Visceral Games and Electronic Arts have today announced that the playable demo for Dante’s Inferno will be available as a free download on PlayStation Network and Xbox Live on December 24.

Dante’s Inferno takes gamers on a quest through hell, in an adaptation of part one of Dante Alighieri’s poem, The Divine Comedy. The ‘Gates of Hell’ demo includes the entire opening level and gives gamers a taste of the odyssey to come in the Nine Circles of Hell as depicted in the full game.

In the demo of Dante’s Inferno, players are introduced to Dante Alighieri’s re-imagined past as a crusader who returns home to Florence to discover his true love, Beatrice, murdered. As her soul escapes her body, she is kidnapped by the dark shadow form of Lucifer. Sworn to her rescue, Dante must journey to the Gates of Hell and beyond to battle undead monstrosities, unholy boss demons, and Death himself. Offering a glimpse into the world of Dante’s Inferno, the demo serves as a prelude to the player’s journey to the inner bowels of hell.

“The world of Alighieri’s Dante’s Inferno is such a rich, detailed, and often alarming universe, that all of us at Visceral Games put our hearts, and dare I say souls, into creating something truly intense and exciting,” said executive producer Jonathan Knight. “We hope gamers enjoy this tease of hell, and come away from the experience lusting for more when the game comes out.”

Dante's Inferno is scheduled for release on February 5, 2010 for PlayStation 3 and the Xbox 360, as well as the PSP.