A prequel game as tony redgrave, and having 2 allow you to do missions as a demon hurting merc ties into my sandbox or open world idea for DMC2
I had a friend who thought of DMC2 as a prequel so that could be an option for a rewrite.May also be a lot more fun that what we originally got, also as a merc he may have done things that darkened his soul
Could explain his lack of energy and personality in 2, as hardened mercs are often depicted as closed off and blunt and have ptsd
Would you do a body horror segment? You could lean into Uroborous experimenting on people.Well to me that is down to level design and music, you could dante going through catacombs under a church or through a dimly lit abandoned or shutdown hospital, an old mansion maybe or an asylum
Fighting demons and spirits and other things, all while eerie music is mixed in with metal music depending on if he is in combat or not.
The tombs of Dumary Island could use that vibe.Ya DMC1 dante was albino leon ha ha , but the re style atmosphere and horror style could work in DMC2
Confined spaces to fight in being mixed in with the larger open spaces would help that
You could have a linear path and a metroidvania style path for repeat playthroughs.A Gears of war 5 approach could work too, instead of 20 missions do multiple acts, with some acts being linear and horror like the old mission style
And then so sandbox style explorable acts where you can dial up the combos and be ott with the action.