EA stokes Dante's Inferno

Dead Space studio condemns players to travel the nine circles of hell in third-person action adventure game.

Last week, Electronic Arts revealed itself as the new publisher of Brutal Legend, Double Fine Productions' action-adventure romp through hell with rock roadie Eddie Riggs. The setting apparently suits EA, given that today the company confirmed another hell-bound game, Dante's Inferno.

He's wondering how EA's going to do it, too.

Based on The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri, Dante's Inferno is a third-person action adventure in which players traverse the nine circles of hell: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, heresy, violence, fraud, and treachery. The game is under development at EA Redwood Shores, the same studio responsible for October's critically praised survival horror game Dead Space. EA did not specify a release date for the game, but according to a Variety report that revealed the game's existence last month, it is set for a 2009 launch.

This is not the first time Dante's body of work has been used as fodder for a video game. Beyond Games swapped the epic poem's title for its 1986 Commodore 64 effort, Dante's Inferno, and Irrational Games' canceled Xbox, PlayStation 2, and PC game The Lost also mined Alighieri's work for inspiration.

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271 comments
real_blade
real_blade

will this game support in-game xmb music...??

Voffie
Voffie

This is an excellent idea! Will they be faithful to the book and do something original? Probably, just watch the main guy with his big scythe, that's spot on. I think that's great, reimagining older stuff and spice it up a bit with action, we need that nowadays so we don't get bored to death. I can see more: Shakespeare with Tonfas, Goethe throwing sawblades, Sherlock Holmes going Kung Fu (wait that's being done too already).

masha2932
masha2932

Only nine levels, hopefully it isnt too short

Mr_Versipellis
Mr_Versipellis

Hmmm, seeing as it's from the Dead Space guys, this should be great if they stick to Dante's lore.

CT-Link
CT-Link

If it's from the geniouses that made Dead Space, count me in.

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

i would like to see how it works, hopefully it will be as good as dead space

kuroshiro99
kuroshiro99

are we going to play as dante? and, are we going to meet vergil?

tomhenley
tomhenley

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baake2007
baake2007

EA delivered on dead space. Im sure they will do great on this one too.

TBear7130
TBear7130

"third-person action adventure" Does that mean it is going to be like a Diablo setup? Sounds like a great idea and the talent is there, cant wait to see more.

avarice789
avarice789

this game is going to be SICK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!(in a good way) defintely getting this game.

beekayjay
beekayjay

Well if just a fraction of the creative team behind Deadspace is involved, then maybe this has a snowball's chance.....in hell!!

CureForLiving
CureForLiving

From the trailer it looks a bit DMC like if you asked me.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Amazing! I can't wait to pre-order this game! :D

ynfive
ynfive

Interesting, if they pull it off it could be a gamplay flow that will be new and different. I guess I should read the original Dante's Inferno for once, oh yeah on that thought I should read War and Peace, but I wouldn't expect a game to fully capture the original intent of those works.

Yazu13
Yazu13

I would love nothing more than to see that they pulled off the ninth level well. For those that don't know, the ninth level of Hell in Dante's Inferno is a place that has never seen light and is covered in ice since there is no warmth in it. I'm picturing a completely black background with icebergs floating in nothingness. Think the door to light at the end of Kingdom Hearts 1 minus the door itself. That would just be cool to see.

cocomacoco
cocomacoco

I think this is going to be good, better than Dead Space.

Unholy_Terror
Unholy_Terror

Well yeah, there's no chance that this will be very faithful to the book, but it's an interesting premise. I just hope it doesn't just end up being a generic 9 level game

mspranav
mspranav

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DecadesOfGaming
DecadesOfGaming

Sounds good ! Another one to add to the tracking list !!

RGDT021
RGDT021

Well said Trindris... well said.

KRACKAA
KRACKAA

been waiting for a Dante adaptation for a while. thought hollywood would get there first but good on ya EA. can't wait to see how this turns out. i'm hoping; violent, sick and scary as f***. (something à la Doom 3's Hell, but better.)

Sacred-Snow
Sacred-Snow

hmm dead space is good. scary. probably get this

darfvader
darfvader

WOW, this is a toughie. whats next a WHOLE Divine Comedy game? How do you a approach this i mean woha alot of thinking has to be done. Maybe well have A thus spoke zarathustra game? you play nietzhe and you and a pack of elite over man go to assasinate kant(well i have taken liberties with the story and threw everything except the writer out of the window).

Trindris
Trindris

This is retarded. I guess it could be good though.

king23_
king23_

Not sure what to make of this.

Bozanimal
Bozanimal

Dante, run, before Uwe Boll sees what they've done to your masterpiece!

btowntkd
btowntkd

If you watch the trailer, it's a bit much at the end; the character kills a demon by hitting it in the head with a cross. Like a bad action movie. Still, I have high hopes for this game, as it seems rather original.

Amir29
Amir29

Good development team + Good book = A lot of potential

Admiral_Hull
Admiral_Hull

This can't possibly be faithful to the book. Dante was traveling through Hell to gain enlightenment on the true path to God. He never fought anyone: no demons, devils, beasts, what have you; some of the Furies threatened to sick a Medusa on him, but an angel came down and saved him before anything bad happened. Everything was allegorical to show that how you lived in life, you suffered in death; it was neither a pure adventure story nor a horror story, though admittedly it had elements of both. I'm not saying it'll be a bad game. I actually think it has a lot of potential. I just expect it will take quite a few liberties.

xMADxDOGx
xMADxDOGx

danteeeeeeeee....................., who was danteeeeeeeeeeeeee....... : renessans ...he was a writer who first wrote a book about comparing hell whit earth , haaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa............. 21st century : dante = superhero , now ********* a kat..............

Xeonea
Xeonea

This is going to be so freaking sick...

yanks1112
yanks1112

It's about time! The books are incredible also!

Fatal_Byte
Fatal_Byte

It sounds pretty interesting. Which circle will the workplace be located?

Bladewyrm89
Bladewyrm89

i don't think its gonna be very much like the book, but i like the premise anyways and can't wait to see what they do with it

Zee666
Zee666

MMmmmmmmm, dead space guys making it...

joopyme
joopyme

dead space is awesome, imo...

killer_rabbit20
killer_rabbit20

Looks interesting... But seeing as how Dead Space wasn't very scary and they used the same "He looks like he's dead but he's gunna jump at you when you get close to 'Scare' you" trick over and over again it lost all it's scary-ness. This game does look like it might be good though. @ People saying Christians won't like this game i'm a Christian and i think it looks good so yeah...

Leamg2000
Leamg2000

whats the point in this game? If your in hell then surely your already dead so therefore takes away the point of most survival games dont ya think?

The_Unknown1
The_Unknown1

One thing is sure it's gonna be hell lot scary. Seeing how dead space was.

ScionofEntropy
ScionofEntropy

Good concept, but I don't remember massive amounts of action in Inferno so much as... lots of talking. Out of morbid curiosity, I'll have to keep an eye on this.