Posted by John on September 8, 2011

First Three Devil May Cry Games Likely Headed to 360 and PS3

We’re just over a month away from the 10-year anniversary of Devil May Cry’s debut in North America, and it looks as if Capcom will be celebrating by re-releasing the first three games for Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

The ESRB website listings for Devil May Cry, Devil May Cry 2, and Devil May Cry 3: Dante’s Awakening were all recently updated to add PS3 and 360 as their platforms (alongside PS2), reports G4. That’s all the information we have to go on, and it isn’t much; if the games are being re-released, as seems to be the case, it doesn’t indicate if they’re simply being ported to the newer consoles with higher resolutions or if they’ll feature any additional changes.

HD remakes of all three were rumored after a Spanish retailer posted an ad showing such a collection. It was titled the “10th Anniversary Collection” at the time and was dated for November 30, shortly after the first DMC’s 10-year anniversary (in North America) on October 17.

The first three DMC games were collected together once already in the 5th Anniversary Collection, released back in October 2006 on PlayStation 2 (and featuring suspiciously similar artwork to the 10th Anniversary ad). The fourth game was released on PS3, 360, and PC in 2008, and a new game is also in the works titled DmC: Devil May Cry.

The creative director on that new game told 1UP last year that he didn’t feel like what was cool in the original DMC was cool anymore, which is hardly what you want someone to be saying when you’re trying to sell that game again.

“The essence of Devil May Cry is all about ‘cool,’” said Ninja Theory’s Tameem Antoniades. “It’s about Dante being cool and making you feel cool when you’re playing it, and so the combat and the style system and everything is integral to that. But, you know, what was cool 12 years ago — I think that was when the first game came out [Editor's Note: he's a bit off, as the first title came out in 2001] — isn’t cool anymore. If Dante, dressed as he was, walked into any bar outside of Tokyo, he’d get laughed out. What Devil May Cry did when it launched was it brought everything that was great about action cinema like the fashion, music — it was like a cultural melting pot — and I feel like now, for Devil May Cry to have that same impact, it needs to draw on new things. New music, new ways of cinematography, new fashion.”

Another Capcom franchise, Resident Evil, celebrated an anniversary this year. It’s been 15 years since it first showed up in 1996, and two of the series’ games — RE4 and Code Veronica X — are being ported to PS3 and 360 as downloadable titles for $20 each. Those two games are about the same ages as DMC and DMC3, and while DMC may not be as big as Resident Evil, that probably means you shouldn’t expect this latest collection to only cost $20.

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