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Devil May Cry 4
Gloria was going to be a fully-fledged character. According to Bingo Morihashi, he begged to be included in the game, to which they humored him. She was going to be one of the antagonists, but due to a number of problems, she was simply modified to be Trish in disguise.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Devil May Cry 4
According to Bingo Morihashi, Credo was originally planned to be the final boss of the game, similar to Vergil in Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening. The idea was abandoned due to writing complications.

"We actually planned to make him the final boss at one point. Final bosses are rarely young men, so that would have been exciting. But that would have been really hard on poor Kyrie. and she would come to resent Nero, so we realized that Credo shouldn't be an out-and-out villain. Besides ruining Nero and Kyrie's relationship, making him a villain would have been a rehash of the "family betrayal" plot from "DMC 3". So rather, he starts off doing questionable things but later has a change of heart. Credo was easy to craft, in that sense."
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Devil May Cry 4
According to Bingo Morihashi, the game was originally planned to dedicate a lot more time to Nero's story, rather than the semi-even split that ended up in the final game.

"At first, the intent was more of a 70/30 split, with Nero taking the larger role. Giving Dante nothing was unthinkable from a sales perspective, so we were bouncing around between 70/30 and 60/40. In the end, though, they each received an equal slice. We somehow gave Dante more missions and weapons than we expected to. (laughs)"
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Devil May Cry 4
According to the game's writer, Bingo Morihashi, Nero was originally envisioned as a noble and sophisticated demon hunter, akin to the likes of Sherlock Holmes. However, the idea was rejected, and the team heavily debated the type of character Nero should be.

"I think he came out all right in the end, but he actually started out as a Sherlock Holmes-type character, sipping tea as he fought off demons. (laughs) But they decided that wasn't such a good idea. (laughs) That was the angle I was gunning for, though. He wound up being your typical wild and crazy kid, but in that sense he resembles Dante quite a bit, so I thought we needed ways to distinguish between the two. I gave him one part Dante's wildness and one part Vergit's sophistication, which gave him a refined, noble nuance. But that wasn't well-received either. So I was told to simply write the scenario as if the character was Dante, and once the team was satisfied with the story's direction, we began to flesh out Nero; his childishness, his unexpected serious moments. I believe this anecdote has been mentioned in some interview somewhere, but the team debated over whether Nero would be the type to cover up his privates in a public bath or let it all hang out. The base for Nero's design is undoubtedly Dante, and if you aged him ten years, Nero would basically resemble Dante physically. After a lot of discussion, though, I was convinced that Nero would definitely cover up his junk in a public bath, whereas Dante wouldn't have ever cared about that from a young age, and it wouldn't make a difference to him as an adult in "DMC 4". either. But Nero begins as a more reserved young man, so the big questions were, 'Is that enough of a difference?' and 'Are we implying that he'll grow up to be just like Dante?'"
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
According to the game's writer, Bingo Morihashi, Lady was originally envisioned as an older seasoned demon hunter. However, Hideaki Itsuno rejected the idea in favor of an idea that would resonate with Japanese audiences.

"We originally planned to have her be older than Dante; that's how I would have liked it. (laughs) But Itsuno-san said, "No way." (laughs) He wanted a character that would go over well with the Japanese audience. My original proposal was a cigarette-smoking demon hunter who could act like a mentor to Dante, but Itsuno-san's response was, "No way. The only way she'll be popular with the Japanese audience is if she looks like a high-schooler." I had no choice, so I agreed to make the change. Trish already felt older than Dante, and the Dante in "DMC 3" is much younger, so it was decided that Lady should be slightly younger than Dante. Her appearance was up in the air for much of development, so I ended up writing her without a clear visual in mind. All we knew from the start was that she'd have black hair. Trish was blonde and Lucia was a redhead, so this almost Scandinavian-looking European should definitely have black hair; that's what the team decided on. Because what the Japanese audience definitely didn't want was more blondes or swarthy girls. The whole team agreed that "DMC 3" was a game made for the Japanese. We were happy to worry about the rest of the world later, because first and foremost, we - the creators - would have been in a bad place if the game wasn't a hit in Japan. Sure, we could have moved millions of units overseas and only tens of thousands in Japan, but focusing on the numbers like that and aiming for foreign sales would have been abandoning the Japanese fans who had supported us this whole time. That was the thought process, so we buckled down and concentrated on making a game that would do well in Japan. Vergil's katana and sword-draw techniques were also nods to the Japanese fans; we figured that most foreigners probably wouldn't understand that sleek, simple aesthetic. Lady's black hair, too. It wasn't easy. but we appealed to the audience we were aiming for."
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
There is an unused Splitscreen mode in the game's data that seems to imply that the Story Mode was going to support Local Co-op instead of just the Online Co-op it supports in the final release.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Devil May Cry 3: Dante's Awakening
There were originally going to be 100 Legion demons that fought during the Arkham boss fight, but due to hardware limitations, the modelers could only make about 20.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
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There was a scrapped level in the Xbox 360, PS3, PS2, and Wii versions of the game that would have taken place right outside and in front of the Hoover Dam for both Autobot and Decepticon campaigns. The Autobots Bumblebee and Optimus would have had to defend the humans escaping the compromised Dam. Then Optimus would have a battle with Megatron atop the Dam in an attempt to knock the Decepticon leader off, and all of this would culminate in a battle with Bonecrusher. Meanwhile in the Decepticon story, Blackout is tasked with destroying the Dam and then Bumblebee. Following that, Megatron awakens and the player plays as him as he decimates the landmark. These scrapped levels are somewhat playable in the Wii and PS3 releases via hacks but some of the mission chapters are incomplete and thus the levels themselves are unbeatable.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Devil May Cry
When the development of the game shifted from being Resident Evil 4 many of the enemies had to be altered.

