EA's Dante's Inferno started a Hollywood bidding war before it was even announced. Now, it's not only being adapted as a live-action film for the big screen, it's getting an animated feature as well. That's pretty impressive for a brand new IP…
This anime tie-in to EA's forthcoming God of War clone marks the second time in recent years that the company has taken a game title and released an ancillary cartoon in an attempt to drum up extra interest. They also did it in 2008 with Dead Space: Downfall (an animated prequel to the main game) and that turned out fairly well.
Unlike Downfall, Dante's Inferno doesn't appear to be a prequel, but instead is simply an animated version of the game's narrative. Despite my general disinterest in all things anime, this title has piqued my curiosity with its mixture of melodrama and violent death. If nothing else, it should serve as a pleasing appetizer to tide us all over until the Dante's Inferno feature film (already in pre-production) eventually releases.
The animated feature is set to make its DVD debut on February 9th—and in preparation, here's the new clip.
A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.
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In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.