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[Devil May Cry 3]Devil May Cry & Shin Megami Tensei 3 Crossover Explained By Developer

  The director of Shin Megami Tensei 3 HD has revealed how the original game’s crossover with Dante from Devil May Cry managed to happen.

  By Scott Baird

  Published Apr 20, 2021


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  The director of?Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD?Remaster?has revealed how the game’s famous crossover with?Devil May Cry?managed to happen. The?crossover made meme history thanks to the iconic?”Featuring Dante from the Devil May Cry series” sticker that appeared on the box of the original version of?Nocturne.

  There were three versions of?Nocturne?released in Japan. The first one was the base version of the game. The second one added a ton of content, including Dante from?Devil May Cry?as an enemy and potential party member. The third version of the game replaced Dante with?Raidou Kuzunoha, who was the main character in another RPG series released by?Shin Megami Tensei developer Atlus.?The version of?Nocturne?that was released on PS2 outside of Japan was the Dante version, and his presence was proudly proclaimed on the box. This was due to?Nocturne?being the first entry in the series released outside of Japan, and since it was already a difficult and obscure game, a recognizable character like Dante made for good promotion. The initial footage of?Nocturne HD?only showed Raidou, suggesting Dante was cut from the game, but it has been confirmed that he will return as paid DLC.

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  Nocturne HD?is due to be released next month. The official?PlayStation Blog?has an article about Dante’s inclusion in?the original?Nocturne.?Director Kazuyuki Yamai has discussed how the crossover came to be. At the time, crossovers between publishers were rare. Even the?Super Smash Bros.?series hadn’t done it yet, as?Brawl?(with Sonic the Hedgehog and Solid Snake) wouldn’t be released for another few years. Yamai and his team thought Dante was a natural fit for the game, due to how the Demi-Fiend (the protagonist of?Nocturne) is part demon and Dante is a devil hunter.

  “The dev team initially thought it was a crazy idea to pursue a crossover across two different publishers. However, they were also captivated by the idea of the two characters’ encountering one another and their ensuing battle. So they brought the proposal to Capcom, and the rest is history!”

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  It should also be pointed out that the art director of?Nocturne?would go on to?design Dante and Virgil’s Devil Trigger forms in?Devil May Cry 3. This had led to speculation by fans that Dante’s presence in?Nocturne?was a result of an agreement between Atlus and Capcom, but it seems that wasn’t the case.

  Regardless of the circumstances behind the crossover, the Dante sticker became more well-known than?Nocturne?itself. This will hopefully change when?Nocturne HD?is released and more fans have a chance to play the game on modern systems. The Persona?spin-off games helped push the?Shin Megami Tensei?franchise into the limelight, so there is an actual fanbase waiting for?Nocturne?this time around.?Dante might be featured in?Nocturne HD,?but fans will have to pay for the privilege?to fight him in 2021.

  Next:?How Shin Megami Tensei V Will Invert The Franchise’s Main Theme

  Shin Megami Tensei III Nocturne HD?Remaster?releases on May 25, 2021 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.

  Source: PlayStation Blog


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  Scott Baird

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  Scott has been writing for Screen Rant since 2016 and regularly contributes to The Gamer. He has previously written articles and video scripts for websites like Cracked, Dorkly, Topless Robot, and TopTenz.

  A graduate of Edge Hill University in the UK, Scott started out as a film student before moving into journalism. It turned out that wasting a childhood playing video games, reading comic books, and watching movies could be used for finding employment, regardless of what any career advisor might tell you. Scott specializes in gaming and has loved the medium since the early ‘90s when his first console was a ZX Spectrum that used to take 40 minutes to load a game from a tape cassette player to a black and white TV set. Scott now writes game reviews for Screen Rant and The Gamer, as well as news reports, opinion pieces, and game guides. He can be contacted on LinkedIn.

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