Electronic Arts Inc. and Del Rey Books,announced that a trade-paperback edition of the classic poem Inferno, part one of The Divine Comedy, will be distributed to booksellers nationwide on January 19, 2010. This special edition of the canonized poem commemorates the launch of the highly-anticipated Danteâ€™s Inferno video game from Visceral Games. The new edition features an introduction written by Danteâ€™s Inferno Executive Producer, Jonathan Knight, who offers insight into the process of adapting the dark masterpiece into the interactive medium. The book also features a 16-page, full-color art insert showcasing the evolution of characters and environments from the classic poem to the video game.
â€œWe are so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Random House on this project. 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,â€ said Jonathan Knight, Executive Producer at Visceral Games. â€œThe 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.â€
â€œVisceral Games and EA have provided us with an amazing opportunity to bring one of the great works of classical fiction to a new group of fans,â€ said Michael Braff of Del Rey editorial. â€œTheir stunning and inventive take on Danteâ€™s Inferno will be sure to wow players around the world and we are extremely proud to be able to provide those individuals with insight into the creative processes involved in adapting Dante to a new medium.â€