I think the game take place after DMC4 but before DMC2 and it's obvious to see he looks younger than DMC2. I figure Capcom is writing out DMC2 and trying the solid snake approach. Also the angle isn't the best too. So for all we know he will look the same but updated like Nero was.Putting aside what people think of Dante's face, I'm baffled by the number of comments expressing so much surprise at the fact that he looks older.
I'm like, duh. His demonic blood grants him super powers but his human half makes it possible for him to age unlike pure demons. I don't get how anyone who proclaims themselves as fans of the series can act like Dante aging is some kind of news when that's been evident for years, just simply taking a look at how he changes from DMC3 to 4. And this game takes place 7 years after that one so I really don't understand where all this surprise comes from.
Another thing I picked up on while playing DMC4 SE was neros's alternate costume, the one without a hood, looks like the same coat he's wearing in this game.