Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition slices its way onto PlayStation 5

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Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition slices its way onto PlayStation 5

Vergil unleashes stylish new gameplay and ray-tracing enhances the demonic world. 

Today, Sony gave us the honor of announcing Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition in the PlayStation 5 Showcase! We here at Capcom are incredibly excited to be able to kick off the next generation by launching DMC5SE digitally, day and date with the launch of PS5. 

DMC5SE was conceived with two main goals in mind – to take the award-winning gameplay of DMC5 and enhance it to provide a truly next-gen experience, and to add key content that fans have been asking for. Now that we’ve finally announced DMC5SE, I wanted to take a second to provide a look at all of the work that went into achieving these goals. 

First up, next-gen upgrades. As soon as we got PS5 dev kits in our hands, our team began kicking the tires to see what kind of performance we could wring out of it. The first thing that caught our engine team’s attention was the hardware’s new ray tracing capabilities. PS5’s ray tracing architecture gives us the ability to render DMC5SE’s stunning graphics with even more realistic lighting – allowing the engine to calculate light bounces, and therefore draw truly dynamic reflections and provide even more realistic lighting and shadows. Up until now, our artists have always had to create approximations of reflections by hand to achieve that effect – but the ray tracing architecture in PlayStation 5 gives us “more power” to provide true reflections in real time. In DMC5SE, players have the choice to turn on ray tracing and prioritize resolution (targeting 4K @ 30fps), or frame rate (targeting 1080p @ 60fps). 

Above: DMC5SE with ray tracing on. Below: same place with ray tracing off.

For players who prefer to allocate their horsepower to frame rates over graphics, PS5 also gives console players the ability to play their games at frame rates up to 120fps (with a compatible display, of course), which is enabled in DMC5SE when players turn on High Framerate Mode.  

The next-gen upgrades aren’t all visual, though. In addition to the hotly anticipated fast loading made capable by PS5’s new hard drive (it is seriously, Crazy fast), the hardware also now gives us the opportunity to provide even more immersive, 3D audio. Just wait until you get into a situation where you’re surrounded by a bunch of Hellbats – you’ll be able to pinpoint specifically where they all are in relation to the camera based on their cries.  

DMC5SE also takes advantage of DualSense’s new functionality. When you press L2 to rev up Nero’s exceed, you’ll be able to feel the vibrations of the engine and the pull of the throttle. And thanks to DualSense’s upgraded haptic feedback, you’ll feel in your hands the same sensation that Nero and Dante do as they wield DMC’s trademark arsenal of weapons.  

So we’ve covered the majority of the next-gen upgrades – what about the additional content? Well, there were three things in particular that stood out when fans asked for them after the announcement of DMC5. 

Firstly, we added Turbo Mode – the ability to crank up DMC5SE’s gameplay to play at 1.2x the normal speed. This mode has been a fan favorite addition to DMC ever since DMC3SE – it takes DMC’s already fast paced, stylish action and kicks it up a notch. Fun fact – although partly inspired by Street Fighter 2 Turbo – Itsuno-san and his dev team first got the idea to implement Turbo Mode when they programmed DMC3 to play at the same speed on lower refresh rated PAL tvs (which update at 50hz) compared to their NTSC cousins (which update at 60hz). In development, we’ve actually tried to kick it up to 1.3x speed before as well! But we found that 1.2x provided a perfect sweet spot of speed vs. controllability.  

Secondly – Legendary Dark Knight difficulty. This is a difficulty where each encounter provides multiple times the enemies compared to the other difficulties, which makes for all kinds of chaos on screen, and goes perfectly with all of the stylish, big moves that Nero, Dante and V perform as they’re obliterating demons. This can only be done at this graphical quality, thanks to the upgrades in horsepower and memory that PS5 features. 

