EA Unveils Dante's Inferno

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Probably the credit crunch has hit the Hell bad so Dante must do some downsizing and restructuring, before asking for a bailout. Nine circles? Too expensive to maintain- Hedge funds have dried up. Not to mention the whole gas and electricity bills thing. Those boiling oil caldrons don't heat themselves out of nothing. In the end of the game Dante has a board meeting with the hell's CEO where they discuss the gold parachutes policies for the management, and the hell's investments in fiscal heaven's off shore companies.

Bah. At first i thought this was a joke, because it's so pythonesque. Bloody hell

Well let's give EA some credit here, making a new game based off a unique IP. It could be good.

I suppose it could be good. If I manage to just look at it as a game taking influences from literature, and not a blasphemous act. They wont make the other two parts though, nothing much interesting happens there.

looks good. Dante's Infirno is a great story. never really understood why it was called The Divine Comedy but, oh well.

Correct me if I'm wrong, but I do believe that DMC 3 was based off that very book, and in the book, both Vergil and Dante are poets. How in God's name is a poet going to kick ass in Purgatory? Also, there were demons, but most of the people in hell were stuck with their punishment and bitched about it to Dante and his ghost companion. I just hope they make Satan look like his book description (three heads chewing on the biggest traitors in history, 6 wings, covered in fur and trapped in ice). Ugh, this is going to hurt.

First of all, I'd like to say what the hell.

Second, I'd like to introduce to you the producers of the game - EA.

Third, I'd like to show you the trailer: http://www.gametrailers.com/player/43684.html?rdir=1&

Is this going to be another God of War? Where a bunch of randomly selected bits and pieces of Greek Mythology are crammed together and then changed? Worse still, this game looks to be a third-person gore-filled action game: assuming that the armour-clad warrior shoving the crucifix into a shade's head is Dante. I just know they'll have Satan (Dis if you want to be all pretentious like myself) as a last boss with one of those zelda-esque 3-hits to kill things - it fits pretty well considering what Satan is described as in Inferno.

Now I've read Inferno (not the whole comedy, as I did a dissertation on the first and really couldn't face the other two after I'd finished) but I don't think I'm an expert on it. However, I'm pretty sure Dante wasn't a super-powered God-knight who killed sinners in Hell (as if they weren't already punished enough). There's bugger all action in it anyway as far as Dante is considered. Oh yeah, he sees a few bits of action here and there with some pretty gruesome punishments and whatnot, but he hardly participates in it himself. I know for a fact that he doesn't kill anyone. It isn't even a literal book, it's an allegory! It was meant (as far as I understand) to explore the possibilites of evil in the soul as well as entertain people since hundreds of years ago it was actually funny to read!

I'm one to judge a game before it even shows a gameplay video, and this has just pissed me right off. Call me shallow or pessimistic or whatever you want, but I can't see anything good coming out of this at all. The Inferno is no basis for a video game, in my opinion. But what about yours?

Yeah, I'm not sure how they'll pull that off.

Also:
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/88152-EA-Unveils-Dantes-Inferno

Wow, I just lost about 100 brain cells after watching that trailer. In no way shape or form is that representative of the Inferno or any other work of Dante for that matter.

Yeah, it is pretty ridiculous. I've never read the book, but as I understand it, as far as we can tell from the trailer, the only real similarity is the name. And killing a demon-thing by stabbing a crucifix in it's head? Absurdly cheesy.

And also, this was pretty funny: http://www.penny-arcade.com/comic/

Dante's Inferno is a great book, and EA is going to fuck it up. That's the bottom line.

Edit: It looks like it could be fun to play, but why would you want to take a great piece of literature and make it into a video game that seemingly has nothing to do with the actual book?

They're making a violent action game based on the story of a guy's personal spiritual growth and biting criticism of the culture of his time period? Brilliant. Just great.

And, sure, while I could see fighting in a hell loosely based on Dante's Inferno, why did they have to go and screw up Limbo? Limbo wasn't a violent place, it wasn't a bad place, it wasn't anything like the other circles. It wasn't the place you wanted to be, but it wasn't horror, violence, and punishment. Just an air of some depression, but otherwise fine.

Good lord, next year they will probably do Paradise Lost.

Upgrade your weapons! Battle hordes of quasi-mythological creatures! Have sex with your daughter and father the physical embodiment of death and decay! All while gaining extra points for making the player wonder whether or not Satan is a tragic hero, or just a villain!

It will be terrible but i will still buy it.

How can a ballad with not much written by a man who spent time in a mosestry become an action game i do not know.

I could see a decent game using the descriptions as a setting, and maybe that's what they'll do. Trying to nominally follow the books or use Dante as a main character is kind of silly, though I suppose there are games guilty of worse.

Fundamentally, I don't know that an action game is the way to go. A survival horror type game would be much more compelling, in my mind. They could even parrot a sort of Orpheus / Eurydice story, where a person descends through the levels of hell to save a tormented loved one. Plus, then you could have that same sort of demoralizing plot twist at the end where, surprise, the loved one stays in hell!

It's gunna be like another Jerhico. Only worse. It has nothing whatsoever to do with the actual comedy, but thanks to devil may SUCK (see what I did there?) the name Dante just kinda means 'badass' in video games to people who don't know what they are viewing. So Dante's Inferno? To someone with no previous knowledge on the topic, that sounds like a bad-ass demon killing game.

Looks pretty bad ass but, I donno what it's about.

..........A Divine Comedy? In videogame format?

....really?

