Dante's Inferno Media Blitz

By splicegraph, 6 years ago
Even though it may sound like a ploy to convince weary parents that something good can come from their kid playing a blood curdling and violent hack 'n' slash, I'm all for anything that may inspire people to read.

Developer Visceral Games has announced it's plans to release a "special edition" of the fourteenth-century Italian poet Dante Alighieri's epic poem that is the inspiration behind the game Dante's Inferno.

The commemorative trade paperback will reprint the popular Longfellow translation of Inferno, part one of The Divine Comedy, with an introduction by executive producer Jonathan Knight. It will also feature a sixteen page colour insert of art providing insight into the evolution of characters and environments from the classic poem to the video game.

"Through the creative process of developing this game, we have grown quite close to the literary works of Dante Alighieri. It is his vision that we are adapting for this new media, and new audience," said Knight in a press statement. "The game is a celebration of Dante, and we hope gamers will be encouraged to go beyond the game and explore the classic text that has inspired us so deeply."
The book will be published by Del Rey and will be released on January 19 for $13. Dante's Inferno the video game arrives for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and PSP on February 9, 2010 in North America, following on February 12 in Europe, and February 4 in Australia.

Also on the horizon is Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic by the animation studio that brought us Dead Space: Downfall and the Hellboy animated films. Producer Joe Goyette, working from a story and creative vision by EA/Visceral Games executive producer Jonathan Knight, promises a unique journey into the nine levels of hell that Dante must traverse to rescue the sole of his beloved Beatrice.

Dante's Inferno: An Animated Epic will be released on February 9th, 2012 with no word on what it will cost.

I'd like to see this form into a trend for the future of game releases. Even if the game itself isn't based on an existing piece of literature, most game storylines can translate into an interesting comic book.