Devil May Cry creator misses old Dante, says 'whatever' to new game

Despite two days of rather amazing news, nothing else from the Tokyo Game Show has surpassed the vocal response to the latest Devil May Cry, now developed by Ninja Theory. We posted our thoughts yesterday on the game's trailer (awesome) and Dante's emaciated new look (not as awesome), but we sure didn't expect the series' original mastermind to weigh in so soon and so matter-of-factly.

Above: 2001 Dante, meet 2010 Dante

Hideki Kamiya, director of the original DMC and this year's Bayonetta, had these responses to fan messages on Twitter (re-arranged to make sense to those who aren't familiar with Twitter's nearly impenetrable RT@#DERP nonsense)

Solivagant: "Do you think [Ninja Theory] will evolve the action game from your Bayonetta standard?"
Kamiya: "Whatever."

nss_13_: "I miss the Dante you made."
Kamiya: "I miss him, too..."

It should be noted that Kamiya, who is presently with Platinum Games, is now competing against Capcom for action game dollars, so that could also affect his perception of Ninja Theory's take on a character he helped define. It's also worth pointing out that his "whatever" could be more of a deflection, a desire to avoid an ongoing back-and-forth about a game he's not working on than a "psshh, whatever, their game ain't nothin.'"

Obviously tempers are still high, but c'mon guys... surely we can wait until we PLAY the game before dumping gallons of putrid hate on it, right? Haha kidding this game sucks. #fact

Source: The Silent Chief




  • elizaa-jacobs - September 15, 2013 3:27 a.m.

    This video game is really entertaining. Every time I play it, I feel real excited for it. The character of Dante is iconic & is full of action. The storyline is great! A son of a demon going against weird devilish creatures. It's fabulous!!! Also, the coat Dante wears in Devil May Cry 5 is purely awesome. I'm loving it, all loving it!!! Cheers
  • truffles-tuber - January 20, 2013 6:20 a.m.

    Kamiya go to your room and wait til you father gets home!! Think about what you have done, young man. I need to leave a comment .lolz jk jk. I love DMC. But I don't like this. I don't like ninja theory view of their consumers. They are a bunch of D**ks. Make no mistake, don't believe me read the interviews. Now on this DMC note, and those who support this new Dante. Please, a lot of the fans really are scared of change, but there are fans out there like me. I would've taken time to buy this game and try it out , if it were it's own title. It's look pretty descent. I won't lie. But for the simple fact that they have the DMC title and changed it so much is the reason why I won't. I know what I like, and I know how I like it. When I buy a devil may cry game. I know what I'm buying and why I love it. And it is not for this new version. Yes, change can be scary to some people, but if you look at the history of DMC it's has always been changing and evolving. When this game was first created there was no intention of having and actual story plot. It was just an awesome button masher. But because it became so popular they said "Oh Sh*t" and rode the hell out of that cash pony. Not all of DMC are mindless fans. Some of us are very insightful. It's good that there are some of you that wish to try this new devil may cry out, and...[should I say older (I don't know) ] call you flaky or traitors. I do not. I like to stand my ground and refuse this game, no one influences my mind but me. I actually take time to do research. And I admire others who do the same, whether it's on the same side as me or the opposite. Kudos To other DMC fans who are on my side. You shouldn't be angry with Ninja Theory, it was pretty obvious how they would taken this approach. Nothing of what they do or how they think is new. That's why you should be pissed off at Hideki Kamiya. Because he knowingly sold the devil may cry franchise over to D**ks. you can't blame a D**k for doing what comes naturally. It's in their nature. You should look for the greedy culprit, that may now be regretting his actions.
  • Slayer232 - September 19, 2010 7:49 a.m.

    the new Dante look sucks he looks like a wimp sick with a hundred diseases.
  • axelgarcia1 - September 18, 2010 5:12 p.m.

    i thought we would see a steroid driven Dante ina strip club... this is more japanese influenced than the older one, wtf -.-
  • elpurplemonkey - September 18, 2010 8:24 p.m.

    The thing is- that's a really bad picture. When you see the trailer and how young-Dante looks in it, then it's not that bad. But then again, I don't really have an attachment to that character.
  • Darkshine34 - September 17, 2010 8:14 p.m.

    this is such bs. he looks like an emo fag now
  • HitmanSB07 - September 17, 2010 8:04 p.m.

