Written by Cristian Stanic
Voice actor and mocap artist Johnny Yong Bosch is making the convention rounds this year, and it has ignited new rumours of Devil May Cry 5.
It’s been nine years since we’ve had a true instalment in the DMC franchise, not counting the Ninja Theory reboot. There is actually a strong case for a DMC announcement coming up before the year is over though, so here’s everything we know so far about Devil May Cry 5.
- ITSUNO IS READING OUR FAN LETTERS
First of all, there’s our most recent concrete source of info from Hideaki Itsuno; the Devil May Cry graphic arts book. It came out in 2015, and in the foreword, by Itsuno it says, “I eagerly await your requests for future sequels!” In one of the interviews in the book, he also states, “I’d love to work on a sequel to DMC as well as a sequel to the original series – one starring Dante and Nero. If those are things that people want to see, please let it be known however you can. Nothing would make me happier.”
He’s reading the fan mail, and he knows we’re asking for it. This may not be much, but it’s a start, and at the very least, it’s nice to know that developers are listening to their fans. It’s much better to have loose confirmation of something than to hear absolutely nothing from some faceless corporation.
- CAPCOM MAY BE GAUGING INTEREST FOR A NEW DMC GAME
Is it a coincidence that two years ago, Capcom released two updated Devil May Cry ports for current generation consoles? Maybe. BUT MAYBE, if you’re like us, and you’re obsessively combing every press release and games conference for even the slightest hint of DMC5, maybe it means that they’re checking out if market interest in the franchise is still there.
Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition released for PC and PS4 in 2015 with upgraded graphics, new characters, more difficulty levels, a Turbo Mode, and four new cutscenes. Not a substantial amount of content. A low-risk investment to gauge interest? The big D, little m, big C DmC Definitive Edition released in 2015 as well, a few months earlier than DMC4 SE, also with upgraded graphics, 60fps, a Turbo Mode, and an actual lock on button (it’s a miracle). Neither of these updates feature a great deal of new content, but they did sell quite well, and they’re perfectly timed to engage consumer interest. Next year will be the 10th anniversary since DMC4 released; a prime opportunity to release DMC5.
- ITSUNO IS DEFINITELY WORKING ON SOMETHING
On June 18, Itsuno tweeted out, “Sorry to not announce anything at E3. Please wait as my project is progressing smoothly.” Itsuno tweeted out an identical message after the Tokyo Game Show. Now, of course, this isn’t substantial proof either, but it has confirmed he’s got something up his sleeve he’s eager to show us, and whatever it is is taking a hell of a long time.
Perhaps a clue for it can be found in this interview with DualShockers in 2013. Itsuno said, “In addition to that, I want to also make a miniature garden simulation, as well as make more games for (established) series such as Rival Schools 3 and Devil May Cry 5.” Even if the new game isn’t a new Devil May Cry (please let it be), we’re excited for what Itsuno has to bring to the current gaming landscape. We’re particularly excited for that mini garden simulator.
- REUBEN LANGDON AND JOHNNY YONG BOSCH ARE WORKING ON A GAME TOGETHER
Possibly the strongest bit of evidence yet appeared in March 2016. Johnny Yong Bosch tweeted out a photo of him and Reuben Langdon, in the mocap studio, wearing their mocap suits and face rigs.
He couldn’t say what he was working on, obviously, but it proves that the two of them are working hard on something together. Now, what project have Langdon and Bosch previously worked on together that involves motion capture… Oh yeah, DMC4! Even more incriminatingly, the tweet was deleted soon after. This can only mean that he is working on some FBI, CIA level super-secret stuff.
- SOMEONE ASKED JOHNNY YONG BOSCH ABOUT DMC5 AT A PANEL AND HE MADE WEIRD FACE
THIS is not the face of a man with a clear conscience. He is hiding something! He knows more than he’s letting on!
And hey, even if it’s not DMC5, fingers crossed for that sick gardening simulator. We’re keen.
Pic: Devil May Cry 4. Via Facebook