And last, but certainly not least – Vergil. As soon as DMC5 was announced back in 2018, the most consistent request that we got from players was for playable Vergil. When my boss, Jun Takeuchi, came to me late last year and said “let’s do this,” I knew that the first thing we would have to do is make sure that we make Vergil playable. In DMC4, Vergil got an upgrade with the Concentration Gauge, which reflected his calm and deadly nature. For DMC5SE, we’ve added even more interesting twists to his gameplay in addition to the return of said Concentration Gauge. And if you own DMC5 on PS4 stay tuned, the Playable Character: Vergil Paid DLC will be available at a later date. You can get a taste of what’s to come in the trailer below! 

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition slices its way onto PlayStation 5

It’s incredibly exciting to be able to say that we’re going to be able to represent Capcom and kick off PS5 with Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition. We’ve worked hard to provide an upgrade that takes proper advantage of all of the new hardware capabilities, while also offering content that fans have been asking for. At $39.99 USD we think it’s a great, affordable way to get a taste of the true next-gen experience that PS5 has to offer, and enjoy an award-winning action game to boot. We hope you all have a Smokin’ Sexy Stylish time with it when it launches day one on PlayStation 5. 

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  • Don’t let them censor it please!!! 🙏🙏🙏

  • This looks cool but question for Capcom. I bought all your games on PS3, re-bought many of the PS3 re-releases on PS4. I am hoping that I don’t have to re-buy these same games yet again for PS5. I saw that Monster Hunter World is part of that PS Plus Collections, but I hope all my PS4 Capcom purchases can be played on PS5. Love Capcom games, just hoping not to have to re-buy again.

    • every PS4 game runs on PS5 :)

    • I asked because PS Blog in the past said this: “We believe that the overwhelming majority of the 4,000+ PS4 titles will be playable on PS5.” They did not say all PS4 games.

    • Yeah the PS5 won’t run every ps4 game that was announced already it’ll have a large majority obviously their popular ganes will def work on the PS5 but some of the lesser ones like The Order will probably be added at a later date

    • You know it’s your choice to buy and re-buy recycled stuff and support this cancer of a practice right?…you’re hoping that you dont have?…ha dont buy it it’s as simple as that.

  • I want a physical edition please

  • Great news.
    but will my save data for DMC5 work on DMC5SE?

  • Is there a way to upgrade my ps4 version or do i have to rebuy the game.

    • Your copy of PS4 will have the free updates, although the Vergil DLC must be paid separately

    • They’ve stated on the main site that there won’t be a free upgrade: https://www.devilmaycry.com/5se/us/

      “Devil May Cry 5 for Playstation®4 and Xbox One are compatible for play on PlayStation®5 and Xbox Series X, but contain none of the additional features or content included in the Special Edition.”

      So, your copy will work via backwards compatibility and they’ll eventually release the Virgil DLC for the PS4 version. But DMC5SE has been enhanced for next-gen consoles only and it doesn’t look like those enhancements are going to be free.

  • The fans have been asking for DLC to play with Virgil, but Capcom come with this? So people like me who pre ordered the game now must buy the game AGAIN to play with him? Capcom you lost me at that poor made Resident Evil 3, keep Virgil and i will keep my money.

    • I hope you read the article because it literally says there will be a paid DLC available for Vergil for those who own the game on PS4.

    • You only have to pay for the Vergil DLC, the updates will be free, u will not have to buy the full game again, it’s true that it is an abusive practice of Capcom, but they have always handled this way with Vergil

  • What’s confusing is that it says there is a 4k30 mode and a 1080p60 mode and then under that mentions 120fps.

    You would think at 1080, this game should be 120fps, and that there would be a 1440 mode at 60fps.

  • I would love another option. RT with 1080p for 30+ fps. Surely, that must also be possible. I dislike 4k as it is extremely expensive on performance and the image quality does not improve proportionally, imo. In other words, 4k isn’t worth the performance drop for me…

  • I already bought the deluxe edition on my PS4 Pro, do I have to rebuy the game if I want to play it on the PS5 or is it just the Vergil DLC that’ll be necessary?

