Extensive Devil May Cry V details leak; Title, release window, story, and more

A few weeks ago, we learned via a leak that Capcom and Sony were gearing up to reveal the fifth Devil May Cry game at PlayStation Experience 2017. Sadly, those plans have changed and it seems that we will be waiting until E3 2018 to officially see the game.

But, that doesn’t mean we don’t have any information about the game. Over on the gaming forum ResetERA, the moderators vetted someone who claims to have extensive knowledge on the new Devil May Cry game and believed what they saw had some truth to it and allowed the user to post their info. There’s a lot of info for the game which is being referred to as Devil May Cry V. These details range from a release window of mid or late 2018 to early 2019, gameplay mechanics, setting, story details, and much more. The game also sounds like it may end up having some form of exclusivity on PlayStation 4 as Sony is funding the game in some capacity.

There’s a lot of information so we’ve cut out some potential spoilers for the game and also condensed it a bit.


  • The game is slated to release some time in the fiscal calendar year of 2019. That means sometime between April 2018 and March 2019. Original plan was to release it in November 2018 but the date MIGHT have been pushed back to early 2019.

  • Originally DMCV was intended to be announced at PSX but after receiving feedback on their E3 press conference, Sony decided to scale back on PSX and instead scale up E3 2018. DMCV was an unfortunate casualty of this choice and thus it’s unlikely that DMCV gets officially revealed in 2017.

  • There will be a demo for the game sometime before release.

  • Game has been in development for 2 years as of today. When it will release it will have been in development for 3 years at least. That is actually the highest time a DMC game has been in full production for. Pre-production started as early as 2015 around the time that DMC4SE finished releasing. There have been no development hiccups and as stated, the development has in fact been progressing smoothly.

  • There is some form of Playstation exclusivity involved. Sony is paying for some of the funding for the game but the extent of it is not known. Could be completely PS4 exclusive, console exclusive or timed exclusive. If the game is announced publicly then it will be at a Sony event, which is why many people thought that it was going to be at PSX.

  • Trailer has been ready for a while now. The initial trailer is 1 minute 50 seconds long (they may add new cuts to trailer to make an extended version since some time has passed from when it was made). It is mostly focused on story, characters and cutscenes. A city like setting is shown in the trailer not that different from Fortuna city in DMC4.

  • The overall game is supposed to be “ambitious” for a DMC title with a broader appeal.

  • Longest cutscene runtime of any DMC game yet.


  • DMCV picks up the story after DMC4.

  • More than one playable character in the game, Dante is for sure playable and Nero is possibly playable as well. Up to 3 playable characters have been suggested for now.

  • This is the most serious Dante has been (a “new side” of Dante), of course not counting DMC2. Dante still plays with his enemies and has his usual over the top flair but this game is going to be more personal for him.

  • A third character is expected to be playable as well. Said to be “very powerful.” May or may not be brand new to the series.


  • Hard lock on is standard.

  • Console is targeted for 60 frames per second like the previous DMC games.

  • Level design is more open than previous DMC games but not going into Souls or open world territory of level design. Movement outside of combat has been streamlined to match the open nature of the game. The structure is more open to make the experience more “smooth.” Immersion is important to the team with this game.

  • Level design and exploration is more similar to Bayonetta with action set pieces thrown in there but without the QTEs. QTEs in general do not exist in DMCV thus far.

  • There is NO Stamina bar.

  • This is not a Musou game but there will be encounters where you are facing more enemies than you are used to in a DMC game.

  • There is some online integration but definitely no multiplayer PvP.

  • Dodge system is reworked and dodging in general is supposed to be a lot smoother than before (get ready to hear the word “smooth” a lot when related to DMCV).

  • Camera pulls back during big fights. The devs are really proud of the new, more dynamic camera system.

  • Animations are being improved to be less stiff. Big emphasis on cloth physics (maybe Dante’s sword might not clip through his jacket now!). Battles are beautifully animated and smooth.

  • Bosses being ramped up dramatically in DMCV. One of the boss fights moves between multiple areas of the game.

  • Style system is in for Dante – Enemies will react a bit differently to each style.

  • Style system has been streamlined to be smoother to use for the players (speculated that the style system might be tuned/reworked to make it easier to get into than in DMC4).

  • Certain styles will have advantages on certain enemies similar to DmC/DMC3 (you can use a single style on any enemy just fine).

  • More environment interactivity than any previous DMC game. This is supposed to compliment the combat system, not detract from it.

  • There is some form of dynamic environment destruction/transformation in play but not on the scale of DmC thus far.

  • While this is not an open world game, some inspirations have been taken from Dragon’s Dogma.

You can click here to read the full leak if you’re interested.


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