First up is the new “Free Style” mode. This improves upon the original game’s Style System, so that instead of choosing your fighting style before a mission or at a mid-mission Divinity Statue, you can switch on the fly like in Devil May Cry 5. Each of the four fighting styles are tied to a d-pad button, so you just hit one of the buttons to instantly switch to a new style.
“Press UP for Trickster, DOWN for Royal Guard, LEFT for Gunslinger and RIGHT for Swordmaster,” Capcom explains. “For the special styles unlocked later in the game, it’ll require a quick double-tap of specific buttons. For Doppelganger, double-tap LEFT, and for Quicksilver, double-tap RIGHT.”
The other change Capcom has revealed for now is that you’ll be able to upgrade multiple fighting styles at once, whereas in the original DMC 3 you had to do one at a time.
Capcom will be revealing the other two changes that have been made to the Switch version of Devil May Cry 3 on January 30 and February 13.
Our original report follows.
The Nintendo Switch version of Devil May Cry 3 will have a new Style Change system.
This is what Capcom states over on the official Devil May Cry 3 website. Most revealing is a screenshot which shows a new UI feature in the top-left that displays which fighting style is currently selected.
This wasn’t the case in the original version of Devil May Cry 3 as you chose the fighting style before you went into a mission. This addition to the UI matches up to how Devil May Cry 4 and Devil May Cry 5 handled switching styles on the fly.
So, for example, in the original Devil May Cry 3 you chose Swordmaster before a mission then had to stick with it. But this new UI in the Switch version suggests that you’ll be able to change between Swordmaster, Gunslinger, and the other fighting styles at the press of a button – even in mid-combo.
This changes up how the combat works in the game significantly as the fighting styles have certain moves attached to them. Plus, you can level up the different styles and tailor them to your preferred fighting style.
If this is how the Style Change system works in the Switch version of Devil May Cry 3 then it’s a feature that’s exclusive to Nintendo’s platform.
Devil May Cry 3 is due out for Nintendo Switch as a digital download only on February 20, 2020. It’ll feature the Special Edition features that let you play as Dante’s brother, Vergil.
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If you haven’t checked out the latest game in the series, our Devil May Cry 5 review will put you on track, as we said its “combat is the strongest the series has seen to date.”
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