They have dropped the whole "element" thing as of DMC4.I do like the idea of elemental shotgun though, as well as what they did with charge shot.
DMC3 was full of elemental properties, weakness and defense.
I suspect it's due to inconsistency with Nero's Exceed mechanic.
If Nero's sword is charged with fire, won't that make his sword weak to fire enemies and automatically damaging and crippling for ice enemies?
Especially considering that the second boss Nero faces is a fire demon.
Even Dante no longer charges his guns based on his Devil Arm's elements.
Instead, he charges it with his own red-colored demonic aura.