Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition Arrives on PlayStation 5 at Launch

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Announced during the huge September PlayStation 5 presentation, Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition takes the award-winning action title to the next generation. This title will be among many games you can play at launch.

Now, this isn’t just an up-res’ed version of the 2019 title. Producer at Capcom, Matt Walker, went into great detail of exactly how they’ve improved upon the game.

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.

Matt Walker, Capcom

Players can turn on ray tracing at will and prioritise resolution, targeting 4K at 30fps, or frame rate, targeting 1080p at 60fps. Players that prefer to beef up the frame rate over graphics also have the option to top out the game at 120fps (obviously, with a compatible display), when High Frame Rate Mode is turned on.

The Special Edition also upgrades the audio, with the consoles new hard drive, allowing Capcom to provide 3D audio for a more immersive experience.

Sound isn’t the last of the upgrades, though.

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.  

Matt Walker, Capcom

As for differences in the gameplay, they’ve also added in a few different modes, and a familiar face as a playable character. Turbo Mode is being added, allowing players to zip through the game at 1.2x the normal speed.

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.  

Matt Walker, Capcom

They’re also adding a new difficulty in Legendary Dark Knight difficulty, where it provides multiple times the enemies compared to the other playthroughs.

Lastly, they’re adding Vergil as a playable character, as well as the return of the Concentration Gauge from Devil May Cry 4. Those who own the PlayStation 4 version of Devil May Cry 5 can still get their hands on a playable Vergil in an upcoming paid DLC at a later date.

Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition will be available on the PlayStation 5 console at launch – November 12th for us Aussies, and on the Xbox Series X console at launch – November 10th.

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