    • Only the Vergil DLC will be necessary, updates will be free on PS5 :D

    • There is no upgrade path to the Special Edition on PS5. You can buy Vergil for $5 on PS4, but nothing else comes with it. If you want to get the new modes and everything else you will have to buy the Special Edition for $40. Thanks for nothing, Capcom.

  • Would love the option to upgrade my digital ps4 copy of dmc5 to this version even if it’s costs $10 to $20 to upgrade.

  • Will the PS4 version Vergil DLC also include Turbo Mode and Legendary Dark Knight difficulty?

  • Será que lançará o virgil para quem tem a edição deluxe do ps4 tomará

  • YEEEEEESSSS.

    So much of that article was meaningless psuedo-true technobabble of the sort that acconpanies any console release, that either isn’t true or doesn’t matter but for the rest of it YEEESS.

    Just take my money. I might not have a PS5 at launch but I will buy Vergil for DLC *and* the Special Edition at a later date just to express my support.

    Only thing that could have made this better woukd have been Lady and Trish playable again, but I can’t imagine much objection to getting them as DLC too if it’s even a consideration.

    Good on you, Capcom. More of this.

  • To further clarify; I find the “wait a year or two for a cheaper Special Edition of the same game” a much better business model than “shoveling tons of paid content or Battle Passes at the player” that most franchises do.

    I don’t necessarily like, but do understand why 5’s Special Edition is a PS5 launch, and I like that we’re getting the option to get at Vergil on the PS4.

    The whole thing feels much more respectful of the customer while still aiming to make a profit (which is why I can also forgive digital-only media).

    So again, thanks Capcom for continuing that business model.

  • But what about those of us that have the game already on PS4 and want to enjoy the various upgrades? Is Capcom expecting us to just buy the whole game again? And why is their no physical version on day one? Is it because of COVID-19, or because the game is launching on a Thursday?

  • what do you mean “(targeting 1080p @ 60fps)” the ps4 pro and xboxonex plays it at more than 1440p at 60fps already, and ps5 is “targeting” 1080p? What!

  • Lame lame and lame a million times…Jesus we got BC now and you lame devs wanna keep pushing the cancer of recycled games,the shame goes through the roof.Oh well at least thank you for not spitting in the face of your fans and making Vergil available for PS4 too…as a huge DMC and specially Vergil fan it would be a shame to not be able to play as him.

  • I’ll buy it once it has a physical version.

    I don’t support full priced games digitally.

  • How about no capcom I own it on PS4 plus this hopeless because it’s digital so I keep my PS4 DMC5 disc thanks capcom.

  • What’s the price is going to be for the paid DLC?

  • Guess its tradition now to have a playable Vergil in Special Editions of DMC games lol. Pretty cool that he can change into V in gameplay btw.

    Still sucks that there will be no playable Trish or Lady however…

  • Non ray-traced 4K60fps mode, please?

  • Will there a 4k/60FPS mode but without ray tracing?

  • Posting this here too, so everyone can see it.

    There is no upgrade path to the Special Edition on PS5. You can buy Vergil for $5 on PS4, but nothing else comes with it. If you want to get the new modes and everything else you will have to buy the Special Edition for $40. Thanks for nothing, Capcom.

  • Did capcom and everyone forgot we were asking for palace mode co-op? Y’a know for long Jevity? Ugh…

  • So let me get this straight, after the release of The special edition, they are going to make Vergil a paid DLC for the PS4 Version of DMC 5 later??? For the PS5???? Hell yes! It would be worth every penny. I’m stoked for it. Aside from Dante and Nero Vergil has always been my favorite. Along with the actor who voices him. I’m looking forward to this!

  • Please please PLEASE have a multiplayer Bloody Palace DLC

  • Hey can somebody help me please i really dont get it

    I have a physical devil may cry 5 copy on my ps4
    When i get a ps5 (with a disc reader) when i put my ps4 physical copy in it its supposed to get enhanced right ?
    So it will automatically turn into special edition with vergil and all right ?
    Help me please

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