Dante's Inferno ignites Feb. 9, Bad Company 2 marches on March 2

GamesCom 2009: Electronic Arts firms up its first quarter release schedule with concrete dates for devilish action game, destruction-heavy military shooter.

Electronic Arts is planning for a packed first quarter of 2010. Last week, the publisher dated its upcoming mercenary action game Army of Two: The 40th Day, dropping the co-op-friendly sequel into stores January 12. Today, EA kicked off GamesCom in Cologne, Germany, by staking its claim to February and March as well, dating Dante's Inferno for February 9 (February 12 in Europe) and setting Bad Company 2 for March 2 (March 5 in Europe).

Dante will arrive just in time for Valentine's Day.

Like the epic poem it's based on, Dante's Inferno follows a descent through the nine circles of hell--limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, violence, heresy, fraud, and treachery--where a sinner's soul suffers for all eternity. Rather than seeing the protagonist as a passive visitor, the game reimagines Dante as a fierce scythe-wielding warrior who must slay all manner of demonic creatures to rescue his ladylove Beatrice. The first part of a six-issue comic adaptation of the game will arrive from DC Comics/Wildstorm on December 9, and an animated feature from Starz Media will accompany the game at its release date. Dante's Inferno is set for release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PSP.

A direct sequel to last year's console-exclusive game, Bad Company 2 picks back up with the derelict B Company, which comprises a fictitious US military's expendable misfits and outcasts. Destructible environments, which were a core component of the original game, will again play front and center in Bad Company 2, thanks to further revisions to its proprietary Frostbite game engine. EA also promises a new special emphasis on vehicular combat, with 15 different rides from which to choose. Bad Company 2 is set for release on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and PC.

For more on GamesCom, check out GameSpot's continuing coverage live from Germany.

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Wolfie600
Wolfie600

The year is not yet over and they already gave releases for next year? Seriously those are dumb release dates. 2009 will still have awesome releases i hope. Mw2 , Halo:ODST are on my to buy list.

kamizuka
kamizuka

well i hope this game is similar to god of war, but i just find it weird they are lunching it only a mounth be4 Gow3

Imperator2007
Imperator2007

Dante's Inferno is going to be awesome, despite its similarities to God of War. Its definitely not a blatant rip off of God of War. There are certainly game play similarities between the two, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. If a style of gaming is good, it should be explored further. Its like saying every first person shooter is a rip off of doom, for example, because it popularized that gaming genre. Also, God of War wasn't the first game of its type. We don't hear people whining about its similarities to Devil May Cry, so lets just wait and see if its as good as I hope it will be. Why pass on a great game because you feel its too similar to another great game? That's just stupid.

advocacy
advocacy

Dante's Inferno is going to be wicked sick.

denicola_a_god
denicola_a_god

omg 2010 is going to absolutely packed with sick games i cannot wait

chimera23
chimera23

MW2 or BC2 :S:S:S:S I think i will be getting both:D

quickdarthnick
quickdarthnick

I've been playing battlefield since 1942 came out in 202 for the PC.....I was non to happy to hear that BC1 would only be for consoles, however I am very appreciative to EA since the realized there mistake and are bringing BC2 to PC.....its gonna OWN.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Thank you, EA!! :D Going to pre-order soon

Excedra
Excedra

dantes gonna own....

Excedra
Excedra

dantes gonna own....

coopere
coopere

that is my birthday. this will make a good present.

kamizuka
kamizuka

@dylan417 IF and IF that hapend it would and might fail for the Ps3 sales, but i really like Dante's Inferno and GOW3 because all games should be like this, not the Stupid FPS: you buy the game for 50$ and only play the game ones

dylan417
dylan417

if God of War III comes out anywhere near Dante's Inferno, Dante's Inferno is going to fail.

dylan417
dylan417

looking at the new Bad Co. 2 screens, this game should be awesome.

DFBTG
DFBTG

Dante's Inferno. Really looking forward to that game. If the gameplay and narrative can stand up to the creature and level designs, I think we're golden.

NuKkU
NuKkU

Dante's Inferno i have a bad feeling about but Bad Company should sell wonders for EA

Pete5506
Pete5506

Sweet good to see that BC2 has date

Sins-of-Mosin
Sins-of-Mosin

I might need a break from Borderlands by then.

taylormadederek
taylormadederek

I wont be getting either at launch. They really do not have anything too spectacular to offer by the looks of it.

