Devil May Cry and Dragon’s Dogma director, Hideaki Itsuno, tweeted a teasing message on January 1st, 2018. The tweet contained an apology for his game not being shown in 2017 and confirmed its production status which largely remains a mystery for the time being.
The first mention of Itsuno’s new title came in 2015 and has since been speculated to be either Dragon’s Dogma 2 or Devil May Cry 5. There’s still no confirmation, nor any information for the title other than the fact that it exists and is currently in the works.
Happy new year!
I am sorry that I can not present a new project last year. The development of the project is now under climax. I am making a great game so please expect it.
— Hideaki Itsuno (@tomqe) December 31, 2017
The state of secrecy didn’t deter fans from surmising that it is, in fact, Devil May Cry 5 and the recent announcement of a Devil May Cry HD collection further fueled the rumor mill.
Unconfirmed leaks were also posted on resetera.com, claiming that the game is “Devil May Cry V.” Opting to use the Roman Numeral “V” instead of the Arabic Numeral system which was used for the first four games.
According to the leak, Devil May Cry V will possibly be announced at E3 2018 with a release slated late 2018 to early 2019. The claim is that it got pushed back because Sony decided to tone down a little on PSX and take it up a notch at E3 2018. This coincides with Itsuno’s claim that the new game is nearing completion or in his words “under climax.” Possibly getting a late 2018 release.
The information further details that the game will not be a single character story, instead it will switch to other characters during key points. Something that’s new to the Devil May Cry franchise. Dante and Nero are supposedly returning for the fifth installment; with Vergil and Trish possibly making a re-appearance.
Devil May Cry V will supposedly be a continuation of Devil May Cry 4 and will feature a more serious Dante. A sharp contrast to his fun and childish personality from the previous games. A third character may also appear in the game, but there’s no mention of who it will be.
The antagonist was also named to be “Prince of Darkness” in the leak. A name that normally refers to Mundus who appears as an antagonist in both the first game and the 2013 reboot, though the leak also suggested that it may have transferred to a new character.
Of course, as previously mentioned, none of these information has been confirmed. Even if the progress confirmed by Itsuno’s tweet falls in line with the timeline provided in the leak, there’s no way of actually knowing if this is actual information or a hoax.
For those who are interested, the full leak can be found here.