On New Year’s Day, Hideaki Itsuno posted a message to Twitter. Itsuno bids everyone a happy new year and shares a photo of the development team. He asks if fans have had a chance to play the new Devil May Cry 5 DLC. As fans know, Vergil came in December, but the older console owners had to wait until December 15, two weeks later, to buy the DLC. He hopes anyone who hasn’t played will get their hands on it soon, asking that gamers please try it out.
What draws everyone’s attention to this post is how he closes it out. He teases another game under development.
The new project is running in parallel with Devil May Cry 5? Considering the massive Capcom Leak didn’t have DMC6 on the slate, fans may need to stave off expectations for a sequel so soon. An announcement may be a way off, but I can’t help but wonder if it’s the Resident Evil 4 Remake. I’ll explain why.
Capcom accidentally created Devil May Cry
Devil May Cry came to the PlayStation 2 in North America on October 17, 2001. However, it’s known that Devil May Cry was originally the first version of Resident Evil 4. The story was originally about a protagonist named Tony, an invincible man with skills and intellect exceeding ordinary people. Biotechnology would be the explanation for his abilities. One of Dante’s nicknames is “Tony Redgrave,” so the original game elements are intact.
Director Hideki Kamiya tried to figure out a way to incorporate stylish gameplay into the game. As their work progressed, it became clear that this game was nothing like Resident Evil. Rather than scrap their work, producer Shinji Mikami convinced the staff to make an independent title. Devil May Cry and Resident Evil 4 go together.
The Resident Evil 4 Remake leaked
The remake of Resident Evil 4 was part of the massive content leak for Capcom’s slate. RE4 Remake is due out the fourth quarter of 2022. This timeline fits with the long way off’ idea, but there are a few details that may make this prediction fall flat on its face.
According to a Video Game Chronicles report, Shinji Mikami declined to lead Resident Evil 4’s remake. Still, he will provide advice on the direction of the game. Osaka-based M-Two is developing the remake, and Capcom’s internal teams and external studios will provide support as they did on Resident Evil 3 Remake.
In a conflicting interview with Variety, Shinji Mikami states that no one at Capcom has reached out to him about the project in any capacity. He does talk about the state of the past remakes, saying, “They have a good formula of taking the IP and using it in a routine way to create revenue and that’s a very good way for increasing business.”
Hideaki Itsuno’s involvement may mean Dragon’s Dogma 2 is coming
Dragon’s Dogma is a game that Itsuno dreamed of making since his school days. It’s an innovative spin on action RPGs, blending open-world action with the ability to call upon “Pawns,” player-created minions that help on your journey. This is a game that deserves a sequel, so if I’m wrong about Resident Evil, I’d love Dragon’s Dogma 2 to be the reason.
What game do you think Itsuno is going to release?