RavenXavier
RavenXavier

Go check out the Dev Diaries for Dante's Inferno. This game is gonna be SICK...In a Good way :)

REgrl4life
REgrl4life

hahaha i get battlefied 2 on my birthday xD

CobaltJewel1
CobaltJewel1

Dante's Inferno looks stunningly silly-- not sure if that's good or bad, actually.

rangegear
rangegear

2 great games. only 1 month apart. awesome!

ord1000
ord1000

Dante's Inferno is coming out on Feb 12 2010. Has this been delayed? I'm pretty sure it was originally a 2009 release. **sigh** I would have purchased this if it was out this year but Feb 2010? Sod that! I'll wait till God Of War III a month or 2 later.

suicidalblues
suicidalblues

@mikeyvp87 ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ At about this time Sony will be lifting the embagos on GOW3 and i don't if it can overcome the fact that it is a shameless clone of GOW. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Amen, I couldn't have said it better. All these kids trying to fool themselves that this isn't a blatant ripoff are retarded. I don't mind similar games, but when you release a game in the same window as the one you have stolen from that's pretty dumb. God of War III for me, this is bargain bin material.

worth-my-time
worth-my-time

id have to agree with lamprey263 on the fun thing but when it comes down to just shooting CoD is much better than bad company

lamprey263
lamprey263

I originally heard that EA wants to release this as far away from Modern Warfare 2 as they can so it has a not so competitive release window... though I'm probably in the minority opinion here, but I'd chose Bad Company over CoD just over the multiplayer, to me it's just a lot more fun to play

GOWzztrippinzz
GOWzztrippinzz

Hopefully I'll have beaten all of my holiday season titles by then XD.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

i'd like to see some gameplay footage of dante's inferno plz!!!

Beastcake
Beastcake

Both of these games will be awesome.

shkar
shkar

I will be looking for this one ,,,,,,,,,,,

boyd803
boyd803

great! im looking foward to dante's inferno!

RonTorque
RonTorque

Dante's Inferno it is and it will be.

mattg90520
mattg90520

awesome to hear a game being released right before my birthday so i can have something new to play then. last year, re5 had to be released march 13th instead of feb 13th

deadcowboy6
deadcowboy6

wow an awesome game from EA for the first 3 months of the year

dukerav
dukerav

Im liking most of what I am seeing out of EA's lineup, cant wait. Also excited for the Brutal Legend demo!

DEATH775
DEATH775

Definitely going to get Dante's

Rottenwood
Rottenwood

Anything's better than another God of War, I guess. Consider me a mild cheerleader for Dante's Inferno, even if their marketing campaign has been asinine, bordering on offensive.

mikeyvp87
mikeyvp87

Um i'm going to get hate for this but i don't care. This is a bad launch date. This game needed to be released late January. At about this time Sony will be lifting the embagos on GOW3 and i don't if it can overcome the fact that it is a shameless clone of GOW. I hope it's good cause i'll get it but i might wait on it seeing as how QI2010 will be so awesome.

tarikm92f
tarikm92f

i'll buy dante's inferno and gow3 if i got money. if i have to choose between these 2 i'll buy gow 3 instead

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

@bodboy466 Kratos is a made up character Sony created and lightly adds in true Greek Mythology while mostly making up their own story and folklore themselves within the game. Dante's Inferno is a very old poem written by Dante Alighari, this game is not imitating God of War......Nothing against GOW either, I love that franchise.

KingDustero
KingDustero

I'll wait until major and get GoW III instead of Dante's Inferno. Man I have a lot of games to get. Oct. 13 Uncharted 2 Nov. 10 Modern Warfare 2 Nov. 17 Assassin's Creed 2 Jan. 26 MAG March 2 Bad Company 2 March God of War III 2010 Gran Turismo 5 and Modnation Racers There might be more I forgot to put in. Man this is a great time to own a PS3.

Kid_Black_Star
Kid_Black_Star

Yaay BF bad company 2 comes out on my birthday im one lucky bastard XD

Bodboy466
Bodboy466

That was probably a wise choice, releasing it a month before God of War III. You don't want Kratos breathing down your neck, catching you in the act of imitating him. That would be scary as hell.

shawn7324
shawn7324

Bad Company has been slated 2010 for awhile now & will be a day one purchase for me. Dante's Inferno looks good, however I'll either rent it or buy it used.