A little while back Variety let the cat out of the bag about the Dante’s Inferno game that EA was publishing. Well after the trailer’s debut at the VGA awards EA has finally officially confirmed the game’s existence and that the same people that brought us Dead Space are working on it. It’s going to be a third person action adventure game in which Dante traverses the many layers of hell in order to save his beloved, which is technically the plot of the poem, so I guess that’s something.
In fact with Executive Producer Jonathan Knight saying that “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. It’s the perfect opportunity to fuse great gameplay with great story,” it sounded like EA might actually be doing something worthy of the epic poem that defined an entire language.
Then we went over to the game’s official website and watched the intro trailer. In said trailer Dante is not only wielding a large scythe, but he also stabs a zombie-devil thing in the head with a cross. Now it has been a while since I read The Divine Comedy but I’m pretty sure opening a creatures head with a symbol of the Catholic church was never really something Dante would do as a character. I could be wrong though, maybe EA has truly nailed what Dante Alighieri envisioned when wrote the masterpiece. I find it a little funny that EA chose to open the press release with “Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch’intrate” (Abandon all hope, ye who enter here).