Dante's Inferno demo dated

EA's descent into hell begins on PS3 December 10, with Xbox 360 edition following on Christmas Eve; no PSP sampler scheduled.

EA has employed a number of subtle techniques to build hype for Dante's Inferno. At the 2009 Electronic Entertainment Expo, the publisher had faux bible-thumping protestors hold vigil outside the conference. Last month, EA waded into the viral marketing space with a promotional Web site for the ludicrously fake genuflection simulation Mass: We Pray.

The publisher isn't forsaking all orthodox methods of game promotion, however, as EA today announced that a free sample of Dante's Inferno will be available later this month. PlayStation 3 gamers will be able to pick up the Dante's Inferno Gates to Hell demo on December 10, with the Xbox Live edition landing on Christmas Eve. Though the full version of the game will also be released on the PSP, EA said that the demo will only be available on consoles.

Hell may be hot, but at least it doesn't require sunscreen.

The Gates of Hell demo will give gamers the chance to play through the first level of Dante's Inferno. Players assume the role of Dante Alighieri, whom EA has taken artistic license to transform into a crusading knight in search of his kidnapped love, Beatrice. In the full version of the game, players will venture forth into the Nine Circles of Hell, combating any manner of monstrosities and demons, as well as Death incarnate.

Dante's Inferno is due for the Xbox 360, PS3, and PSP on February 9 in North America. For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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130 comments
xshadowzz
xshadowzz

at the end of the trailer: Dante's Inferno...''Go to hell'' hahahaha, i lol'd

gamer082009
gamer082009

@rowleylisa Naw, actually I like Barbies Great Ju Ju Adventures...boy those Barbie games really are fun...

kelt321
kelt321

Maybe they will put it out in the evening. GIVE ME MY DEMO

J_Aguiar
J_Aguiar

Were is the demo?? i cant find him

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

@dstv haha, looks like you stayed up past midnight waiting for the demo to hit PSN Store JUST LIKE ME! Now, where the heck IS IT!?!? AHH

rowleylisa
rowleylisa

@gamer082009 you say it dont look interesting because im shure your one of people that like hannah montana dante`s inferno looks sweet

dstv
dstv

its already decemer 10 here

XO422
XO422

demo comes out tomorrow can't wait=)

theguf
theguf

If the demo is anywhere near the GoW3 demo, both will be donning my shelf. I hope the level designs live up to the hype.

zoarster
zoarster

This game looks pretty good but I'm sick of EA claiming they're trying to be true to the original work. If Ubisoft hired the historical experts to get AC2 right, you'd think EA would at least hire enough literary experts to get the pronunciation of Beatrice right (It's be-A-tri-CHE)

bartek21
bartek21

Honestly, the same studio made Dead Space and that game was amazing. If they put in the same effort into this game and made it the same quality as Dead Space then this will be one hell of a game!

Irish-J
Irish-J

I've been following this for a while...can't wait!!!

buft
buft

@airshocker i agree with you on that,the worst thing about developer these days it that they will usually hold off on releasing any info until we see it in the shops and buy there games if they know its gonna be bad

airshocker
airshocker

If they're releasing a demo then this game has a very good chance of being decent. Take Rogue Warrior for instance. No hype, no demo, no fan base, and it scored a 2. Most games that release demos are usually pretty solid. But as always, I will await a review of any game before I buy it.

oneligas
oneligas

why aren't there more evil/metal/violent games like this? it would make the world a better place for those who enjoy games that enjoy the twisted darkness of certain games.

kvan33
kvan33

By the looks of it, EA focused about 90% of their efforts on shock value and 10% on gameplay. I feel that it is appropriate to say that if this game doesn't suck, then hell has frozen over.

muppen
muppen

Can't wait to try it out!

Cetanu07
Cetanu07

i hope this game isnt short

joeborg14
joeborg14

What, a game that's actually being released on the PS3 before the 360??? This really is the end of the world!