    Looks like that guy off of MTV Bangs...but not a prick. He looks pretty good but he'll probably get changed like Cole if people keep complaining this much.
  • Alomeigne - September 17, 2010 7:49 p.m.

    I don't like it, but i don't hate it. I'll really have to play the game and hear his voice/dialogue before I could call him a whiny emo >.>. Odds are he's just as overconfident as ever XD.
  • CoryRX8 - September 17, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    Capcom seems to be big on random changes in established characters these days. Blonde Jill Valentine? Emaciated, brown-haired Dante? Wife-arm Bionic Commando? What's next? My guess is either Mega Man wearing black, rusted armor with eye shadow around his eyes in Mega Man 11, or angsty ninja Ryu in Street Fighter V.
  • 04whim - September 17, 2010 5:09 p.m.

    @everyone saying we're pissed because we're afraid of change. Did it ever occur to you that maybe we actually prefer the old one? Honestly, how stuck up are you people? Different people have different opinions "FACT"" The game looks good, the new "Dante" doesn't.
  • Utawarerumono - September 17, 2010 3:19 p.m.

    @iSuperNovaX2X: it's not the gameplay we're talking about here. When I said to look up emo I didn't mean for an image, I meant look up it's description, the new design fits it perfectly. @JamesT: wow, just... wow
  • JamesT - September 17, 2010 2:47 p.m.

    "The only reason that so many people are pissed off over his image change is that he no longer resembles an angst ridden, pre-teen, anime fan boy. FACT" "no longer" Lol what. The fact is that he's designed this way... because the designer of the new project has an ego so big he would slap his face on an established character. We're talking 12 year old girl twilight fan fiction here territory here. It really is extremely sad and pathetic.
  • iSuperNovaX2X - September 17, 2010 2:34 p.m.

    Since when did the characters looks have anything to do with how a game plays? They've changed Dante's appearance, deal with it. As long as it still plays like the original games there's nothing to complain about. And google Emo, you won't find anyone that looks like this...
  • DeepIsh - September 17, 2010 2:17 p.m.

    Seriously he looks like some Twilight character... I hate this Dante. He went from badass to... to... I can't even word it. 4 Games, all were loved as they were. They don't have to go and try to "appeal to western players." Also I'm pretty sure Kamiya's "Whatever" stands for "they can suck mine."
  • Utawarerumono - September 17, 2010 12:12 p.m.

    I think Clovin64 hit the nail on the head. Now, to @everyone who says the actual Dante looks more emo than the new one; I get the feeling you either don't know what emo means. Look it up, and you will find the new "Dante" embodies it.
  • Clovin64 - September 17, 2010 9:38 a.m.

    Kamiya certainly loves the REAL Dante. I don't care how unlikley this sounds, but I really do wish that DMC series was handed over to Kamiya and Platinum games. Bayonetta is so much better than Heavenly Sword that its actually embarrasing to compare the two. Of course, because of Bayonetta, DMC is now a rival franchise to Kamiya, so its safe to say that Kamiya will never get DMC back. A lot of people are saying that the new game is promising because its a "change". To totally nick a phrase from Red Dead Redemption, change is only good if its for the better. This new game does not look like its for the better. It looks worse. I don't have a problem with change in general. I would be all for a new "changed" DMC as long as I felt that the changes were going to improve the franchise rather than shit all over it. Thats just my cynical opinion anyway.
  • suicidalpigeon - September 17, 2010 8:41 a.m.

    another good game fucked up.......
  • JakeyBaby - September 17, 2010 7:57 a.m.

    It's good. I lost faith in the DMC series after the abysmal 4. They were clearly trying to replace Dante back then anyway, but were unsure about it so had him in anyway. This is a ballsy move yes, but to me it shows "change" and that's something the series really needed. If I saw the old Dante, I wouldn't have given a shit and ignored it. This has given me a glimmer of hope for the game. I trust Ninja Theory. It's Capcom I can't trust. Not with any of their games. *cough cough, Resi 5, cough*
  • DreamWeaverPL - September 17, 2010 7:43 a.m.

    DEAL WITH IT. Anyone that prefers the original Dante is a closet homo. Especially Kamiya. HATERS GONNA HATE Listen to user JohnnyMaverik. He speaks truth.
  • Felixthecat - September 17, 2010 7:02 a.m.

    Lol @ all the homophobes across the internet and people who think Team Ninja are the people who have supposedly "ruined" DMC. Also lol at the fact that people are obviously scared of change.

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