EA descending the 9 levels of hell with Dante’s Inferno

Anyone remember Dante’s Inferno from college? I do, still have nightmares about it. I’m not talking about the horrible giant spider-things, the feasting on human flesh, the slavering three-headed dogs or the mutated bat people either, I’m just remembering reading the damn thing. Well, it seems like EA remembers it too, because they’re making a game of it.

It hasn’t been officially announced yet, but according to Variety the game came to light after the film rights sparked a bidding war between Paramount, Universal, MGM and New Regency. Rumoured titles are Dante’s Inferno (EA trademarked the name for videogame, film and t.v purposes in Feb) or just plain old Inferno. The trusty “a very reliable source” has whispered in Variety’s ear that Redwood Studios, already scaring the pants off gamers with Dead Space, are the developers. It’s slated for a late 2009 release.

Seriously, if there was ever a story – or indeed epic poem – that was ready made for videogame adaptation it’s Dante’s Inferno. You’ve got ready-made baddies by the bucketful, their are 9 levels of hell to decend through, and at the end of it all you’ve got the boss to end all bosses, Satan. It’s a wonder nobody has thought of it before.