When the revamped Dante for Ninja Theory's DMC – a Devil May Cry reboot – was unveiled, the fans sorta lost it.
They just didn't like the younger, heroine-addict-looking hero, who seemed more like a bratty, cocky punk than a cool, confident bad-ass. This resulted in quite the backlash, perhaps culminating in Ninja Theory developers receiving death threats…which is way beyond the limits of a rational protest.
But the studio first reminded everyone that it had been Capcom's idea to remake the popular hero for a Western audience, and the publisher approved the developer's new design. Ninja Theory also kept telling fans to "wait until they play it," or at least see some gameplay. And now that we've seen lots of footage, the bitterness seems to have abated and the majority are more excited than annoyed.
In speaking to VG24/7 , Capcom US producer Alex Jones talked about the fans calming down:
Yeah, now it’s fine, but I could have done without having to fear for my life [laughs]. There was always going to be people who saw new Dante and who didn’t want it, and that’s fine. We understand – I understand – that people are passionate about it, so this isn’t a bad thing.
Being angry about it – yeah I get that – but we always said, ‘when you see the game and you play it, trust me, you’re going to understand that we were doing the right thing’. Now that’s happening, so yeah it’s vindication, but it’s not like smugly sitting back and going ‘ha ha’.
It’s more like, ‘We understand why you guys had doubts, and we knew that we had to prove this to you, and we were happy to do it.’ That was our responsibility."
Yeah, I didn't like Dante's new look, either, but the gameplay does appear to be downright awesome. And in the end, isn't that what our gaming entertainment is all about?
Related Game(s): DMC