Tameem Antoniades, chief creative ninja and co-founder of Ninja Theory, has responded to suggestions that the studio's redesign of Devil May Cry's Dante is based on him.
Speaking in a candid interview with PSM3, Antoniades was asked what he thought of online chatter about the reboot. Among the internet sourced drivel was the theory that Dante is modelled on him, which he quickly dismissed after a little self-deprecating humour.
"What can I say? He's a decade and a half younger than me, way better looking... The only thing he's got is black hair. And he's male," he said.
"I didn't design the character. I didn't go to our designers and say, 'I think it's a really good idea if we make the new Dante look like me, because I want to be in the game.' They'd laugh at me. They'd throw me out the window."
In the interview he also said the "original concepts were very close to the original DMC, taking mixtures of the previous four games and creating a new interpretation".
Apparently Capcom wasn't too fond of Ninja Theory's safe redesign and demanded something a little more unique.
"Capcom said something which they've said to us often, which is, 'if it was going to be the same as the old DMC, why would we give this project to you guys? The reason is to surprise us, to come up with a reinvention. To create something we couldn't have conceived in Japan.'"
Ninja Theory has said DmC isn't pretending to be Japanese and will have a 'US and European flavour'.
Check out the new issue of PSM3 for the full six-page interview, where he also responds to statements such as "DMC DOESN'T NEED A F**KING REBOOT".