Capcom really should have waited a few more years (or two sequels) before screwing with Dante's image. As far as I can see no one is opposed to the actual DMC game. However they would accept it if it were a new character.
It's all good since it's a different universe though. Original Dante won't be succeeded by this design, nor are the events canon.
I actually kind wonder when should the series have restarted. Every single game have screwed up the storyline somehow. DMC1 - by being a failure, DMC2 - by sealing any hope for a continuation, DMC3 - by adding more useless characters and ruining Vergil, DMC4 - by making Nero his son (Vergil was 15 when he became a father). Sparda is either 2000 or 60+ years old, Dante and Vergil - either 2000 or 20-something. Looking good, obviously DMC universe still has a lot of potential at being an even bigger failure, we can't stop having more sequels with braindead storylines and characters!
If anything, this is the best time to throw away that useless crap and forget about it.
What is a man? A miserable pile of se.. SHUT UP I AM SO TIRED OF PEOPLE QUOTING THAT, ENOUGH ALREADY, HAVE AT YOU!