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EA announces Dante’s Inferno

Monday, 15th December 2008 08:10 GMT By Patrick Garratt

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EA just press released Dante’s Inferno. The game was announced tonight that the VGAs.

There’s little detail on the game aside from the fact it’s being developed internally at Redwood Shores and is, obviously, based on the Divine Comedy.

“The time is right for the world of interactive entertainment to adapt this literary masterpiece, and to re-introduce Dante to an audience who, until now, may have been unfamiliar with the remarkable details of this great work of art,” said Jonathan Knight, executive producer for the game.

“It’s the perfect opportunity to fuse great gameplay with great story.”

It’s out next year. Press release after the break.

EA Sends Players to Hell in Epic Action Game Dantes Inferno
Monday December 15, 2:00 am ET

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate.* An abducted soul, a lifetime of sins, a journey to the depths of despair. Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: ERTS – News) announced today that EA Redwood Shores, the studio behind the hit horror game Dead Space™, is now working on another original property — this one based on the medieval epic poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. The dark fiction gave birth to the Tuscan Italian dialect and is widely considered the work that has defined the western world’s contemporary conception of hell and purgatory. The poem tells the tale of Dante who journeys through the twisted, menacing nine circles of hell in pursuit of his beloved Beatrice. Dante’s tortured and tormented world is an ideal setting for this 3rd person action and adventure of a video game, Dante’s Inferno™.

Written in the 14th Century, The Divine Comedy was published and read aloud in Italian (unlike the Bible), thereby making the poem accessible to the mass public. The poem delivers a striking and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife and the punishments of hell. In part one, known as Dante’s Inferno, Dante traverses all nine circles of hell; limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery.

“The time is right for the world of interactive entertainment to adapt this literary masterpiece, and to re-introduce Dante to an audience who, until now, may have been unfamiliar with the remarkable details of this great work of art,” said Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer for Dante’s Inferno. “It’s the perfect opportunity to fuse great gameplay with great story.”

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* Translation: Abandon all hope, ye who enter here.

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  1. Gekidami

    Theres also a trailer on gametrailers.com (actually theres HD trailers for everything shown at VGA), looked ok up to the point the main character was introduced. over all its probaly another standard EA-grade game…

    #1 6 years ago
  2. Blerk

    Ah, as I thought – EA’s take on God of War. The main character looks a bit dull and generic, but you can’t knock a guy who smashes a crucifix into someone’s skull. :-D

    #2 6 years ago
  3. SticKboy

    Sounds very interesting, just hope the actual mechanics match up to the setting. I’m all for games being based on literature and I do like this new, shiny EA.

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Mad-elph

    it hurts… pain…
    Being a Classics student and having read the Divine Comedy from a Political Philosophy perspective this fails to live up to that interpretation.

    My prof would be shaking his head, as he enjoyed talking about the flailing breasts and crazy sex organ beasts, but Dante himself was a timid little thing….

    Anyway they can do a rework as its not ready for a year…

    #4 6 years ago
  5. Psychotext

    I’ve been meaning to buy a good translation of this. The last one I bought was a study guide. =/

    Anyone got any suggestions?

    #5 6 years ago