In what is, in my humble opinion, one of life’s greatest tragedies, Capcom director Hideaki Itsuno has said he was given the opportunity to create Dragon’s Dogma 2 but instead settled on Devil May Cry 5.
"Look, I want to make either Devil May Cry 5 or Dragon’s Dogma 2 next,” said Itsuno to VG247. “He said ‘okay, do whatever you want. Do whichever one you want.’ So I thought, alright, y’know what… let’s do DMC5. So we did that.”
Which, for Devil May Cry die-hards, is fantastic! Not so much for devout Dragon’s Dogma fans, mind, although the DMC5 demo suggests the action-packed sequel is going to be a top-tier game. What a problem for Itsuno to have though, choosing between those two franchises. Capcom is absolutely firing on all cylinders right now.
Things get much better for Dragon’s Dogma fans later in the interview though. Itsuno goes full-on tease by saying “Here we are—we’re now finishing up DMC5. But I had ideas for Dragon’s Dogma 2 at the time as well. So here we are, it’s the end of this project.” This practically screams that Dragon’s Dogma 2 is going to be heading into development shortly, something we weren’t sure could ever possibly happen.
If development on Dragon's Dogma 2 is indeed commencing once DMC5 is out the door then we could potentially be looking at a time frame of 2022-ish. Obviously, if Devil May Cry 5 sells absolute gangbusters then that probably puts a bit of a spanner in the works but we'll have to wait and see.