Not too long ago, we brainstormed a list of gaming franchises that were in dire need of a comeback – and among that list was the hack ‘n slash favourite Devil May Cry. After five successful games across PS2 and PS3 era, with the most recent being a divisively received reboot, it seemed as though everyone’s favourite demon-hunter Dante was destined to sit on a development shelf somewhere and never see the light of day again.
Luckily for us, Capcom showed the following trailer at E3, finally confirming that we will shortly return to the DMC universe, and what’s more, we’ll be seeing fan-favourite Dante once again, and perhaps his twin brother Vergil, too.
For the purposes of this article, the DmC reboot game won’t be taken into consideration, since it seems like that reboot hasn’t been referenced or alluded to whatsoever – but we will be returning to the previous universe spanning Devil May Cry 1 to 4.
The first thing to note is the assumed chronological order of the Devil May Cry games within the contained universe:
- Devil May Cry 3
- Devil May Cry
- Devil May Cry 4
- Devil May Cry 2
Fans who have played DMC 4 already will recognise the protagonist Nero as being the same protagonist in the new trailer. Only minus his Devil Bringer arm – which was rather unceremoniously taken by a hooded figure and replaced with a robotic alternative.
Mysterious demonic presences that need to be taken care of aside, we also see Dante at the end of the trailer riding on the bike that he had at the end of DMC2, which strongly suggests that chronologically DMC5 will be the most recent in the time line.
Any further than this is pure speculation, but fans seem to be guessing that the hooded figure that took Nero’s arm is none other than Vergil, Dante’s twin brother. In a Devil May Cry, novel it was heavily suggested that Vergil is somehow related to Nero, but whether Vergil was his father isn’t specifically mentioned. Why would Vergil lop off and take Nero’s arm? That’s anyone’s guess! But, considering Vergil’s series-long obsession with becoming as powerful as possible, where no cost is too great, the Devil Bringer arm might just be another piece in his crazy puzzle to achieve that.
Luckily, Devil May Cry 5 is slated for release before April 2019, so we won’t have to wait too long to see the mystery unraveled. If the trailer is anything to go by, we’re going to see more stylish hack ‘n slash action, a lot of cheesy dialog, and probably some of the best boss fights around!
If you’ve played the previous games, what do you think the likelihood is that the hooded man is indeed Vergil, and what role does he play in the grander scheme? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter!