While Italian gamers are preparing to choose their class and customize their character to descend into the underworld in Diablo 4, an exclusive volume has appeared in Italy which celebrates the arrival of one of the most anticipated video games of the year in Dantesque style.
It is about The Diabolical Comedy, an extremely accurate book with an old-fashioned charm that traces some of the key moments in the history of Diablo, also telling how this fourth chapter of the saga – available from tomorrow and published over a decade after Diablo III – fits within the vast lore of the game. And he does it just like the “father” of Hell and of the Italian language would have done, Dante Alighieri: in three cantos written in tercets.
To reinterpret in Dantesque the story of the eternal struggle between good and evil in a path that winds through Hell, Sanctuary and the Kingdom of Heaven is Murubutu, lyricist rapper and professor of philosophy, who has already interpreted Dante in the musical project Infernum managing to adapt that style to contemporary culture. The volume is enriched by hand-drawn illustrations by Marco Matarese, a prominent Italian tattoo artist, with a style strongly influenced by that of Gustave Doré, perfect for giving life to the inimitable iconography of Diablo even on paper.
For both artists to be involved in the creation of this book – not available for purchase – it’s a way to pay tribute to an iconic and culturally relevant franchisewhich helped found a genre and marked the imagination of many generations of gamers.