For better or worse, with the direction DmC: Devil May Cry has taken, I would have figured the series' popular Bloody Palace mode would be an obvious inclusion; something familiar for long-time fans to fall back to once everything was said and done. The silence has been broken: the gauntlet will be making it to the game, but not until after launch.
Capcom announced today that Bloody Palace mode and its 100-some levels of demons is scheduled to arrive as a free update for all users "shortly after launch." DmC is out on January 15, 2013 for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360, and January 25 for the PC. As expected, players will need to clear the main game to access this mode. Thank goodness they didn't try to charge for this.