Shinkada
Shinkada

I look forward to emitting a terrible wail of sorrow-induced laughter, as I see just how brutally this game will be censored for us Australians. As for the release date... C'mon guys, it's only half a month. Japanese devs routinely delays games released in the West by anywhere from 3 months to a year, EVEN THOUGH THE GAME IS ALREADY IN 100% ENGLISH INCLUDING VOICES, just because they're nationalistic. THAT'S something to get angry about. 15 days for a demo? Gimme a break. Hardly the end of the world.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Great news. I can't wait to play this game on the amazing X360! :D

wooooode
wooooode

Have not been following it but will gladly give it a shot.

Adziboy
Adziboy

I think they know their competing against God of War, so they're probably trying to be as nice to PS3 users as possible. I have no arguments against that, I own a PS3 myself!

PayneKiller
PayneKiller

EA favors Sony so I'm not surprised. Was looking forward to this since it's inception seems similar to God of War, can compare the demos next week then. I'll probly be getting both anyway as long as I don't see it get something like a review score below 6, which is highly unlikely..

gamer082009
gamer082009

They would give the least favorable game timed demo exclusivity to the PS3..game doesn't look very interesting if you ask me.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

But putting the demo's setback aside, I still think this game looks really awesome and I really need to get a job so I can buy it lol.

Simulator_Shock
Simulator_Shock

wtf? why is the 360 demo being released at the end of the month of Christmas Eve? I am not amused EA...

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

@ bassplayer275 I do this because people that have both consoles will likely be playing the demo on the PS3 first. However this will likely be inferior to the 360 version. This article is also about timed exclusive demos. \ \ Ummm.....use your head....NEXT???

KratosforLIFE
KratosforLIFE

=0... i dont know if u guys see it but at 1:54 -1:56 it looks like he is doing his thing

Archon_basic
Archon_basic

I would have been impressed by an adaptation of The Inferno that didn't involve dumbing down the story and giving Dante a giant scythe, but I guess that would have been too much to ask.

darkcomedian
darkcomedian

I already reserved my copy. The poem was beautiful.

WulffTL89
WulffTL89

Can't wait to play the demo! It looks great!

thedisturbedwol
thedisturbedwol

Sweet! I'm close to being sold on this game and in my opinion looks awesome. Now with a demo I'll be sure to know if it is for Me or not.

HonorOfGod
HonorOfGod

@volcomstoner180 lol whats with the Bob avatar XD

bassplayer275
bassplayer275

Nice. I can't wait for this. @taylormadederek Um... why do you find it necessary to compare and contrast the controllers of the 360 and the PS3 on an article about the Dante's Inferno demo? I think we all know the pro's and con's of both. Irrelevant. Next!

phatgirl
phatgirl

This isn't evil, charging three dollars for an avatar pet on xbox live is evil.

Tat77
Tat77

oneligas the game isnt "evil" your going to hell to save your wife

oneligas
oneligas

UNHOLY games make ME HAPPY! EVIL EVIL Yeaaaah!

dstv
dstv

looks cool

da_illest101
da_illest101

this is the preview of the preview of god of war 3's demo lol

da_illest101
da_illest101

this is the preview of the preview of god of war 3's demo lol

Rikuide_Furame
Rikuide_Furame

Smart move by EA; with GoW III assured of sales they're doing the right thing getting the demo out early.

volcomstoner180
volcomstoner180

this game will be bombtastic i have to wait to xmas eve tho...oh well i got lots of games to play till then so i shouldnt complain

PUREPL7YA
PUREPL7YA

@ASG_ Money might have something to do with PSN getting the demo first, but paying for timed exclusives doesn't sound too much like Sony. Either way I hope Visceral Games can make Dante's Inferno equal from a technical standpoint on all consoles for I would not be happy seeing the PS3 version get the short end of the stick with this one *cough* Bayonetta *cough*

ASG_
ASG_

I have a PS3, but I don't see how making demos exclusive affects anything except for people getting mad for not having it. Good way to earn money, eh.

Terrencec06
Terrencec06

nice trailer....Looking forward to the demo