Lasciate ogne speranza, voi ch'intrate
April 30, 2009 6:00 PM Subscribe
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releases a new adaptation of the epic Italian poem The Divine Comedy
that casts the player as Dante - a crusade veteran - who journeys through the Nine Circles of Hell to save his beloved Beatrice.
A 3D remake of the 14th century Christian epic
, updated to include scythe combat
, Beatrice's holy cross, melee action
, and divine absolution. Steve Desilets, lead designer: “Obviously, we have to change a couple of verbs because watch and listen aren’t exciting to play....Hack, maim, torture those are basically your verbs, but the setting is loyal as we can actually be to the poem.” For starters: "Using a tameable, Dante has to rip off Charon’s massive head and throw it through a gate in hell.
You’ll actually run across unbaptized babies, which are mentioned in the text. EA Redwood Shores imagines them as zergling creatures that have blades for feet and Dante will have to kill them as they skitter, spiderlike, across the floor." (from Gieson Cacho's
Universal, Paramount, and MGM are already vying for film rights
suggests a few revisions. Of related interest: Previous video game adaptations
, UV's amazing World of Dante
, including searchable lists of Creatures, Deities, Images, People, Places, and Structures
in each canto, Gustave Dore's illustrations
of the Divine Comedy, maps and diagrams
from the Princeton Dante Project, and other pretty things.