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.