Dante's Inferno 2 development heating up?

Job listing points to work starting on "sequel to a major new IP" that will make its "franchise the world-leader in the action/melee-combat genre."

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Source: A job listing on Gamasutra spotted by Web-sleuthing blog Superannuation.

What we heard: On May 11, Electronic Arts announced that Dante's Inferno had sold over 1 million units since its release in February. With the tepidly reviewed game still a fixture on the game-rental charts, it shouldn't be terribly surprising that word of a sequel to the literary classic-inspired action game began to spread this week.

The source of the speculation is a job posting on Gamasutra for an open position at Visceral Games, the internal shop set up at EA's Redwood Shores campus last year. It is for an environment artist on "the sequel to a major new IP" that the EA Games label is "100% committed to." The listing promises that the "sequel will set new quality standards and make the franchise the world leader in the action/melee-combat genre."

EA may take another whack at Dante's Inferno.

While there's plenty of hand-to-hand head-bashing that goes on in Dead Space, it seems unlikely that the game described is Dead Space 2. For one, Dead Space 2 was announced last December, and Visceral developers are actively promoting it--meaning the project is hardly shrouded in secrecy. Also, the sequel was confirmed as recently as last week to be coming out on the PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360. The job listing for the unnamed game is for a developer with experience on the 360 and PS3, the two consoles that Dante's Inferno was released for. (A PSP version followed in March.) No mention is made of the PC.

Second is the listing's emphasis on the "action/melee-combat" genre. In Dead Space marketing materials, EA refers to Dead Space and its follow-up as "survival horror" titles and emphasizes its use of ranged weaponry to dismember ghoulish necromorphs. By contrast, the product description of Dante's Inferno plays up the "intense melee combat" of the God of War-like game.

The official story: EA reps had not responded to requests for comment as of press time.

Bogus or not bogus?: Looking not bogus. Most games that go platinum get sequels, and EA--which posted a $677 million annual loss last Tuesday--needs all the hits it can get.

Discussion

128 comments
farzin0047
farzin0047

all religion christion ,islam and all of the holy religion refer to the next world and they say you punish for your sin becarefull !!!!!!!!!!!1

farzin0047
farzin0047

this is great game because for its stories .it allert for all people that another world exist and you punished for you did before its not simple game its show future for the people who cruel the other its gave us big lesson

redlaith
redlaith

awesome the prev game was amazing

santinegrete
santinegrete

Just finished this game and a weird thing happened, something that should been happened after ending God of War 3: I inmediattly wanted to play it again. I liked the thinkering with my relics, what I can say? It was a like a simplified RPG feature to break the pace and think better (cuz the game was hard for me, loved that).

santinegrete
santinegrete

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JunglemanchiId
JunglemanchiId

I really like the game and think it is a shame that it's always compared to God of War. It's completely obvious they made the game because of the success of GOW but it stands as it's own game. I would really welcome a sequel though it surely could not be called Dantes Inferno 2 , rather Dantes Purgatorio or Purgatory :P

MikeLoesch1
MikeLoesch1

I really liked the game, more because of the story idea than the fighting. Come on how many times to you get to go to hell, hack a couple demons up, and then rip SATAN a new one I don't understand how the reviewer said that areas are unimaginative past circle 3, cause i thought they were pretty eerie.

Hiroo4
Hiroo4

Dante's Inferno is great for the first like three areas. Somewhere in the middle, I feel like the team became pressed for time and rushed it completely. The levels which were at first epic and exciting become bland and boring. The enemies are no longer unique to the areas, instead taking enemies designed for the other levels of hell and mixing them together. I look forward to the potential sequel, but only if they really tune up the quality. Like I said, I was completely absorbed into the early parts of the game! Keep that level of gameplay and I'll definitely give DI's purgatory a visit.

rebfaction
rebfaction

I welcome a sequel I love playing Dante's Inferno it's really a great game but it got riped apart by the gamespot reviewer comparing it to God Of War instead of reviewing the game on it's own merit.Dante's Inferno was unfairly reviewed by the reviewers pathetic attempted to discourage gamers from buying the game.

