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