A Capcom spokesperson has commented that Ninja Theory’s DMC reboot will be “one of the greatest” Devil May Cry games, and lift the series from an 80-average to a “perfect” 90-average.
“Capcom are heavily involved in the development of all it’s IP being worked upon by outside parties,” the publisher’s European head of marketing said in a post on the game’s official forum.
“When searching for developers to work for Capcom look for companies who skills match up with our own. It’s a perfect marriage of talent and ideas.
“Ninja Theory [is] renowned for the quality of [its] production everything from motion capture, scripting, design and performance, areas perhaps that Capcom [has] been criticised [for] over the past few years? Capcom bring[s] to the table years of experience with design of fighting systems, characters and the little things that make Devil May Cry, well Devil May Cry.
“Combine all the best elements of Capcom and Ninja Theory you will have one of the greatest DMC titles ever created… and that people is what we’re working towards.”
Of the original series, the representative commented “Let’s be honest they were great games (averaging in the low 80’s on metacritic) but not perfect,” citing level design and loading times as flaws.
“We’re now aiming to make the perfect DMC game that gets 90’s.”
After commenting that many fans felt the series “lots its mojo” after Devil May Cry 4, the representative said “the most important thing” was to retain the series’s “core DNA” while retrieving its “fun, excitement and enjoyment”.
The representative responded with frustration to ongoing doubts about Ninja Theory’s capacities, pointing out Blue Castle’s success with Dead Rising 2 and Dimps’s contribution to Street Fighter IV, despite neither studio having a history within those genres.
“Working with a developer is a lot more than looking at their previous games,” he said. “But the skills that they have and what they can bring to the table and how our skills at Capcom can benefit them in our marriage. ”
“We haven’t handed over the family silver to some strangers,” he added later.
“We are working with Ninja Theory on this together. We believe that by going down this route we can breath new life into the franchise and make a game that sits above Devil May Cry 3 for this generation.
“I promise that the game is in very good hands of extremely talented developers both at Capcom and Ninja Theory.”
But even within the thread itself, Capcom seemed a but muddled as to how to deal with the extreme fan reaction, asking fans to both deeply analyse and not read too much into the single trailer seen so far.
“There are a lot of opinions, and people passing off rumours as ‘fact’ on what was a 90 second trailer,” the representative commented, seeming to suggest fans had taken the teaser too seriously, before later adding “We were surprised at the reaction its received, we’d hope that some fans might have gone to more depth to look a bit closer at things in the trailer”.