I'm sure its been said but Dante's Inferno is not something I feel is meant to be a game. Ive read it and to me this take away what its about, its a one of my favorite things to read and to see it be made into what I assume will be a hack and slash title just makes me sad.

My God...they ARE running out of ideas aren't they?
Give it a few years--they'll be making games out of all the literature we read in high school:

Lord of the Flies: Piggy's Revenge
Heart of Darkness: Mistah Kurtz He Dead
Invisible Man: You Got Raped by Santa
Hamlet: Getting Thee to the Nunnery
Romeo and Juliet: A Curse Upon Both Houses

Indigo_Dingo:
Am I the only one who thinks this could do well?

Actually, yeah, I think you are.

Did anyone else think that the weird clawed baby creature was basically the same thing as the baby necromorphs in Dead Space? *sigh* EA was starting to redeem itself with that game, and now this.

Keane Ng:
EA Unveils Dante's Inferno

we won't know anything for sure until we get more information. So don't "abandon all hope" just yet.

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I'm sorry but that was brilliant it really made me laugh

I don't really see how EA can pull this off successfully. Although I don't particularly care for it, Dante's Inferno is a great literary work, but there is nothing action-adventure about it. Dante travels alive through hell observing the tortures that the damned must endure for eternity. How exactly they're going to take that, turn it into an action game, and remain anywhere close to the source material is beyond me.

Plus it'll have SecuROM. And well, that's all you need to say for a lot of people.

Indigo_Dingo:
Am I the only one who thinks this could do well?

Nope I think it could do okay. So what if it's not close to the source material I still think it would be fun slaying endless demons in 9 versions of hell.(if I interpreted right)

PureChaos:
looks good. Dante's Infirno is a great story. never really understood why it was called The Divine Comedy but, oh well.

It was originally written in Italian; at the time, a serious poem would be written in Latin, held as a superior langauge, and be classified as a "tragedy". Italian was generally used for lighter, mundane poems, referred to as "comedies". The current definition of the word has little to do with it.

Regarding the game: argh.

That is all.

Nimbus:

Keane Ng:
..."It's the perfect opportunity to fuse great gameplay with great story."...

Seems more like the perfect opportunity for 8 sequels. Typical EA.

Dante's Inferno 8 "Last Circle..."

This could be awesome or very bad.

I do however see it a good thing as it will probably help educate people about Dante's Inferno, and may even get somebody to read who otherwise wouldn't.

Hopefully nobody will complain that the main character is named after Devil May Cry.

Well, at least 2. Though I think the third one might be a bit boring since all Dante does is ride around on a beam of light and talk to his ex-girlfriend.

There's enough leeway for interpretation in the poem, though, that even Paradiso could make an interesting adventure game, if an uncommercial one. The problem here just seems to be that the game appears to fit more into the God of War-esque action genre (though the trailer is too ambiguous to tell for sure), which really makes no sense, since without remaking the entire story in the vein of American McGee's Alice - which was a better study in contrasts than a morbid Inferno would make - the style of gameplay really isn't tenable in the context of the narrative. Simply put: had the trailer started out with nicely-scored music and FMV of Dante's dementia in the forest, it would've seemed alot more promising.

EA is quickly shedding their reputation of being non-risk-takers and sequel-itis mongers. They're actually putting fresh material out there for us to ingest.

And EA Redwood Shores? Were it not for Left 4 Dead, those guys would've locked down the survival-horror vote for 2008 with Dead Space.

Dante's Inferno, the book, would be laughable in a page-for-page translation from book to video game. It's a dang good thing they're doing some heavy re-imagining to make it work -- so I'm rooting for them to put their artistic license to good use. But to think they shouldn't even try? I can definitely appreciate the risk EA is taking. Pretty proud of them actually. They're leaving the safehouse on this one.

Devil May Cry 5? jk

Indigo_Dingo:
Since when do only Christians go to hell?

Well, because Hell is the Christian place of Damnation.

Jews don't have a hell at all, Gehenna is more a purgatory, no-one however evil stays there forever. The Greeks had Hades, Islam is Jahannam and (bad) Hindus end up in Naharam.
I suppose Hell is used a generic term for any of those, but if it's referring to the Divine Comedy then it's going to be Christians.

Why don't EA just take this to it's logical conclusion and begin making James Joyce's Ulysses.

Brian Name:
Why don't EA just take this to it's logical conclusion and begin making James Joyce's Ulysses.

Hey, back off... my proposal for a turn-based JRPG version of Waiting for Godot hasn't gone through yet, so stay off my turf.

-- Steve

Has any indie developer made an adventure game off of Inferno?

Just wondering.

Anton P. Nym:

Brian Name:
Why don't EA just take this to it's logical conclusion and begin making James Joyce's Ulysses.

Hey, back off... my proposal for a turn-based JRPG version of Waiting for Godot hasn't gone through yet, so stay off my turf.

-- Steve

You can keep Becketts drivel! I'm motioning for a first-person shooter based on Hamlet, that'll sell.

sneakypenguin:

Indigo_Dingo:
Am I the only one who thinks this could do well?

Nope I think it could do okay. So what if it's not close to the source material I still think it would be fun slaying endless demons in 9 versions of hell.(if I interpreted right)

It'll sell, yes. It won't be a good game. 9-year-olds who can't afford a PS3 or convince their parents to get them one will get this to make up for God of War.

Oh who knows, it might be fun. Maybe EA will surprise us with a good control scheme and a solid combat mechanic and some brutal deaths and whatever, but that still won't be Dante's Inferno.

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