On April 29, Visceral Games and Electronic Arts will release "Trials of St. Lucia," a huge downloadable expansion for Dante's Inferno that adds a surprising new set of features.
With the new content, players will be able to team up with a friend using a second playable character, St. Lucia, to work through a number of online cooperative trials and challenges. The game will ship with 40 trials: 25 single-player trials, and 15 cooperative. Players can earn medals, and are ranked on leaderboards.
But the bigger news may be the ability for players to create their own trials, and then share them online, where they can be downloaded, played, and rated on a scale of one to five stars.
I recently had an opportunity to sit in on an open roundtable Q&A with Greg Rizzer, the lead designer of "Trials of St. Lucia." He answered questions about the challenges of making a single-player game into a cooperative experience, the opportunities it offered, and the future of Dante's Inferno downloadable content.
On the challenges of optimizing the engine for cooperative play, and locking in at 60 frames per second
Sorry, online-only... no split-screen demon slaughtering for you and your loved ones
"Trials of St. Lucia" hits Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 on April 29 for 800 MS Points and $9.99, respectively.
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