Capcom Recognized Fans Wanted Devil May Cry 5, so They Made It
At this year’s E3, after five years of silence about the DmC series (minus the leaks), Capcom took to the stage to finally announce that Devil May Cry 5 is coming. After the publisher’s attempt to revitalize the series with DmC: Devil May Cry in 2013 left many fans disappointed, Capcom has decided to focus on making the game that the fans have been waiting for and that’s exactly how Devil May Cry 5 was born.
In a recent interview with GamesIndustry, Capcom Europe COO Stuart Turner, as well as the marketing director Antoine Molant, discussed Devil May Cry 5 and how the project was born because it’s what fans wanted. While there may be questions about just how well the game will sell, Capcom suggests that they only have “modest” expectations for how they believe it will sell. Molant stated, “The last game was very good, but there were a few unhappy voices because it wasn’t a direct sequel and other things. Because of that, the dev team sat down and asked: ‘Where do we take that next?’ And it was known that the community wanted Devil May Cry 5 to be closer to 1, 2 and 3. And so the project was born.” He continued, “We can debate whether that genre has the same appeal as it used to… that’s hard to say. The project was born because of what the fans want.”
Turner chimed in saying, “It’s fair to say that we are very focused on the audience and the feedback that we get. We have seen some horrible stories in the media recently about publishers bending to the will of the internet. We wouldn’t advocate going that far. But certainly there is an element of fan service that runs throughout the company. DMC is an example of that. Fans weren’t happy, so therefore we went a different way. It’s part of giving back within the remit that we’re still a business, we still need it to sell. We want to give things to the fans, we want to support them, but it has to make sense. So we do it within reason. We don’t listen to the far extremes of the fanbase, shall we say.”
While the game is being made with the fans squarely in the minds of Capcom, and while they have mode expectations about sales, they are still hoping to turn a profit for the game, after all, they are a massive business. “This project would never have been greenlit if it didn’t make sense business-wise. We rarely have crazy forecasts on any of our games. DMC 5 will please a fanbase that is still quite big.”
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