It’s no secret that the fan response to Ninja Theory’s DmC: Devil May Cry wasn’t very kind, with many feeling that they took the series in the wrong direction. This is why the announcement that Capcom would be taking back the reigns and developing Devil May Cry 5 was met with such a positive response. However, the director is actually very fond of Ninja Theory’s game.
Capcom producer Matt Walker recently did an interview with VG247, where the topic of DmC: Devil May Cry game up. He said the following:
“[Devil May Cry 5] is definitely a game for the fans – we’ve heard fans asking for a sequel to the storyline of DMC4 for over ten years, but this isn’t a slight at Ninja Theory or DmC at all. We all love DmC. [DMC5 director Hideaki Itsuno] has explicitly stated that in his mind, DmC is just as important as any of the other titles in the series, and he’s just as proud of it.
We learned a lot from working with Ninja Theory on that title, and we hope that they benefited in some way as well. Itsuno-san has stressed several times in conversations with me that he’s taken what he’s learned from working on DmC and applied what he’s learned specifically to what we’ve done on DMC5.”
However, he goes on to reaffirm that the next game will be taking an approach that’s closer to the other games in the series. The game is set to launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC in 2019.