As it turns out, Devil May Cry 5 isn’t about the season pass life. Apparently, the Bloody Palace update is all we’re getting.
As we know, the gaming industry often comes under fire for its money-grubbing shenanigans. Ed Boon may have spoken out against the whole "Mortal Kombat 11 contains $6440 worth of cosmetic add-ons" thing, but the claim really isn’t all that surprising anymore. That’s just the way the wind is blowing these days.
Microtransactions and loot boxes are dastardly enough, but the fact that season passes are often advertised before a game’s even released speaks volumes, too. It’s a rough situation, whichever way you slice it.
In the case of Devil May Cry 5, microtransactions are present and correct. They were controversial since their announcement but ultimately proved to be entirely optional and non-intrusive. If we must have these sorts of nickel-and-dime purchases in our games, this is the way they should be handled going forward. The world does not need a repeat of the Star Wars: Battlefront II debacle.
The latest installment in the Devil May Cry series definitely doesn’t play by the established rules, then. Microtransactions that aren’t horribly intrusive? No season pass? What is this, 2002?
Now, Devil May Cry 5 has dabbled in downloadable content. On April 1st, Bloody Palace was added to the game in a free update. It’s a survival mode of sorts in which those who have mastered the game’s combat can test their mettle against waves of enemies in a vast dungeon. Players who had exhausted the main game relished the extra challenge, but if you’re done with the Bloody Palace and you’re eager for more… well, we’ve got some bad news for you.
That’s right, friends. Capcom isn't exactly known for its restraint when it comes to trying to milk its franchises, but here’s the surprising truth: no more DLC is planned for f0r the game. If you’re disappointed by this decision, you’re not alone - so are the team’s own employees. Just look at this tweet from Capcom’s own Matt Walker:
Unfortunately dev on DMC5 is finished. I'd personally like to see the ladies playable too. We can only hope that at some point we can convince the people up top that it's worth doing.— Matt Walker (@retroOtoko) April 23, 2019
On the bright side, though, it sounds as though there's a chance of new content being added in the future. Don't forget, either, that the Bloody Palace represents a colossal challenge (only true experts can hope to complete all 101 floors) and offers some neat loot, so it should at least keep you going for a while longer.