PS3 Scores Exclusive Dante’s Inferno Divine Edition

December 12, 2009 Written by Sebastian Moss

Recently, EA has shown a lot of love for the PlayStation 3 with their latest title, Dante’s Inferno. Visceral Games’ gory blockbuster game will be available to play as a demo on the PS3 today, two weeks before the Xbox 360. Now, further cementing their relationship with Sony, Electronics Arts has announced an exclusive “Divine Edition” for the PlayStation 3.

In addition to the standard game, all those who purchase Dante’s Inferno on the PlayStation 3 will receive this special edition which includesDantes Inferno Divine Edition developer commentaries, a Wayne Barlowe digital art book, the soundtrack to the game and a digital version of the complete Longfellow translation of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno all for the standard retail price of $59.99

Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer for Dante’s Inferno, commented:

“We are thrilled to offer an exclusive game pack for PlayStation 3 gamers. The PlayStation platform has a long history of delivering AAA action/adventure games. Adding Dante’s Inferno to that rich catalogue is very exciting for the team. And with the demo now available on the PlayStation Network, players can finally get a taste of what awaits them in the full game on Feb 9th.”

The reasoning behind EA’s decision to give preferential treatment to Sony’s console is unclear. However, with God of War, one of the most hotly anticipated games of next year, releasing a mere month after Dante’s Inferno, and with both violent, mythological, hack-and-slash adventure titles garnering numerous comparisons, EA will certainly have to put extra effort into enticing PlayStation gamers to their Biblical gorefest.

Full Press Release available below:

REDWOOD CITY, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Visceral Games, an Electronics Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS) studio today announced Dante’s Inferno™ “Divine Edition” exclusive for the PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system. In addition to the game, all those who purchase Dante’s Inferno on the PlayStation 3 will receive this special edition which includes developer commentaries, a Wayne Barlowe digital art book, the soundtrack to the game and a digital version of the complete Longfellow translation of Dante Alighieri’s Inferno all for the standard retail price of $59.99. The studio also announced that a Dante’s Inferno™ downloadable demo for PlayStation® 3 is available for free on the PlayStation Network today. The demo allows fans to get a preview of Dante’s journey through hell. The demo will also be available on Xbox LIVE® on Thursday, December 24, 2009.

“We are thrilled to offer an exclusive game pack for PlayStation 3 gamers,” said Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer for Dante’s Inferno. “The PlayStation platform has a long history of delivering AAA action/adventure games. Adding Dante’s Inferno to that rich catalogue is very exciting for the team. And with the demo now available on the PlayStation Network, players can finally get a taste of what awaits them in the full game on Feb 9th.”

In the Dante’s Inferno “Gates of Hell” demo, gamers will experience Dante Alighieri’s re-imagined past, as a crusader who returns home to Florence to discover his true love, Beatrice, murdered. Sworn to her rescue, Dante must journey to the Gates of Hell and beyond to battle undead monstrosities, unholy boss demons, and Death himself. Offering a glimpse into the vast world of Dante’s Inferno, the demo serves as a prelude to the player’s perilous journey through the nine circles of hell.

EA’s Dante’s Inferno is an epic descent through Dante Alighieri’s nine circles of hell – limbo, lust, gluttony, greed, anger, heresy, violence, fraud and treachery. At a blazing-fast 60 frames per second, each circle features unique environments, all new creatures, terrifying demons, story elements and are scored distinctly to set a tone that fits each circle of sinners.

Dante’s Inferno will be released for PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system and Sony PSP® (PlayStation®Portable) on February 9, 2010 in North America and is rated M for Mature by the ESRB. For more information on Dante’s Inferno, please follow the Dante’s Inferno team at Visceral Games on Twitter at www.twitter.com/danteteam and visit the game’s official web site at www.dantesinferno.com.

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