Gamescom 2012: Vergil Is Revealed In Latest DmC Trailer

    August 14, 2012
    Zach Walton
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It’s hard to please everybody all the time. Nobody knows this better than Ninja Theory. Their reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise has been met with sneers and sometimes even death threats since the game was introduced last year. Fans are upset that one of their favorite franchises was being changed so radically after it had been stinking in a cesspool for a few years after DMC4 failed to capture the magic of DMC3.

Well, the latest trailer today out of Gamescom 2012 isn’t going to change any minds. If there was one character fans loved more than Dante, it was Vergil. The amount of terrible fan fiction obsessive teenage girls wrote about the two would be enough to fill the Library of Congress. There’s something about male brothers that brings out the worst from Internet degenerates and Devil May Cry was a suitable conduit.

Before we get into what will undoubtedly make the fans rage, let’s take a look at the good news. Vergil is still Dante’s brother and he still wields a katana. That’s about as far as the similarities go though. Whereas Vergil was the antagonist in DMC3, he seems to be one of the good guys this time around. He’s in charge of the demon resistance movement on Earth and he recruits Dante to fight said demons.

Much like Dante, Vergil has received a drastic makeover from his past incarnation. He now looks a lot like Captain American from the recent live-action Marvel film. It’s a decent look, but fans are upset that he’s not longer sporting the spiky silver hair that makes him look like a 1980s anime reject. It works within the confines of Ninja Theory’s more realistic universe, but fans are not going to be happy. Check out for yourself and decide if the new Vergil is to your liking:

As for me, the trailer just further cements my excitement for the title. I’m a huge fan of Ninja Theory’s past works and they always know how to tell an amazing story. I can’t wait to see what the genius writers at Ninja Theory do with the characters. The gameplay looks solid enough as well so there shouldn’t be any reason to complain beyond the characters getting different looks. Unfortunately, you can never please all the people all the time.

  • mike

    Dude, nobody gives a sh*t that he still has a katana or has white hair, that just shows Ninja Theory’s laziness and their inability to cut ties from his previous iteration. There is a line between reference and reliance and Ninja Theory relies on the original ideas of Devil May Cry like Paul W.S. Anderson needs good RE games for his sh*t movies. But what really pisses people off is the complete change of character.
    The point of Vergil was to be Dante’s opposite, he is a cold and uncaring villain with no regard for human life and in his bid for power. It is this villainy that sparks a reaction in Dante that shakes him out of his apathy and drives him to become more active in his fight against demons. With that gone, he’s just seems like a posh dweeb meant to make this new dante look even cooler in his unimaginative “I-don’t-give-a-sh*t-f*ck-the-government” mentality. I mean, he’ll probably end up being a villain because I don’t see Ninja Theory presenting an original story, but then that’s still following the layout of the other games. I mean, I get that it’s a “reboot”, but I’d expect either more originality or at least the same amount of emotional resonance from this game. So far, I see neither.

    • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

      I guess my attempt at humor went over your head. I realize that hardcore DMC fans are going to be angry at this. I was just having a little fun by pointing out the similarities between the two.

      Regardless, I think people need to give it a chance. Devil May Cry never had a penchant for story telling and Ninja Theory’s game is the best change we’re ever going to have of an action game actually getting a decent story outside of God of War.

      I’m not going to try to convince anybody otherwise. I just wish that people played Heavenly Sword or Enslaved before passing judgment on the direction they’re taking DmC in. Both of their previous games are fantastic story driven games. It gives me a lot of hope for the new DmC.

      • mike

        Nah, I get that. I played Heavenly Sword and it was a good game, but my main issue with this “reboot” is the derivativeness of the storyline and presentation. What is a popular music style? Dubstep. What is a popular idea? Fuck the government. Who is this game targeted to? You have to admit that Ninja Theory is force-feeding us what they think we want by pandering to what’s popular right now. What doesn’t make sense to me is that everyone seems to be okay it. Not only are they insulting fans with the simplicity of the content, but the blatant disrespect Ninja Theory has treated old Devil May Cry fans with is equally as insulting. They were smart in taking so long to release the game, because they gave time to put themselves in an underdog position to rally new fans to support them. Neither new fans, nor supporters of the game seem to understand what exactly the old fans are complaining about. In your article for example, referring to DMC4 (lackluster as it may be) as “stinking in a cesspool,” and Vergil’s old design “a 1980s anime reject,” just seems like the same old mudslinging and disrespect that Ninja Theory has been using to justify their reboot. I mean you’re probably a nice guy, but I just don’t agree with everyone deciding to support a remake that demeans the original source material as much as it steals from it. Maybe that can just be translated as me not getting your humor.

        • http://www.webpronews.com/author/zach-walton Zach Walton

          Perhaps Ninja Theory is so dismissive of DMC fans because of the fans dismissiveness of them. Before Ninja Theory had any chance to say anything, fans were already ripping into them when the first trailer hit. They were not given a chance to defend themselves and each new trailer just brings more whining and more death threats.

          I do agree with you though on the matter of Ninja Theory tapping into what’s popular. I was thrilled to see them using The Glitch Mob in last year’s Gamescom trailer, but I’m less than impressed that the music has now gone into more dubstep territory. I’ve always been a fan of DMC’s music so here’s hoping that the final product will get it right.

      • billy

        it needs to not be devil may cry, then it might be ok

  • fred cox

    i think bringing vergil was the smartest thing they could have done to be honest i think the reboot is cool besides i think they well keep to the story for all we know vergil could be a secret villain i dont understand why people bitch so much dante’s hair will go white for gods sake why do people care so much over a f*cking hair color

    • Nick

      He is, check out the achievement list they released, “defeat Virgil on any difficulty”

  • E

    That line about being brothers…that screams for a katana in back!

  • DeAngelo

    Coming soon to The CW

  • sonny

    That took virgel and dantes personalities and threw them away that’s what pissis people off not that dantes hair isn’t white ok i get it its a reboot but why mess with something that works pirfictly tho to ninjatheory’s credit i know the game it self will be alot of fun but that ends my good thoughts on the game the bad however i feel like they should have called it something els and they wouldn’t have all the bad feedback if it was the same game with a different they would have bin fine but because they took dump on Dante and virgel and there personalities that is why people are so mad…