I’ve been a huge Batman fan since I could remember my name, umpteen years, and have seen the franchise shoot straight to the top and spiral down to the ground like an ailing, depressed bird. The latter was the case when it was revealed that Christopher Nolan would be directing what was then the latest Batman film: Batman Returns, and like any true fan who wants only the best for the franchise, I was concerned.
Would he be able to send that ailing bird shooting into the sky again, or would my beloved franchise kick the bucket? We all know now how that went, and Batman once again rules the box office. From Batman: Returns, to the stunning epic that’s Batman: The Dark Knight, the franchise has seen a healthy rebirth, one that’s cultivated new fans, and kept long time die hards hooked.
Here’s the million dollar question: Can Ninja Theory do the same for the fading Devil May Cry franchise?
Speaking in a recent interview with the US PS Blog, Alex Jones, lead producer for the Devil May Cry reboot said he was first amazed when he heard Capcom was allowing them (Ninja Theory) to develop the game. But once that was settled in his mind, the next thing was to make Dante “less over-the-tip fashionista, and more harder edged. “Toughen him up a little bit.”
See, that’s the thing. I’m not sure if the Dante’ we’ve seen in the TGS trailer’s tougher in anyway. To me, he looks more…contemporary? I’m not sure what he looks like, but definitely not “tougher”.
Tameem Antioniades, the game’s creative director’s a bit more careful, admitting “it’s terrifying when you’re given something as well known as DMC and say we want to take this in a new direction,” he said. Especially when [Capcom] says “really, go for it”.
So what’s Ninja Theory’s strategy on revamping the game and at the same time keep long time fans plugged in? It’s all about “keeping what’s essential about the title.”
This is no easy task, but can the studio handle it? I’m sure they can, Heavenly Sword was, and still is an awesome game, it’s highly praised and similar to DMC in many ways.
Honestly, what I’ve seen thus far hasn’t impressed me much, but then again, that’s the same attitude I held back when Batman: Returns was announced.
Prove me wrong, please, Ninja Theory.