Dante's Inferno Producer Ponders Macbeth: The Game

Marc Ecko isn't the only one taken with the idea of making a video game based on William Shakespeare's Macbeth. Dante's Inferno executive producer Jonathan Knight also sees gaming possibilities in the Scottish tragedy.

Knight tells IndustryGamers that, if he were to focus on another classical piece of literature turned game, the Bard's play would be a good fit.

"Macbeth the game is something I've been thinking about for years, but now, I think the emotional quality that games are achieving and the value level of the acting and the sound work makes it possible," Knight tells IndustryGamers. "The thing is, the unique quality of games is being interactive; it's about action and killing things and pursuing those mechanics is tricky when bringing in classic media; Dante's is more of a violent interpretation of the poem for example."

"Macbeth would be great, though; there are witches and a supernatural experience along with plenty of intrigue and murder," he adds. Sure, I suppose that... could... work?

Thankfully, it appears that developer Visceral Games has its hands full with Dead Space 2. Shakespeare will have to wait.

Dante's Inferno Studio Thrilled with EA's Marketing Support [IndustryGamers]


    Yeah pick on writes who are too dead to defend themselves

    They'd probably turn it into a 3rd person cover based shooter with slutty witches and Claudius would be piloting a giant mech suit for the final battle.

      Bah, "writers", not "writes". Hate seeing a typo just after hitting submit

        Actually, no, writes would be just as correct, 'playwrites' for instance would suffice, so 'writes' as an abbreviated term is acceptable :) Just sayin' is all.

        And DAMN THIS GUY!

      Now THAT would make the story more interesting.

      And when she says "something wicked this way comes," MacBeth could appear with a BFG from Doom!

    Oh god... make... it... stop...

    I can just see his eventual HAMLET game having Yorrick as a giant floating skull end of level boss... "You're out matched against him... who are you fighting? Alas, poor Yorrick..."

    Oh you b*stards, don't you dare, don't you even dare.

    Is it so freaking hard to come up with an original idea in game developer land? Christ I could come up with 5 better ideas for a game of the top of my head than trying to shoe horn a classic novel/play/poem (that you don't have to pay for the rights for, which I suspect might be a motivating factor here) into a third person action game.

    Dante's Inferno is an abomination that takes an enormous crap on the literature that 'inspires' it. But if EA starts molesting William Shakespeare my gibbering, impotent, internet rage will know no bounds?

    A plague on both your houses! (The Redwood one and the Montrel one)

    GTA: Vice City.

    The story is based heavily on Scarface, which is practically like a modern interpretation of Macbeth.

      Yeah but Vice City was a clear lampooning of everything. It took the piss out of genres, it sent up everything, from buddy comedies, to crime dramas, drug fuelled 80s, excessive lifestyles, sex starved drug addicted gangsta wannabes like Lance Vance etc etc... what this guys talking about is a straight up cash in on one of the greats and just... well... turning it into something it never could, would or should be. Ever.

    unlike all the high-art snobs here I get good feelings about Dante's Inferno. Sure I haven't played it in it's entirety, but they appear to have made an interesting interpretation of it.

    I know that although it is inspired by it, the literature and the game are different things.

    On the idea of Shakespeare though, I don't think that would work out... then again Baz Luhrmann did something with Romeo and Juliet.

    PS: In before people yelling at me and saying that any modern interpretation of older things is blasphemy.

      Art/lit snob and proud of it!

      There have been dozens and dozens of modern interpretations and even sci fi interpretations of Macbet, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, not to mention lesser known works like The Tempest and Troilus and Cressida.

      But J Knight isn't talking about doing that, he's talking about taking a classic piece of lit and turning into a hack and slash game. The levels on which this is wrong are too numerous to count.

      Knight reads like a Penny Arcade parody character come to life. Rather than having an original idea he uses other peoples and just makes them more 'extreme'.

    What about Hamlet?

    It would be awesome! It could be made by BioWare, and you could be good or evil. And have choices! For instance, when he asks "to be or not to be", you can choose "NOT", and the game ends!

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