Devil May Cry 5 Director Chose Dante Over Dragon's Dogma 2

A fateful decision determined Capcom's 2019 release slate.

Director Hideaki Itsuno has revealed that he was actually given a choice between directing Devil May Cry 5 or Dragon's Dogma 2. His difficult decision is the reason why come March, we're all going to be playing as Dante murdering demons and not as knights facing off against dragons.

On a media tour for the upcoming Devil May Cry 5, VG247 sat down with Itsuno to ask about Dragon's Dogma 2. The hit single-player RPG has amassed a lot of fans since it was released in 2012, but we've seen nothing from the franchise other than re-releases and spinoffs. And according to Itsuno there's an alternate timeline out there where Dragon's Dogma 2, not Devil May Cry 5, would have been Capcom's other major release.

"So, when the discussion came up for Devil May Cry 5, I went to Kenzo [Tsujimoto, Capcom founder] and I said 'look, I want to make either Devil May Cry 5 or Dragon's Dogma 2 next,'" Itsuno said. "He said 'okay, do whatever you want. Do whichever you want.' So I thought, alright, y'know what... let's do DMC 5. So we did that."

Although Itsuno ultimately chose Dante and Devil May Cry 5, Dragon's Dogma fans shouldn't despair. Itsuno says that with DMC 5 almost wrapped up, he's already gearing up for his next project. He even reveals how he has ideas for Dragon's Dogma 2.

"I've always got maybe around four different titles in mind, maybe about four different ideas that I'd love to make. But there's a difference between the titles that I'd love to make and the titles that I think I should make next. But here we are, we're here, and... I'm already gearing up for my next project. We can't say what it is, but we're looking forward to getting to work on it."

Whatever Itsuno's next project will be, we at least know he's got new Dragon's Dogma ideas rattling somewhere in his mind. In the meantime, Devil May Cry 5 is set to release on March 8 for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. You can read our latest Devil May Cry 5 preview from a recent press event and check out our Devil May Cry 5 guide for our full coverage.

For more Devil May Cry 5-related content, you can head over to our additional guide pages on Capcom's sequel. There's our Devil May Cry 5 Secret Missions guide to help you track down every hidden symbol, our Devil May Cry 5 Devil Breakers guide for Nero's unique abilities, and finally our Devil May Cry 5 controls guide, and Devil May Cry 5 Abilities guide for all three characters.

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