DEVIL MAY CRY V Director Hideaki Itsuno Was Ready To Leave Capcom After The Launch Of DMC

According to Reuben Langdon, the voice of Dante in Devil May Cry V, the game's Director Hideaki Itsuno was ready to leave Capcom after the launch of Ninja Theory's highly divisive DMC: Devil May Cry...

While many players fell in love with Ninja Theory's take on the Devil May Cry series from the get go, there's no denying that the 2013 slasher was a highly divisive title among gamers. While some appreciated the Cambridge-based studio's design choices and original world building, there were some who vocally criticized the "extra edgy" characterizations of Dante and his villainous brother, Vergil.

According to Reuben Langdon, who has been voicing Dante since 2005's Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening (he was replaced by Tim Phillipps in DMC and recently returned in Devil May Cry V), Director Hideaki Itsuno was not a fan of Capcom's decision to reboot the series and Ninja's output.

"He [Itsuno] was ready to leave Capcom, he wasn't happy," Langdon explained in an interview with Toy Bounty Hunters. "I think he put in his resignation and they said “Okay, wait. We know you’re a valuable guy, we don’t want you to leave, what can make you stay?" And he said “alright, I got my wish list,” and Devil May Cry [V] was the top of the list. He said “I’ll stay if you give me Devil May Cry and let me do it the way I want to do it, not the BS stuff you guys did before with the other thing.”

"Hats off to him for standing up and hats off for Capcom for going all out. They literally gave him everything he requested and wanted for this game, and it’s paying off," Langdon added.

Considering that Devil May Cry V is one of the best-reviewed video games of the year (currently sitting at a stylish 87% score on Metacritic), Capcom's willingness to ditch Ninja Theory's controversial ideas was definitely the right call. Be sure to check out the full interview with Langdon down below:

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