The recently revealed stylistic overhaul of the Devil May Cry series (now called DMC) felt like a slap in the face for many fans.
But creative director Tameem Antoniades insists it's OK because Dante's new look is cool.
"It's about Dante being cool and making you feel cool when you're playing it, and so the combat and the style system and everything is integral to that."
"But, you know, what was cool 12 years ago, I think that was when the first game came out, isn't cool anymore," he continued.
"If Dante, dressed as he was, walked into any bar outside of Tokyo, he'd get laughed out."
But we don't want him to walk into a bar Tameem, we want him to slice people up! Oh, sorry, you've not finished...
"What Devil May Cry did when it launched was it brought everything that was great about action cinema like the fashion, music -- it was like a cultural melting pot -- and I feel like now, for Devil May Cry to have that same impact, it needs to draw on new things. New music, new ways of cinematography, new fashion."
Hmmm. We see his point, still feels all different though....
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