Devil May Cry 5 receives awesome guest artwork from legendary Street Fighter / fighting game artists Shinkiro, Ikeno and Bengus

Posted by Dakota 'DarkHorse' Hills • March 14, 2019 at 5:16 p.m. PDT

Devil May Cry 5 has been out for around a week now with praise being showered upon it from critics and fans alike which has even Capcom saying they're back in business though there was some equally awesome art produced for the game that will now be quite difficult to get your hands on.

Two of Devil May Cry 5's limited edition bundles in Japan came with exclusive artwork from other Capcom artists, most of whom are best known for their works for Street Fighter titles or other fighting games.

Alongside an exclusive shirt, the e-Capcom Limited Edition of the game came with three bonus game sleeves / postcards with original DMC art from the likes of Shinkiro, Ikeno, and Chisato Mita.

Shinkiro is possibly the most well known name there as an artist that has contributed to some of SNK and Capcom's most iconic fighting games like Fatal Fury, Capcom vs. SNK, Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection. His special DMC5 work has Nero reaching out while Dante V and Nico all appear in the background in front of the game's demonic tree.

Daigo Ikeno also has a long history with the Street Fighter franchise for doing the main illustrations / designs for the characters in 3 and 4. He's also worked on Devil May Cry's third title as a character designer before coming back to reprise his role in DMC5.

The Japanese website GEO Online also offered its own steelbook special edition of DMC5 which came with a unique back cover featuring art from Bengus of Nero surrounded by the ladies of the game — including Lady. Working as the lead illustrator on Street Fighter 2, Bengus' works will forever be immortalized in fighting game history even if his SF5 story art doesn't quite match up.

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Chisato Mita has worked at Capcom for a number of years though she doesn't really have any illustrations tied to fighting games except for some recent work for the Capcom Beat Em Up Bundle.

Unfortunately, each of these special editions of Devil May Cry 5 are currently sold out, so you'll need to hit the re-sale market if you really want these pieces for yourselves — unless some owners decide to upload some more high resolution copies themselves.

You can take a look at all of the promotional art in the gallery above.

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