka ‘Trendy as fuck’.

    (is fuck trendy? fuck if I know… fuck – MAFIA II BEAT).

    #4 4 years ago
  5. Dralen

    He just looks lanky, he doesn’t look harder. Dante looked hard as he was, because he was well built.

    #5 4 years ago
  6. osric90

    So how are they going to explain his hair turning white? I’m curious. He quits smoking later thought, that’s good. Anyway I trust Japan 100% more than these fellows.

    #6 4 years ago
  7. Michael O’Connor

    @6 I don’t recall where, but I remember it being mentioned that we’d see Dante pick up elements of his old design throughout the game, such as the sword, and presumably one would think the white hair as well.

    Everyone knows I love the new design, so I’m not even going to get into that topic again. Can’t wait for this.

    #7 4 years ago
  8. manamana

    He will marry, have five kids, get kicked out the job, become alcoholic, smokes again, will get devorced and in the end he has white hair. Simple as that.

    #8 4 years ago
  9. freedoms_stain

    What I find interesting is that the trailer we’ve seen shows the Sparda sword transforming, Dante doesn’t unlock its abilities to do that until he merges his and Vergils halves of the amulet in the 1st game, so it’ll be interesting to see how they’re going to explain that, or if it’s an oversight,

    #9 4 years ago
  10. GitForceGemini

    I’d be surprised if you weren’t able to unlock the original Dante as a costume.

    #10 4 years ago
  11. Dralen

    Some of you are assuming they are going to follow the original devil may cry story, which they obviously are not. Which sucks.

    #11 4 years ago
  12. freedoms_stain

    @11 “We know the full story of the game. It’s not a total departure.”

    They’re obviously keeping at least some of it.

    #12 4 years ago
  13. Dralen

    I doubt it, the character has changed too much. This is all damage control in my opinion.

    #13 4 years ago
  14. Michael O’Connor

    @13 You know this… how?

    This is a character younger than he was in DmC3. You don’t know how he got to this point or his life before that game. Saying he’s “changed too much” when you don’t even know the circumstances that changed him is a logical fallacy.

    #14 4 years ago
  15. Kuwabara

    hopefully ill get over his character model, because i saw a guy like him in a porn movie recently, split image…

    #15 4 years ago
  16. Lord Gremlin

    So, they made him gay? Bah, that’s why I stopped buying Capcom games. Every single one has shit all over it.

    #16 4 years ago
  17. Dannybuoy

    @16 Nothing like a bit of homophobia to start the day eh?

    #17 4 years ago
  18. Lord Gremlin

    @17 Say what you will, but don’t you think this new look is a problem? They watched Twilight too much…

    #18 4 years ago
  19. AHA-Lambda

    @14 – its a reboot, its going to ignore mostly everything apart from some common themes. Hell dante had white hair as a child!

    #19 4 years ago
  20. Hunam

    He just looks like a malnourished cry baby to be honest.

    #20 4 years ago
  21. mattrobbo670

    its gonna be the same thing as infamous 2 i just think they should have multiple costumes which can play through the cut scenes

    #21 4 years ago
  22. Old MacDonald

    People take this stupid series far too seriously. Dante never looked cool, and he certainly doesn’t look cool now.

    #22 4 years ago
  23. Gekidami

    Why does he smoke? I thought Ninja Theory understood that things which were cool in the past arent cool anymore. Smoking is the very definition of something which isnt cool anymore.

    #23 4 years ago
  24. KrazyKraut

    Yo…you are goddamn right.
    Its not cool anymore since James Dean bit the grass.

    #24 4 years ago
  25. DaMan

    ‘stupid series’ hahaha. I can’t wait for someone to call Duke Nukem ‘stupid’ now.

    Dante did look cool in all of the past games.

    #25 4 years ago
  26. Dralen

    @ 14 He was like a teenager in Devil May Cry 3. How do you go from being a smoking emo hard-ass to being a teenager?

    “We know the full story of the game. It’s not a total departure. It will fit in with most of what we know of it.”

    This is them basically admitting it won’t follow on or be a prequel from the previous games, they are starting over.

    PS. I already said this is MY OPINION. I don’t KNOW anything. I’m just stating my feelings.

    #26 4 years ago
  27. LOLshock94

    yous are all fucking queers

    #27 4 years ago
  28. Neolucifer

    It was clearly shown he had the infamous white hair as a child , far younger than fake dante .

    His weapon has abilities they clearly did not have till some point

    I dunno why some insist with trying to believe it will somehow fit .

    It’s a reboot it will ignore whatever it wants , be it from the past or personality of the hero .

    Hell the serie itself didnt mind mostly ignoring the widely disliked dmc2 .

    #28 4 years ago
  29. stretch215

    Smoking will always be “cool” to those in their early teens. Maybe that’s their Target demographic?

    #29 4 years ago
  30. Erthazus

    @29 younger demographic enjoys GTA 4 much more.

    #30 4 years ago
  31. murder_hand

    No they can not do that, don’t we supposed to have a law against insulting to one of the celebrities it’s an insult on all the player on the face of the earth
    We should be bringing them to justice
    or just burn them and am sorry for my English it’s my secondary language

    #31 4 years ago
  32. Michael O’Connor

    @29 Smoking hasn’t been considered cool amongst teenagers since the 90s.

    #32 4 years ago
  33. stretch215

    @32 you are totally wrong. I wish you were right but you most certainly are not. My 13 year old sister(who is in my care) was suspended from school last year after being caught smoking in the bathroom. When my wife and I asked her why her response was that it’s cool and everybody her age smokes. And she wasn’t lying! I take it you don’t have much contact with teens because even if I didn’t know first hand it is quite obvious if you just look around.

    #33 4 years ago
  34. Isaaclarke37

    Why does the host & Tameem looks alot like the new Dante?
    Is that the new kind of fashion and style these days, when i saw the host i was like…Isn’t that the new Dante?

    We will see how NT will take the franchise.

    #34 4 years ago
  35. Matthew_Greg

    I dont understand why people think smoking is cool.

    #35 4 years ago
  36. Stephany Nunneley

    @35 Not even people who smoke think it’s cool. Fact.

    #36 4 years ago
  37. LordCancer

    its only cool when its a cigar cause you can get all kinky with sluts n shit!

    #37 4 years ago
  38. ianbenoir

    For that we need to make him thinner, and shorter and look like an emo hobo! yeah that will work!


    if you look at it as if was a completely new game the firt thing you’ll think is: that’s a ridiculous character!!

    #38 4 years ago

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