Hideaki Itsuno once mentioned he would like to move onto a new project once his current project, Devil May Cry 5, is over and done with, and if a recent tweet is to be taken at face value then it appears he has already done just that.
The tweet in question, posted early yesterday, shows two pictures of a hanami (cherry blossoms watching) party, mentioning it was jointly hosted by the Devil May Cry 5 development team and a team assembled for a mysterious “new project.”
“It was a joint cherry-blossom viewing of the DMC 5 team and the new project team. DMC5チームと新チームの合同お花見でした！#DMC5,” the tweet says.
If Itsuno has indeed moved on to a new project, then one has to wonder what exactly this project is. In the past, he said he would like to work on a new Dragon’s Dogma title or a hypothetical “Rival Schools 3,” but he’s also mentioned a possible Capcom vs SNK 3, Street Fighter Alpha 4, Power Stone 3, and even Street Fighter VI.
Granted, just because Itsuno would like to work on these projects, doesn’t mean Capcom would let him. But considering just how well DMC5 has done for the company, it probably wouldn’t hurt to let him work on something else as a show of good faith. And if that’s the case, though this is purely speculation, then Dragon’s Dogma 2 seems to be a strong contender, as not only does Capcom seem adamant about keeping the franchise in the public eye with ports, it’s getting an animated series as well.
That said, it’s important to note that if he is in fact working on a new project, then it’s likely still in the planning stages, meaning it will be quite some time before we know what it is and it sees the light of day.
And as we wait for this development to unfold, why not check out his most recent project, Devil May Cry 5? Word on the street is that it’s quite good.