Capcom has already shown off a lot of Nero and his new arm in previous trailers/demos of Devil May Cry 5. Outside of one shot of a rather old cranky grandpa version of Dante on a bike, though, the series’ most iconic character had to show up. To be honest, I assumed Nero was the only playable character this time around.
Color me happily surprised. TGS 2018 brought us a new trailer and it had all kinds of Dante. Nero shows up, too, I guess. Ah, who am I kidding, his parts were just as hype.
For those who played Devil May Cry 4, the contrast between Nero and Dante looks very familiar. Where Nero’s gameplay focuses on his new arm and all the crazy things it can do, Dante still has his multiple styles. He has his old combos. His awesome fire gauntlets make a return appearance. Devil Trigger looks as cool as ever. And of course, you can’t forget Ebony and Ivory, his trusty sidearms. By the way, those are motorcycles. Dante dual-wields motorcycles as weapons in this trailer.
Trish and Lady also make an appearance, and in a surprising twist, they appear to be on screen with Dante while he lays waste to demons. Will they help? Will they be playable? Rumors are currently flying about a potential 3-player co-op, which would be a first for the series. I can’t help but feel a little bit iffy about the idea. Action-game coop isn’t exactly weird, but it would be a drastic departure for the series. I question how it would affect the traditional style of the game.
Whatever the case, it’s not nearly enough to kill my enthusiasm or even dampen it. Devil May Cry 5 looks absolutely incredible. It hits game stores on March 8th, 2019, for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Between this and Resident Evil 2, Capcom has one hell of a start to the new year.