“An abducted soul, a lifetime of sins, a journey to the depths of despair.” EA Redwood Shores, the studio behind hit horror game Dead Space, is making a Dante’s Inferno game – a third-person action adventure adaptation of the medieval epic poem The Divine Comedy by Dante Alighieri. It’ll appear on Xbox 360and PlayStation 3 in 2009 or 2010.
The dark fiction gave birth to the Tuscan Italian dialect and is widely considered to have defined the western world’s contemporary conception of hell and purgatory. The poem tells the tale of Dante who journeys through the twisted, menacing nine circles of hell in pursuit of his beloved Beatrice. Written in the 14th Century, The Divine Comedy was published and read aloud in Italian (unlike the Bible), thereby making the poem accessible to the mass public. The poem delivers a striking and allegorical vision of the Christian afterlife and the punishments of hell. In part one, known as Dante’s Inferno, Dante traverses all nine circles of hell; limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, wrath, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery.
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