saintsrowpimp
saintsrowpimp

Dante's Inferno had great potenetial, but it was like they got lazy about halfway into it. the end of DI calls for a sequel but if they do i hope they make it good to the end of the game

voods07
voods07

DI had its flaws, but not enough to not see a sequel(not to mention it being an adaptation of 1 of the three poems). I welcome this. Up the textures and smack in Anti-aliasing, at the least.

qsrfgyhjil
qsrfgyhjil

i think inferno was one of the best games made so far call of duty, halo, and gears of war is the same thing every game they make. This game is different and fun, and how many times can you go to hell and back with out being trapped there once you enter.

BloomerNYC
BloomerNYC

Good...this was a good game that reviewers dumped on because they expect every game they play to be innovative and have new concepts. Two very different games but While Army of Two the 40th day was a fun rent, there is no way it deserved a better score than this game...are you kidding me?

Uesugi-dono
Uesugi-dono

Im playing it now and I love it. The setting is awesome.

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

The game was a fun rent but definitely not a buy. What are they going to do now? Dante's purgatory?

mimicus
mimicus

Apparently they don't teach reading in public schools anymore. 1,000,000 units sold. That's why. And if you don't want to, then don't. This article doesn't quote anyone at EA saying that if you played the original, you must play the sequel. Just because you beat Inferno in six or seven hours on Toddler Difficulty, doesn't make you a good judge of character.

MatzeEdend
MatzeEdend

Screw the sequel, I want my money back for the first one!

weedman1985
weedman1985

I don't think Dante's Inferno was so great that it warrants a sequel. Another franchise ripe for EA's milking, I guess. I wonder how much worse the sequel will be.

MacenKrace
MacenKrace

I'm sorry guys but a 7 hour game doesn't deserve a sequel.

poststillmatic
poststillmatic

I'm not comparing this to GOW. I am judging this game on it's own merit, and while it had some good points was not all that. Why now make a sequel unless it is worthy of one? no.

lock445
lock445

Good, but a game doesn't reach that point until AAA reviews and very large fanbases behind it, which Dante's Inferno is only so-so about.

basilisk100
basilisk100

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Khatjal
Khatjal

Unless they completely revamp the formula, they should toss this in the garbage heap. Dante's Inferno was a giant, over-hyped flop that tried far too much to be like GoW. Flesh out the story more, create memorable personae and improve the gameplay beyond senseless button mashing. Otherwise, I doubt gamers will be fooled twice into buying into this badly executed IP.

craig_mann
craig_mann

dante inferno was a good game in its own right, similar to GOW but who cares, GOW was way better though, personally, but dante was still fun plus the end battle on dante is just hilarious ahhaa, devils dong

mimicus
mimicus

I've been hoping for a game adaptation of Purgatorio since I beat Inferno. I know a lot of you didn't like it and I understand why, but the numbers don't lie. Inferno, despite a lot of inconsistencies and short-comings, is still a good game. If a game goes platinum, it definitely deserves a sequel consideration. If this rumor is true, I imagine that the sequel can only get better. Especially if EA is boasting about it being the new industry leader in "Action Melee Combat." That's a bold statement.

smm217
smm217

If you ask me, Dante's Inferno seems underrated. All everyone says is how it's like a GoW copycat. Don't get me wrong, GoW does seem better. Dante's Inferno was still a good game though.

IWKYB
IWKYB

The game needed to have more things to kill. The whole game had like 8 enemies...

payne6705
payne6705

Dante's inferno was ok it held my attention but too many jumping robe sections and ur "weak" attacks were TOO weak it took forever to kill enemies even when u upgraded..

red-ray
red-ray

It should be Dante's paradiso.

AltoShadow13
AltoShadow13

It was good game, the last two levels where bad but the rest of the game worked out well if there carful on how they go about this it could work.

jagfan44
jagfan44

Dante's Inferno rocked. I had a blast playing through it. A sequel would be great and a day-one buy for me. Let's hope this is true and it doesn't take EA 3 years to make this game.

