Dante's Inferno firing up DC Comics

Last year, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games' critically acclaimed horror survival game Dead Space expanded into other media in the form of a comic book and an animated feature from Starz Media. Now, the publisher and internal developer's next effort is getting a similar one-two punch into other...

Last year, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games' critically acclaimed horror survival game Dead Space expanded into other media in the form of a comic book and an animated feature from Starz Media. Now, the publisher and internal developer's next effort is getting a similar one-two punch into other media.

Today, Electronic Arts announced that it is partnering with DC Comics on a miniseries based on Visceral's forthcoming Dante's Inferno. Two former artists from rival comic book company Marvel, X-Men writer Christos Gage and Incredible Hulk illustrator Diego Latorre, will craft the six-issue run, the first of which will go on sale in December 2009. A preview edition will, naturally, be available at this week's Comic-Con 2009, where EA is heavily promoting the game and premiering the trailer for its Starz channel animated spin-off.

The Dante's Inferno comic will follow the storyline of the Dante's Inferno game, which is itself inspired by Dante Alighieri's epic 14th-century poem, The Divine Comedy. All three tell the story of the descent through the nine circles of hell--limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, violence, heresy, fraud, and treachery--where sinners' souls suffer for all eternity. Rather than seeing him as a passive visitor, the game and comic reimagine Dante as a fierce scythe-wielding warrior who must slay all manner of demonic creatures to rescue his ladylove Beatrice, who is featured more prominently in the comic.

Dante's Inferno ships in early 2010 for the PSP, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. A developer diary released this month (viewable below) offers the latest look at the game's progression.

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32 comments
night_haunter
night_haunter

@zerobeam i agree with you man, many great games have comic made after them like halo 3, metal gear solid, gears of war, mirrors edge, resistance, dead space, perfect dark, and many more! not only is this game gonna be the most brutal of the year but it will also have a brutal comic!

Zerobeam
Zerobeam

I like the idea of more and more video games getting comics behind them...

hollow56771
hollow56771

I Know everyone is say this but i have i say too. This Game looks bad ass

Glade_Gnarr
Glade_Gnarr

The game looks great but I'm really getting tired of developers expanding the universe before the game makes a name for itself. I know it's a marketing thing but (like most of them) it's really annoying.

Eizikrel
Eizikrel

I don't know about this game. I mean, it looks pretty sick, but it also kind of makes a mockery of the real Dante's Inferno. I mean, I like the idea of playing through the nine circles of hell and stuff, but I don't know how well they're going to stick to the story, and how much of it will be flashy bull****. It also reminds me too much of God of War. But I guess we'll see.

driton
driton

Man did you see that scythe:D? This game is going to kick ass.

NIGTHDEATH
NIGTHDEATH

"This game is Disturbing" -quote from the producer guy. 100% true, and indeed, looks really good.

Wings_008
Wings_008

EA seems on fire lately Crysis on 07, Dead Space last year and now Dante's Inferno they used to make a ton of games that are from big franchise like NFS or MoH that were derivative, now it looks it's rethinking it's strategy

Hairygrim
Hairygrim

Though I know it's 'based off' the poem, I rather wish it was just titled 'Inferno' or something that flaunts it less, as TBH it's barely at all like the poem. Don't get me wrong, it most definitely looks awesome, but it's not really doing much good for it's namesake.

tremor33
tremor33

This game looks f'ing awesome. Def gonna get this. And to those who cry about a poem being ruined: The poem wouldn't have made a good game because Dante was mostly an impartial observer so that wouldn't have been a good game. Probably would have been like a gruesome Pokemon Snap.

Ultiwarlord
Ultiwarlord

GO TO HELLL................................................................... OO nice phrase for the game

isaac124177
isaac124177

This is gonna be great ive played devil may cry 1-4 and ive played all the god of war games so it looks like there kinda put 2 gether so awesome

neonice13a
neonice13a

Looks amazong i cant waut it does seem to remind me of Devil may Cry

eddy737373
eddy737373

this game looks amazing and to everybody who says it looks like a god of war clone, have any of you played devil may cry?

x8VXU6
x8VXU6

this looks hot to me

NuKkU
NuKkU

man alot of games now have comics for them but Dante's Inferno just looks like a GOW clone to me probably wont like it

kvan33
kvan33

EA seems like they are trying really hard on this one, but I just don't think it will be a good game.

Melty123
Melty123

The game looks amazing, so I think the comic should be good.

sun_rider95
sun_rider95

well waiting for some gameplay and more videos

chaisemon
chaisemon

wow. lots of penises and boobs?? say wat? never seen any of those in any other games. lol i dont think anybody can b as cool as kratos, but this is just wow

GC4ever
GC4ever

@deimos113 ever heard of the term 'based off of?' this is going to be one great game, dont play beacuse u think it will ruin anything... but i guess u r shallow minded comic sounds great, hopefully i be able to find it never did find the one for dead space....

deimos113
deimos113

This game is going to be so warped from the book. Dante does not use a weapon, and he not rescuing Beatrice because she is in heaven. They are going to rape a timeless classic epic poem. Damn them!

pdevil21
pdevil21

The Heaven version of this game would be so boring...

Danishaslam
Danishaslam

Looks like God of war.. but its awesome... can't wait :(

Xirmi
Xirmi

Coming from the makers of Dead Space, I think Dante's Inferno will be excellent. All we have to do is wait and see.

Tikicobra
Tikicobra

I wish they'd just turn the original poem into a comic, rather than turn this adaption into one. Seeing the story unfold through dialogue and images would be awesome.

thorsen-ink
thorsen-ink

Last year, Electronic Arts and Visceral Games' critically acclaimed horror survival game Dead Space expanded into other media in the form of a comic book and an animated feature from Starz Media. Now, the publisher and internal developer's next effort is getting a similar one-two punch into other media.

Today, Electronic Arts announced that it is partnering with DC Comics on a miniseries based on Visceral's forthcoming Dante's Inferno. Two former artists from rival comic book company Marvel, X-Men writer Christos Gage and Incredible Hulk illustrator Diego Latorre, will craft the six-issue run, the first of which will go on sale in December 2009. A preview edition will, naturally, be available at this week's Comic-Con 2009, where EA is heavily promoting the game and premiering the trailer for its Starz channel animated spin-off.

The Dante's Inferno comic will follow the storyline of the Dante's Inferno game, which is itself inspired by Dante Alighieri's epic 14th-century poem, The Divine Comedy. All three tell the story of the descent through the nine circles of hell--limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, violence, heresy, fraud, and treachery--where sinners' souls suffer for all eternity. Rather than seeing him as a passive visitor, the game and comic reimagine Dante as a fierce scythe-wielding warrior who must slay all manner of demonic creatures to rescue his ladylove Beatrice, who is featured more prominently in the comic.

Dante's Inferno ships in early 2010 for the PSP, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. A developer diary released this month (viewable below) offers the latest look at the game's progression.

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