Although fans are still uncovering new details about Devil May Cry 5 via Capcom press releases and new trailers, some unlikely sources are also shedding light on the forthcoming character action game. This week, new store listings appeared for Devil May Cry 5 that, while covering a lot of the basics of the story and the gameplay, also revealed that the title will support multiplayer.
Since nothing has officially been confirmed by Capcom it's worth treating this news with a careful eye, but usually store listings like these are worth paying attention to. On Steam, the listing claims that Devil May Cry 5 will support multiplayer and co-op, which is something that has yet to be seen in the series thus far. There have been multiple playable characters but each has had their separate story chapters.
But while the Steam listing features a nebulous, multiplayer support claim, the listings for console specifically say that the game will feature 2-3 player co-op. Neither the PS4 or the Xbox One store listings go beyond that, but the prospect of cooperative play with up to two friends is sure to be intriguing to fans.
The larger question now becomes why Capcom has held off on revealing that Devil May Cry 5 supports multiplayer and co-op, assuming these listings are not mistaken. Up until now, the focus has been on the flashy combat and the returning characters, but one would think that the opportunity for cooperative play would be a big selling point.
One likely scenario is that the cooperative play figures into the story and Capcom is not ready to discuss the full narrative of Devil May Cry 5 right now. Perhaps Nero, Dante, and Vergil all end up working together to stop some greater threat. We’ve only seen brief snippets of Dante and his brother, though, so it’s unclear how such a scenario would play out.
The other possibility is that Devil May Cry 5 features a separate mode that includes multiplayer. The series’ combat is largely focused around cool combos and scoring, so a mode that emphasizes that in a competitive atmosphere could be fun.
Regardless, the cat might be out of the bag for Capcom but thus far the publisher has yet to say anything official. We’ll have to wait and see if the listings are altered, which could tip the scales one way or the other.
Devil May Cry 5 releases March 8, 2019 for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.