Crash6
Crash6

Well I haven't finished this game yet 'cause the second half is so ridiculous but I will at some point. Overall though I am glad for the sequel 'cause there's plenty of room for improvement and I really think this franchise could turn into something special as long as Visceral fixes their mistakes from the first one and and keeps the story sensible and interesting.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

I really liked the game... it's kind of a grittier GOW.... now after GOW3, they are gonna really have to bring their A game... I love GOW but didn't really like 3 all that much... I had a better time with Dante's Inferno.... they're gonna have to bump those visuals up though, I have faith they can pull it off... *crosses fingers* And sorry tatton777 that the game was too lame for you, you might want to remember it's a game... whether your getting drilled by 100 bullets or are painted white with chains sew to your arms... it's a GAME... it's fake, make believe.... if you want "real" you need to find yourself a new hobby.

tatton777
tatton777

When that guy started shooting crucifixes beams that was it for me. How lame can a game get. LOL.

Pyromaniac210
Pyromaniac210

There were three parts to the Divine Comedy, weren't there? And I think Dante's Inferno only covered the first part, so I guess a sequel fits.

kingleo1976
kingleo1976

I Agree With (poststill...), This Game Was Good But It Wasn't Great Enough For Me 2 not Trade It In 4 Something Else.

Ladiesman17
Ladiesman17

simple-minded Kratos have opponent!! at least the main role of Dante's Inferno are not stupid!! ;)

poststillmatic
poststillmatic

The first game was not that bad, but it was definately top notch.

poststillmatic
poststillmatic

This game should not be made as a sequel. How many times are you going to go to hell and rescue the girl? My whole thing is if you're going to spend millions in development and advertising, do it right the first time. Don't do a mediocre job or half bake it and then push for a sequel.

gamepunk86
gamepunk86

it was a fun game the first time around but the second time i played it to get more trophies, man it was boring. i think they could've made hell look alot more interesting

jadefury27
jadefury27

loved the first one, but not sure where you go with a sequel. the story was easily the strongest part of this game. with god of war seemingly done therw's a void for a good hack n' slash and i think dante's inferno is good enough to fill it. until bayonetta 2 at least.

aryeec
aryeec

Answer me this. Is every game that comes along that's in the same genre as GoW a ripoff?... I say NO. Sure, there is a lot in common style-wise, but there's definitely going to be b/c it's the same genre.

Nuk1euz
Nuk1euz

Personally i loved DI because of the concept of the game as a whole. Not many games out there that capture Hell as well as this game, i liked the sexual and gross things in it, it pushes the envelope a little bit. They should continue to do this. I dont care much about being a copy of something else, GOW is a loved franchise so copying elements from such a great game makes the game quality similar to the game they copied from, thats how i think of it. I think people just like to hate something just for the sake of hating it. Seriously, we gone a long way from SNES days. Dont complain about trivial things like being a copy from somethin else or the graphics not looking like a live-action movie. Just enjoy the game.

Scottopia
Scottopia

All in all, the first game wasn't bad. But apart from a few things, it wasn't very memorable, either. I give EA a lot of credit for taking a chance on new IPs now, and hope they can get the second one right.

Kuruption84
Kuruption84

I've never played a game that the GS review was so spot on. I liked the first half of this game, but by the end it felt like a chore. I welcome a sequel, but they got some stuff to fix.

lilmurfer
lilmurfer

That was not unprecedented, considering the ending of the game. I would love a sequel, but I'm not begging for one.

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

The listing promises that the "sequel will set new quality standards and make the franchise the world leader in the action/melee-combat genre." WOW...those are mighty big words considering the first game barely manages to stand on its own two feet when compared to NG, DMC and GOW.

badtaker
badtaker

so no dante inferno 2 for PC. Atleast this time Ea has one excuse (First game was not on PC)