Judgment time may be near for Capcom’s reboot of the Devil May Cry franchise since gamers will be able to get a small taste of it prior to its January 2013 release. After making public showings at events such as PAX Prime and the New York Comic Con, the new-age DmC will receive a rare pre-release demo next month.
News of a DmC demo isn’t exactly new as such a thing has been public knowledge for some time. The real mystery of course surrounded when Capcom and Ninja Theory would make the demo available since such a thing could sink the game if it isn’t received well.
I guess both Capcom and Ninja Theory are confident of what they have since a DmC demo is being prepped for release on November 20th/21st both for the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live. Unlike past demos Capcom has released for high-profile games, the DmC demo will be completely free and won’t involve any kind of unlock keys or periods of exclusivity.
Contents of the demo haven’t been disclosed so it’s unknown if Capcom will merely recycle what they’ve been showing for the last year or if a new stage will be provided. It would be nice if Capcom took a page from Konami by making the TGS demo be what’s made public, as was the case with Metal Gear Rising, but this is Capcom we’re talking about so it’s best we not expect something amazing only to be disappointed.
It’s rather surprising that Capcom is releasing a demo two months ahead of release considering how much hate/skepticism has surrounded DmC - at least amongst core fans of the series. I was pleasantly surprised with what I saw and played of the game at E3 earlier this year and I think that Ninja Theory has found its vibe based on the recent trailers that have come to light. However, giving gamers two months to judge and critique a demo representation of DmC could completely backfire on Capcom if everything isn’t completely perfect; an occurrence which could see DmC hit the bargain bin sooner than expected.