Report: Devil May Cry V To Be Shown at E3 2018, PlayStation Exclusivity, Tons of Details Leaked

November 27, 2017Written by Chandler Wood

Devil May Cry 5

Rumors about Devil May Cry 5 have been swirling around for some time now, especially after Devil May Cry 4 was remastered for the current generation. It appears that a user over on ResetEra by the name of Son of Sparda may have the inside scoop on the next step in Dante’s journey. Keep in mind that all of these details are unconfirmed at this time. The ResetEra mods indicated that if the information turns out to be a hoax, the user will be permanently banned from ResetEra.

The OP [original poster] approached us asking to post this information on ResetEra and we found enough reason to allow it. We’d like to make it clear that this is not an endorsement. The staff cannot verify that all the contents of this leak are accurate. The OP has accepted full responsibility for posting this material and if it turns out to be a hoax they have agreed to take a permanent ban.

All Devil May Cry 5 details that follow are unconfirmed.

The game is said to be called Devil May Cry V, dropping the standard numbering for a roman numeral instead. It will see a release in late 2018 or early 2019, with a reveal to come at E3 2018 and a demo sometime before its release. The user reports that this will be the longest developed Devil May Cry game ever, with a three year development period by the time it releases. They also say that there is some form of PlayStation exclusivity, but whether it’s a full exclusive or just a timed exclusive is unknown.

The leak says that DMCV is “ambitious” for a DMC title, and has the longest cutscene run time of any DMC game. Much of the team working on Devil May Cry V is the same team that did Devil May Cry 1-4. The leak goes on to detail potential story and gameplay elements, including the return of Nero, better animations, and massive boss battles.

Here is all of the information being leaked regarding Devil May Cry 5, which again, I must stress is unconfirmed at this time.

  • Hideaki Itsuno’s secret project for Capcom is the sequel to the original Devil May Cry series, the 5th installment. Internally it appears to be called “Devil May Cry V” instead of using the standard numeric system of the previous games (think MGS1-4 to MGSV).

RELEASE DATE AND PRODUCTION 

  • The game is slated to release some time in the fiscal calendar year of 2019. That means sometime between April 2018 and March 2019. Original plan was to release it in November 2018 but the date MIGHT have been pushed back to early 2019.
  • Originally DMCV was intended to be announced at PSX but after receiving feedback on their E3 press conference, Sony decided to scale back on PSX and instead scale up E3 2018. DMCV was an unfortunate casualty of this choice and thus it’s unlikely that DMCV gets officially revealed in 2017.
  • There will be a demo for the game sometime before release.
  • Game has been in development for 2 years as of today. When it will release it will have been in development for 3 years at least. That is actually the highest time a DMC game has been in full production for. Pre-production started as early as 2015 around the time that DMC4SE finished releasing. There have been no development hiccups and as stated, the development has in fact been progressing smoothly.
  • There is some form of Playstation exclusivity involved. Sony is paying for some of the funding for the game but the extent of it is not known. Could be completely PS4 exclusive, console exclusive or timed exclusive. If the game is announced publicly then it will be at a Sony event, which is why many people thought that it was going to be at PSX.
  • Trailer has been ready for a while now. The initial trailer is 1 minute 50 seconds long (they may add new cuts to trailer to make an extended version since some time has passed from when it was made). It is mostly focused on story, characters and cutscenes. A city like setting is shown in the trailer not that different from Fortuna city in DMC4.
  • The overall game is supposed to be “ambitious” for a DMC title with a broader appeal.
  • Longest cutscene runtime of any DMC game yet.

DEVELOPMENT TEAM

  • Itsuno’s team that worked on previous DMC games and Dragon’s Dogma is working on DMCV.
  • Yuji Shimomura is returning as the cutscene director for DMCV. He worked on DMC3, DMC4 and Bayonetta cutscenes.
  • Rueben Langdon is reprising his role as Dante.
  • Johnny Young Bosch is reprising his role as Nero.
  • Dan Southworth is reprising his role as Vergil.
  • No word on the actresses who played Trish and Lady if they will be returning,
  • Onyay Pheori is helping with the soundtrack (she did the song for DMC4SE’s launch trailer).

CHARACTERS AND STORY (POTENTIALLY BIG SPOILERS!)

  • DMCV picks up the story after DMC4.
  • More than one playable character in the game, Dante is for sure playable and Nero is possibly playable as well. Up to 3 playable characters have been suggested for now.
  • This is the most serious Dante has been (a “new side” of Dante), of course not counting DMC2. Dante still plays with his enemies and has his usual over the top flair but this game is going to be more personal for him.
  • A third character is expected to be playable as well. Said to be “very powerful.” May or may not be brand new to the series.
  • No word on whether Vergil is playable or not, he will be returning although specifics on how he is returning from his death in DMC1 are unknown.
  • Trish has a prominent role to play in DMCV but no word on whether she is playable or not.
  • There will be a sequence where Nero and Vergil have a confrontation, confirming their relationship (Nero is in fact Vergil’s son as stated in the DMC3142 artbook).
  • Characters switch during key story points in the game.
  • The “Prince of Darkness” is featured as the main antagonist of the story. (Prince of Darkness title normally refers to Mundus so it might indicate his return but that title may have transferred to another character)
  • DMCV might be the end of the “sons of Sparda” storyline.

GAME PLAY/SYSTEMS 

  • Hard lock on is standard.
  • Console is targeted for 60 frames per second like the previous DMC games.
  • Level design is more open than previous DMC games but not going into Souls or open world territory of level design. Movement outside of combat has been streamlined to match the open nature of the game. The structure is more open to make the experience more “smooth.” Immersion is important to the team with this game.
  • Level design and exploration is more similar to Bayonetta with action set pieces thrown in there but without the QTEs. QTEs in general do not exist in DMCV thus far.
  • There is NO Stamina bar.
  • This is not a Musou game but there will be encounters where you are facing more enemies than you are used to in a DMC game.
  • There is some online integration but definitely no multiplayer PvP.
  • Dodge system is reworked and dodging in general is supposed to be a lot smoother than before (get ready to hear the word “smooth” a lot when related to DMCV).
  • Camera pulls back during big fights. The devs are really proud of the new, more dynamic camera system.
  • Animations are being improved to be less stiff. Big emphasis on cloth physics (maybe Dante’s sword might not clip through his jacket now!). Battles are beautifully animated and smooth.
  • Mission and Ranking system similar to previous DMC games and Bayonetta. There will definitely be mission/chapter selects.
  • Bosses being ramped up dramatically in DMCV. One of the boss fights moves between multiple areas of the game.
  • Style system is in for Dante – Enemies will react a bit differently to each style.
  • Style system has been streamlined to be smoother to use for the players (speculated that the style system might be tuned/reworked to make it easier to get into than in DMC4).
  • Certain styles will have advantages on certain enemies similar to DmC/DMC3 (you can use a single style on any enemy just fine).
  • More environment interactivity than any previous DMC game. This is supposed to compliment the combat system, not detract from it.
  • There is some form of dynamic environment destruction/transformation in play but not on the scale of DmC thus far.
  • While this is not an open world game, some inspirations have been taken from Dragon’s Dogma.

Are excited for the possibility of Devil May Cry 5? Which of these details do you hope are true, and which ones do you not want to happen? While these details are as of yet unconfirmed, we’ll be keeping our ears to the ground to update you on any additional Devil May Cry 5 news.

[Source: ResetEra]