Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, an upgraded port of the most recent entry in Capcom’s long-running hack-and-slash action franchise, is on its way to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X, the publisher announced Wednesday.
Vergil, Dante’s brother, will be a playable character in the Special Edition. Owners of Devil May Cry 5’s PlayStation 4, Windows PC, or Xbox One versions — which debuted in March 2019 — will be able to get Vergil as a paid add-on.
Other additions for this re-release include Turbo Mode (the ability to play at 1.2x speed) and Legendary Dark Knight difficulty. And there’s a key visual enhancement, too: real-time ray tracing, Capcom said in a PlayStation Blog post. Players will have the option of playing with ray tracing enabled in two different modes: a target of 4K resolution at a frame rate of 30 frames per second, or 1080p at 60 fps. They’ll also be able to turn off ray tracing in the new High Framerate Mode, which will allow gameplay at frame rates up to 120 fps.
The Special Edition will also take advantage of the PS5’s DualSense controller and its 3D audio features. “Just wait until you get into a situation where you’re surrounded by a bunch of Hellbats — you’ll be able to pinpoint specifically where they all are in relation to the camera based on their cries,” said Capcom.
Aside from the Vergil DLC, Capcom told Polygon that it has no plans to bring any of these additions — whether it’s new content like Turbo Mode, or new features such as ray tracing or 120 fps support — to the existing PC version of Devil May Cry 5. The reason, said a Capcom representative, is that Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is “being developed specifically for PS5 and Xbox Series X.” That’s surely disappointing news for people who own the game on PC.
Asked about the possibility of an upgrade from the PS4 and Xbox One versions of the game, the rep told Polygon, “As DMC5SE has been developed as a separate next-gen launch title, there are no plans for upgrades from DMC5.”
Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition will be “available digitally at launch” on both PS5 (Nov. 12) and Xbox Series X (Nov. 10) for $39.99. Capcom will release a physical disc version of the game “at a later date,” the company announced on the series’ Twitter account.
Capcom is working on a number of other next-generation games. Resident Evil Village and Pragmata are both in development on PC, PS5, and Xbox Series X; the former is scheduled to be released in 2021, while the latter is coming in 2022.
Update: We’ve updated this article to reflect the announcement that Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition is also coming to Xbox Series X.
Update (Sept. 17): We’ve updated this article to add a new video from Capcom illustrating the ray-traced reflections and lighting in Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition, and to clarify the various visual modes available in the game.
Update (Sept. 21): We’ve updated this article to add explanations from Capcom about Devil May Cry 5 Special Edition being exclusive to PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.