‘Devil May Cry 5’ Could Release On Switch If ‘Dragon’s Dogma’ Does Well
Released today, Devil May Cry 5 is one of the best action games of the year - and hell yes, I'm confident in saying it'll be right up there, in its genre, when we reach the annual 'best of' lists. I've not spent as much time with it as I'd have liked to, but I'm creeping my way through its demonic hacking and slashing - and you can read my preview impressions on the game here.
Unfortunately, DMC5 is not available for the Nintendo Switch - dev kits for the system simply weren't available when the game's production began. But, according to a Nintendo Life report, Capcom's critically acclaimed newcomer could yet make the move to the hybrid console. A lot depends on the Capcom game that is coming to Switch fairly soon - the RPG, Dragon's Dogma.
The expanded Dark Arisen version of the 2012 role-player is due to release on Switch on 23 April - and, yes, I am psyched to play it again, after putting several hours into the original on Xbox 360, back when. (Never got near finishing it, mind.)
And, hopefully, enough people will pick the game up to make Capcom see the Switch as a valuable platform for their games - which, from Resident Evil 7 to DMC5, have been on quite the run of success.
DMC5's director Hideaki Itsuno and producer Matt Walker did the promo rounds before the game's release - I actually met with them in London - and they said, then, that they were very keen on porting their new baby to Switch.
And now, in a German interview, Itsuno has been a little more specific on what'd need to happen for that port to be a serious consideration. Speaking to the magazine M!, he said:
"If Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen sells well on Switch, then we might consider porting DMC5."
Devil May Cry 5 runs in Capcom's RE Engine, debuted with 2017's Resident Evil 7 and used for this year's superb Resident Evil 2 remake. As yet, no RE Engine title has appeared on Switch, with the exception of the streamed-only Japanese release of Resi 7. So it remains to be seen if DMC5 can even run on Switch without some significant fiddling - but with Capcom's track record right now, I'd not put a successful port beyond them, at all.
But first comes Dragon's Dogma - built on Capcom's past-gen MT Framework engine. MT was also used for the studio's various Resi remakes and remasters before 2019's sequel, so to see them coming to Switch, too, is no surprise.
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