A little while ago, Capcom put concern and fear in the hearts of all Devil May Cry fans by saying the franchise needed a new "Western touch."
Capcom boss Keiji Inafune admits the popular series has fared well in Japan, but apparently hasn't hit sales expectations in North America and Europe. Hence, as just announced at TGS 2010, a new Devil May Cry – aforementioned touch included – is coming. One of the rumors did turn out to be true, as development is being handled by the UK-based Ninja Theory ( Heavenly Sword , Enslaved: Odyssey to the West ) and Capcom called the new effort a "re-imagining" of the franchise. This time, we'll get a young Dante in what amounts to a prequel; his hair hasn't gone silver yet, and he has what appears to be a new weapon that reminds us of Ivy from Soul Calibur (only darker). Here's the official trailer:
This fresh take on Dante and Co. – currently unnamed – is coming to the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, but we don't have an estimated release window just yet. But there's more. Capcom also unveiled a new IP entitled Asura's Wrath , in development at Japanese studio CyberConnect2. This one is about as nuts as it comes, with insanely fast-paced action, a clearly over-the-top premise, and a whole lot of patented Japanese action flair. It appears to be a massive brawler of some kind:
No release date for this one, either, but it's also coming to the PS3 and 360. So what think you of the announcements? It's clear that the new DMC does indeed have that "Western touch" but at least the action appears to be super cool, and it might be interesting to see the story behind how Dante became…well, older Dante.