Ninja Theory Comments On West vs. East Dante Debate
Cultural differences aren't easily disguised. So why not just accept that?
Such is Ninja Theory's philosophy as they tackle the Devil May Cry reboot, known simply as DMC.
In speaking to OXM, studio boss Tameem Antoniades and Capcom's Alex Jones spoke about the backlash they've received for the style changes in Dante's new adventure. As it turns out, former Capcom executive Keiji Inafune suggested to approach the subject by imagining the game "as a contemporary movie." As for the design differences, Jones had this to say:
"Japanese style ethos does tend to involve make characters look cool for the sake of looking cool, adding odd accessories, crazy hairstyles and colour, cowboy boots and so on simply because they look cool.
We in the West tend to be more functional adding things that have meaning and being able to explain that meaning. Why does Dante have white hair? I want to make a little story around that and explain it. And so on for the rest of his design choices."
Antoniades added to this by saying they haven't "done away with any of the Japanese aspects," but they've built on the foundations of the franchise. They all grew up with US and European movies, comics, music and general culture, so that's what they're using as influences. In the end:
"We're not pretending we are Japanese nor making apologies for that."
...man, what we wouldn't give to hear a Japanese studio say exactly those words in reference to the West.
Related Game(s): DMC
2/1/2012 8:23:25 PM Ben Dutka