Devil May Cry just made a massive change to its timeline

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Is there anything more metal than Devil May Cry? STraight out of the gate, you’ve got a game whose lore already set up the series for some epic confrontations. What began with the tale of a lone demon fighting back against the very forces of hell itself, would create a legacy that would be inherited by the sons of Sparda in their own quest to save the day from demonic nightmares.

There’s a great story to be told across the Devil May Cry games, but the actual timeline doesn’t match up very coherently between games. One of the biggest plot holes in the chronology? The abysmal Devil May Cry 2, which kind of doesn’t make sense in the big picture of the franchise. I won’t spoil the story here, but I will say that canonically, it’s the final adventure of Dante before the events of Devil May Cry 5, as that first sequel saw him ride off on a motorcycle through hell itself, supposedly to be never seen again.

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And then Devil May Cry 3 came along, reset the timeline and gave us one of the best damn prequels of all time, while Devil May Cry 4 went many years into the future and introduced Nero, son of Vergil, to the cast. Look, it’s all weird, confusing and it only makes sense to the kind of people who refuse to admit that there’s a Devil May Cry anime out there that’s so bad that it makes me want to headbutt my TV.

According to Capcom however, a little tidying up on their part has now resulted in the storyline being a lot more coherent. Here’s what it looks like currently, in proper order:

  • Devil May Cry 3
  • Devil May Cry
  • Devil May Cry 2
  • Devil May Cry 4
  • Devil May Cry 5

On the negative side, that means that we still have to confirm that Devil May Cry 2 is part of the official canon. On the plus side, that also explains how Dante’s attitude changed between games, starting off as flippant, becoming super-serial and then going full-on crazy grandpa by the time of Devil May Cry 5. I can dig that.

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Last Updated: February 6, 2019

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