Red Orbs are a staple within the Devil May Cry franchise, serving as currency to purchase upgrades and items. They will return for Devil May Cry 5 which the player can purchase with real money.

Speaking with Gamespot director Hideaki Itsuno stated:

“With giving people the ability to purchase Red Orbs, it’s something we want to give people as an option. If they want to save time and just want to get all the stuff at once, those people can do that. But on the other hand I don’t feel you have to get all the moves, ” said Itsuno. “You should be able to play it the way you want to play it.”

“It’s interesting because from a game design point of view there’s two different things we think about when we set the prices of the moves, skills, and abilities [which can be purchased with Red Orbs],” he explained. “The first thing is the stuff that we feel people should want to get first is made cheaper. So people will think, ‘Oh this is cheap so I’m just going to buy this.’ But then for the stuff that’s going to be harder to use and master, we make that more expensive. Partly because of you save up for that you’re not going to be able to buy as many skills, so you’re going to have the time to learn it. So you have to make the decision between going for the cheaper stuff or saving up, getting the thing that has a lot of application but you’ll have to spend time learning and perfecting.”

As you might expect many fans are livid about this decision. By providing the ability to purchase Red Orbs players who grind to obtain these Red Orbs will feel cheated that someone else can just purchase them.

In addition, the argument provided by Hideaki is remarkably similar to the one given to players when Middle-Earth: Shadow of War revealed its marketplace that allowed players to skip recruiting Uruks, a primary system within the game, and purchase them. A system that was removed in 2018, requiring the developers to rebalance the entire game.

Devil May Cry 5 launches on March 8th, 2019 for Xbox One, PS4, and PC.

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