Ninja Theory co-founder Tameem Antoniade has reiterated that Capcom wanted the team to create something different for Devil May Cry, going as far as to tell the studio if it wanted the same old thing, ot wouldn’t have handed over the project.
Speaking with PSM3, Antoniade said originally, the team’s concept was very close to the original series, but Capcom shook its head at what NT came up with.
“Original concepts were very close to the original DMC, taking mixtures of the previous four games and creating a new interpretation,” Antoniade explained. “Capcom said something which they’ve said to us often, which is: ‘If it was going to be the same as the old DMC, why would we give this project to you guys? The reason is to surprise us, to come up with a reinvention. To create something we couldn’t have conceived in Japan.'”
Furthermore any Internet accusations of him asking the designers to make the new Dante look like him are ridiculous.
“What can I say? He’s a decade and a half younger than me, way better looking… The only thing he’s got is black hair. And he’s male,” he said.
“I didn’t design the character. I didn’t go to our designers and say, ‘I think it’s a really good idea if we make the new Dante look like me, because I want to be in the game.’ They’d laugh at me. They’d throw me out the window.”