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EA Announces Dante's Inferno

Those of you who have struggled your way through Dante Alighieri's "The Divine Comedy" are familiar with the concept of Dante's Inferno, which means you may be excited about EA's new project.

Only revealed as rumor before, it is now official: the team that gave you the excellent Dead Space is now hard at work on Dante's Inferno, a game based on the aforementioned 14th century novel that many believe "defined the western world's contemporary conception" of Hell, Purgatory and Heaven. If you're not quite familiar, it tells the tale of Dante, who travels through each of the three stages of the afterlife; from the agonizingly evil 9 Circles of Hell to the unspeakable glory and bliss of Heaven. He's in search of his beloved Beatrice, and he will brave any fear and withstand any punishment to find her again. It seems that this game, not surprisingly, will focus entirely on the first part of the book; which is of course "Inferno." This means the character will likely have to explore those Nine Circles: limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. Said Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer for the game:

"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. Its the perfect opportunity to fuse great gameplay with great story."

We're wondering how this one will come out; for now, you can visit the official site, and we'll keep you updated on all future developments. "Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate.* An abducted soul, a lifetime of sins, a journey to the depths of despair."

12/15/2008 Ben Dutka

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Comments (15 posts)

Qubex
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:32:29 AM
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Well this will be of great interest to me... worth keeping an eye on this I think! I was very impressed with the Dead Space demo... clear crisp visuals, well modeled character, excellent lighting and texturing, not to mention the added post pro effects...

...seems that if the Dead Space engine is modified and improved to include the kind of effect laden visuals I would expect a game based on Dante's Inferno to include, then we are probably in for something special!

Q!

"i aM hOMe"

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coverton341
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 11:36:42 AM
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I didn't really struggle through "The Divine Comedy" it was quite an exciting adventure for me really. I am super stocked on this and hope they can take "Inferno" and do some kind of justice to it because that poem would make a stellar game if done correctly.

Now if someone would make a "Dark Tower" series of games base on the 7 book odyssey by Stephen King I would be in Heaven

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Ben Dutka PSXE [Administrator]
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 2:38:20 PM

If you read the original manuscript and didn't "struggle," than no offense...you may not have understood everything you were reading. Scholars spend their lives trying to decipher everything in "The Divine Comedy."

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coverton341
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 11:40:20 AM

No offense taken I never read the "original manuscripts" as I can't read Italian. I read translated renditions and actually quite a few translated renditions and so I am reading different people's perception of the original work true so you are correct that I am probably not understanding fully what was originally implied as some translation vary greatly to others. Nonetheless I love the poem "The Divine Comedy" and I cannot wait for more people to be able to experience it as a media form that is so interactive.

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Fane1024
Wednesday, December 17, 2008 @ 7:59:10 PM

I love the Divine Comedy (and I have read some of it in Italian), but I can't see how the Inferno will make a good game. Most of it is Dante (or Virgil) relating stories about contemporary Florentines in order to make points about morality. It's not like the Iliad or the Odyssey; there's no action.

I'm guessing we'll get something more like Clive Barker's Jericho than Dante's Inferno.

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tlpn99
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 12:39:23 PM
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I loved Dead Space so shall look into this one. Lets hope it's as good as it sounds :)

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tramp
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:00:41 PM
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just seen the released Uncharted 2 in game screen shots.........OMG,GearsOW looks like pish compared

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King James
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:14:40 PM
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I think this could be the start of something great for the gaming world. If done correctly, Dante's Inferno will have the same effect as God of War did (meaning that GoW used actual Greek/Roman Mythology). There's a LOT of detail in "The Divine Comedy." If this game is gonna cover all 9 circles of hell, the universal drive to journey through all 9 circles HAS to be engaging. Like Krato's drive for revenge in the GoW series.

EA must make the gamer want to go through Hell and back. Otherwise, this game could turn into a $60 interactive Western Literature lesson.

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Phoelix
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:35:39 PM
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Hmm, does anyone else have that sinking feeling that churches around the world will become angry and demand this game be pulled from the shelves for desensitizing kids to hell?

Especially since it's a video game. We all know how those rot kids' brains...

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Tim Speed24
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 1:57:46 PM
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Hell is for Heros....should be a great game.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 2:09:31 PM
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The final and 9th Circle of hell, Cocytus, the lake of ice is reserved for traitors. Are we going to see Square Enix down there?

Seriously though, this looks truly epic (from an epic poem) It just took over my radar.

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Wage SLAVES
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 2:28:01 PM
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I've never read this thing (Dante's Inferno) and it has certainly peaked my interest! I love the way everyone is starting to wander outside of the box nowadays. Looks like Bioshock has inspired people to do so...

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Qubex
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 6:19:48 PM
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Its the only place games can go!

Q!

"I aM HoMe"

Last edited by Qubex on 12/15/2008 6:20:07 PM

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AntDC
Monday, December 15, 2008 @ 8:22:54 PM
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Just watched the teaser trailer, can't wait for this game.

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ceedot
Tuesday, December 16, 2008 @ 5:28:13 AM
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They havn't even began development of the game. It was leaked so they had to announce it I guess.

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