ame Informer Magazine broke the first news on Devil May Cry 4 almost a year ago, and fans of the series are clamoring for any new information about the game. Unfortunately, even with E3 approaching, Producer Hiroyuki Kobayashi and the DMC team are remaining tight-lipped. However, we’re quite impatient, so we’ve managed to get a number of tidbits that you may not know about the game from Capcom and Kobayashi-san himself.
1. Dante is not just an unlockable character.
While Kobayashi-san has stated that Dante will be a playable character in Devil May Cry 4, Dante won’t be just an unlockable character after beating the game. “As the story unfolds, Dante will also be made available to play. He is not an unlockable bonus character, but is playable as part of the game’s storyline.”
2. Dante won’t be the only returning Devil May Cry character.
When we asked Kobayashi-san whether or not characters such as Trish or Lady will make appearances, he made it clear that there will be returning cast members. “I can’t reveal who, but there will be characters from the series appearing in the game.” Could that include Vergil, too? “That’s something you’ll have to play the game to find out!” says Kobayashi. It looks like fans interested in Vergil’s involvement (if any) won’t know anything for sure until DMC 4’s release.
3. Nero won’t be getting new weapons
Dante received new weaponry when defeating bosses in DMC3, but the same won’t hold true for Nero. “The focus on Nero won’t be on getting new weapons from bosses, but on powering up the Devil Bringer over the course of the game,” Kobayashi reveals. “The Devil Bringer will have many different abilities that can be used to attack enemies as well as to move around.”
4. The Devil Trigger could return
Although we haven’t seen Nero display any kind of Devil Trigger aptitude, the team hasn’t specifically stated that this feature won’t be in the game. A similar mechanic exists in Nero’s ability to rev up his sword, but Kobayashi tells us that “revving up the Red Queen is more like powering up attacks than a replacement for the Devil Trigger.”
5. DMC4 will be universally the same difficulty
It’s well known that Devil May Cry 3’s North American version was more difficult than its Japanese counterpart, but that won’t be the case with DMC 4. “Although I wasn’t directly involved with DMC3, from what I know, they made the game more difficult to respond to North American demand for a difficult game,” Kobayashi says. “With DMC4, we plan to keep all of the versions consistent around the world.”
6. Devil May Cry 4 will be identical on PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360
Kobayashi explains that “there won’t be any differences between the Xbox 360 or PS3 versions.” This is interesting, since Devil May Cry 4’s development was originally focused on the PlayStation 3. Though identical in terms of gameplay, the two iterations will probably differ in the form of online rewards like 360 Achievements and PS3 Trophies.
7. Sixaxis Am Cry
“There are currently no plans to support the Sixaxis controller” Kobayashi states.
8. No online multiplayer
Kobayashi admits that “We don’t currently have any plans for online multiplayer options in DMC 4.” Online, eh? Does that mean local multiplayer is still a possibility? After all, there was a brief boss battle in DMC 3 when the two sons of Sparda could team up, with a second player controlling Vergil.
9. No New Devil May Cry Demo At E3
With the team focusing on releasing Devil May Cry 4, there won’t be a new Devil May Cry 4 demo at E3. However, don’t count out something new for the Tokyo Game Show. The same demo we played at the Capcom Gamers Day will make another appearance. Maybe now we'll be able to beat that pesky boss.