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Devil May Cry 5: Why The Chances Are High For An E3 2017 Appearance

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Source: Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition trailer video

Capcom’s Devil May Cry 5 hasn’t been confirmed yet but many fans are expecting to see it at E3 2017. A few hints from PlayStation executives and Capcom’s announcements make a Devil May Cry 5 appearance likely in the upcoming event. Here’s why Devil May Cry 5 will  likely show up at this year’s E3.

Year For Japanese Games

Sony America CEO Shawn Layden told TIME in an interview that Japanese developers will make a comeback. He even teased some major announcements from Japanese developers at E3.

“I think a lot of Japanese developers lost their way chasing the mobile games yen, if you will, but they’re coming back to console in a major way,” Layden said. “And speaking of, we’ll have some big announcements at E3 in that precise vein.”

As seen on Capcom Mobile’s site, the company has definitely dabbled on mobile game titles. Capcom even has a Monster Hunter mobage that’s currently Japan-exclusive. Capcom didn’t leave the console industry, but they did release fewer memorable titles. It was only recently that they pushed more of their stronger series’ continuations.

Among those console releases are the Devil May Cry 4 Special Edition and DmC Definitive Edition, which both released last 2015. While both had new new content but is still a remaster of an old game. Capcom has yet to move the Devil May Cry series beyond remasters after Devil May Cry 4 and the Ninja Theory DmC reboot. Capcom USA will be an exhibitor in E3 2017, which definitely gives Devil May Cry 5 a chance to appear.

Committed To Reviving “Old” Series

The Marvel vs Capcom Infinite press release mentioned that the company will revive their IPs that have become dormant. Marvel vs Capcom Infinite is an example of a dormant IP being revived. Before Infinite, the Marvel vs Capcom series was last seen in 2011 with Ultimate Marvel vs Capcom 3. Infinite will be released this coming September.

The Devil May Cry series fits the bill as a dormant IP as the latest games in the series are remasters. The series has been considered “hard to continue” by many fans as the series creator, Hideki Kamiya, no longer works at Capcom. Meanwhile, DmC developer Ninja Theory is currently working on Hellblade: Sensua’s Sacrifice.

Devil May Cry 5’s director problem could be solved as Capcom’s Hideaki Itsuno has confirmed to be working on a new game. Itsuno has previously worked on older Devil May Cry series and directed the the original and remastered Devil May Cry 4. He also worked on a slew of other Capcom titles like Dead Rising, Monster Hunter, and Street Fighter. Since those three games already have recent titles, it might be time for Itsuno to work on Devil May Cry 5.

E3 Appearance

Capcom seems to have enough existing and upcoming games to talk about at E3. There’s more new content for Street Fighter 5, an unreleased free DLC for Resident Evil 7, and an unannounced western release for Monster Hunter XX. Even though Devil May Cry 5 has a chance, it all depends on Capcom if they’re going to show any teases for it at E3. At best, fans can only hope that Capcom confirms its existence. Stay updated for more  Devil May Cry 5 news here on The Bitbag.

Also read: Devil May Cry 5: What It Can Learn From NieR Automata

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