"As far as design goes, Beelzebub was completely unchanged. However, its polygon count was much lower than when the game was "RE 4". The same goes for Blade, minus the armor. It was original, a Hunter for "RE'. You know how Phantom has flames running through its body? In "RE 4", that was going to be blood instead. Also, if you just make Griffon a bit more ragged-looking, that's basically his "RE 4" design. As soon as we switched to "DMC", we were told to patch up our monsters. Give them some first aid, if you will. They were original, zombie-like creatures, so we had to extract that zombie virus and make them healthy again. (laughs)"
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Devil May Cry
According to the game's motion artists, Tomoya Ohtsubo and Yuichiro Hiraki, the game was not going to feature the ability to jump early in development. Hideki Kamiya himself was against having the ability to jump and had to be convinced of its addition.

"We eventually wore him down with the argument that a 3D game with so much action simply had to include the ability to jump. He relented in the end, albeit bitterly. Maybe he was thinking about how much extra work it would add?

But once it was decided. Kamiya-san's mood picked up. After jumping was implemented, he didn't hold back. exclaiming. "How about a double jump?" The stage designers weren't so pleased. We didn't build these stages to be viewed from such a high perspective'. they said. (laughs) But they did their best to adjust everything, only to be blindsided again by the introduction of the flying Devil Trigger mode. (laughs) We were on the sidelines of all this, but I felt bad for the stage designers, who went from stages designed for no jumping. to jumping, to double-jumping, and finally Devil Trigger mode flying."
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Devil May Cry
According to the motion artist, Yuichiro Hiraki, the shotgun "Coyote" was a leftover asset from Resident Evil 4's development. The idea of Dante wielding the shotgun one-handed was inspired by the use of shotguns in the Mad Max franchise.

"The shotgun was planned for "RE 4", so we already had its basic motions in place to some extent. But what can you do with a shotgun besides hold and fire it normally, with two hands? That's not stylish at all. But what if it's fired one-handed? That's how they did it in "Mad Max", after all. Given that the shotgun was a leftover asset from ''RE". I decided to do something even more unconventional with it; Dante would reload it with one hand. That touch really helped me break away from the shadow of "RE."
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
In the original version of the game, Kasumi was originally going to have a fighting style based on rapidly spinning. However, the hardware for the Model 2 engine could not handle the speed required for the technique. So the concept was scrapped. The idea was reintroduced when retooling the game for the PlayStation. Since the console was able to support a fast rotating character, a new character was added to the roster with the original idea for the fighting style. This character ultimately became Ayane, in the final game.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Dead or Alive Xtreme Beach Volleyball
Lisa was originally going to be named Monica. However, because of the allegations surrounding then-United States President Bill Clinton, the name "Monica" would draw too much negative attention. So the name was abandoned and eventually changed to Lisa.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
According to the series creator, Tomonobu Itagaki, Omega was originally planned to have Genra split into four and attack the player with different spells. The plan was abandoned when the process didn't work.
Contributed by DrakeVagabond
Deltarune
Within the data for Chapter 1 is an unused attack for Spoiler:Jevil that consists of multiple spades converging into the center of the Bullet Board in a cross pattern. This attack would eventually be repurposed for the rematch against Berdly in Cyber City during Chapter 2, albeit with tornados in place of spades.
Contributed by game4brains
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There is an unused Game Modes tab on the disc that comes with data suggesting that there were other game modes planned like "Boss Mode" and "Explore Mode", however no further data exists on these modes.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Although there are a total of 20 unused Mini-Cons in the game's data, most of them are just text strings. However, two were extensively worked on before being scrapped. The first one was called "Endgame" and would have summoned large "holes in the fabric of space" that would have sucked enemies and objects into them. The second dropped Mini-Con is called "Bug-Out" and would have called upon "Emergency Warp Gates". Although Endgame was scrapped, his model was reused for in-game Mini-Cons Discord, Twister, and Overwatch.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
Deltarune
In a livestream of Chapter 1 conducted for Undertale's sixth anniversary, Toby Fox stated that the chapter was originally meant to include a number of branching options like in Undertale, such as Kris being able to partner with either Susie or Ralsei depending on their actions up to the first K. Round fight. However, much of these ideas were cut both to avoid dragging out development and to streamline the plot; the resulting linearity ended up being incorporated into the game's narrative, resulting in Chapter 1's heavy focus on a lack of agency.
Contributed by game4brains
There are cut Transmission logs in the game's data that would have played before every level. These logs took the form of Autobots frantically and intensely contacting Optimus and the crew from Iacon on Cybertron about the planet Junkion, a key planet from Transformers lore that contains a robotic race of technologically adept robots. These logs would have even featured Autobot characters not in the final game at all, including Scavenger, Jetfire, Smokescreen, Sideswipe, and Blurr. Another thing about the logs is that they would also have revealed the origin of the Decepticlones: Megatron took advantage of the Junkion's inventive prowess and their "Hyper Power" cloning technology to make his near unstoppable army. Spoiler:The off-world Autobots would have also warned Optimus and the Earth team about Unicron's arrival to Cybertron when the Earth team arrived at Pacific Island.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
The game was initially set to be released with the name "Transformers Armada: Prelude to Energon", baring the name of the show and toy line which it's based upon. Review copies were even sent out with this name in place, however, when the game was launched at retail, the name was changed for unknown reasons.
Contributed by PirateGoofy
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