The overall direction of DmC may still seem like a wildcard to a lot of people, but ever so slowly both Ninja Theory and Capcom have actually been showing elements which indicate that the DMC we know and love is still underneath the new Ninja Theory coat of paint. Certain elements of the classic DMC may be out of action in DmC, but the combat was still engaging based on what I played and saw at E3 earlier this month and visually the game is approaching a level that only some games dream of reaching.
Aside from the things that we know DmC will retain from its predecessors, such as Dante being a cocky smartass, we now have an idea of what sort of tunes the game will feature as we slay demons. Keeping in tune with the gothic tone of the game and the newfound punk/anti-establishment feel Ninja Theory is striving for in the narrative, Capcom has announced that the bands Noisia and Combichrist will contribute tracks to the DmC soundtrack.
As a man that loves buttery beats I’ll admit that I haven’t heard of either Noisia or Combichrist before. But upon listening to the preview tracks Capcom released today (listen to the Noisia track here and the Combichrist track here), I’ll admit that I’m pretty excited for the vibe DmC is aiming to achieve.
It may sound like nothing but loud noise at first, but both Combichrist and Noisia have the familiar heavy Goth metal tones that the previous DMC games have featured, this time the only difference being there’s a bit more dubstep involved. We all know that even games that involve demons and hidden demonic worlds need a dubstep soundtrack so it was a forgone conclusion that DmC would feature a dub wub soundtrack that will either please or annoy the legions of gamers out there.
Ninja Theory is utilizing the Noisia and Combrichrist tracks both for combat and cutscene sections of the game. So thankfully Capcom isn’t pulling a Midway by paying a band $2 million to do an end credits song that no one really gives a damn about. In general this announcement is rather interesting since it further establishes what kind of tone Ninja Theory is trying to create in the game and more importantly it’s yet another sign that the studio is seeking new creative talent in unexpected sources. Previously it was slightly assumed Ninja Theory would bring on composer Nintin Sawhney seeing as how he composed both Heavenly Sword and Enslaved, but instead of an orchestral score we’re getting grunge metal rock goodness.
This news may not prove to a lot of people that DmC will be worthy of following in the steps of the past DMC games, but so far it seems like Ninja Theory is balancing things out rather well. After all with things such as a somewhat serious story co-penned by Alex Garland and a tongue-in-cheek attitude that involves Dante being half naked, maybe DmC will be as awesome as we all want it to be in our heads.