In context: It’s been some time since a brand new sci-fi franchise took the world by storm, however 2021’s Dune reboot definitely hit that mark. After incomes greater than $400 million on the field workplace (with a finances of simply $165 million), Dune has unfold its affect to the gaming trade, courtesy of developer Funcom’s unique partnership with Legendary Entertainment.
While movie-licensed video games do not have one of the best popularity within the gaming trade (traditionally talking) Funcom has confirmed they know what they’re doing with Dune: Spice Wars. Spice Wars first launched into Early Access in April as a 4X technique title set in, you guessed it, the Dune universe. The iconic planet of Arrakis, to be particular. In Spice Wars, gamers take management of one in all Arrakis’ 4 factions — House Atreides, House Harkonnen, The Smugglers, and the Fremen — in a vicious battle for supremacy.
If technique video games aren’t your cup of tea, although, do not surrender hope on the gaming aspect of the Dune franchise. Funcom introduced a completely new mission at Gamescom yesterday: Dune: Awakening. Like Spice Wars, Awakening will happen on Arrakis, however not like Spice Wars, the sport can be an open-world survival MMO.
The mission sounds formidable, to say the least. The official steam web page guarantees to supply an enormous, seamless model of Arrakis shared by “1000’s of gamers,” although it does not specify whether or not these gamers can be cut up throughout a number of servers or not.
The Steam retailer web page additionally hints at camp and “fortress” development, some type of stillsuit upkeep characteristic, sandworm assaults, and the flexibility to deploy your individual harvester to collect Dune’s spice. You’ll battle it out with different gamers on foot, in automobiles, or take to the sky in Dune’s iconic hummingbird-like ornithopters. Apparently, you possibly can even make your individual faction and unlock “highly effective talents” by the consumption of spice.
Like we stated, Dune: Awakening sounds fairly formidable — and, if the typical MMO launch is something to go by, maybe an inconceivable sport to make on launch. It’s not unusual for epic-scale survival video games, or MMOs normally, to launch in a feature-light state after which enhance over time. We aren’t saying that would be the case right here, however some skepticism is at all times warranted with video games that make massive guarantees pre-release.
Funcom hasn’t introduced a launch date but, or revealed any gameplay footage. So far, we simply have a thematic trailer wherein a stillsuit-equipped man (and fan of spice, judging by his eye coloration) leaps towards an rising sandworm and a web site with a pair items of idea artwork.
You can join Dune: Awakening’s beta on the Dune Games web site, if you want. Hopefully we’ll all be taught extra about Awakening someday subsequent yr, on the newest.