I’ve oft lamented on the lack of Dune games in this world. The once lucrative RTS franchise (one of the progenitors of the genre relaly) hasn’t done anything in decades, and it breaks my heart. This morning, I saw the trailer and read more info about Etherium and it looks like exactly what I’ve been wanting to see for a long time. While it’s not Dune, it’s very damn similar. I mean, just look at the game’s description:
In Etherium, three empires are locked in a ruthless struggle to control the etherium, a mysterious and precious resource found only on a handful of planets. Take the lead of one of the three factions, each with its individual characteristics, strengths, weaknesses, technologies and special skills such as climate control, espionage and precognition.
Sounds a lot like Dune to me! I’m not saying that’s a bad thing either, and frankly, I can’t wait to get my hands on the game. Check out the trailer below, as well as a little bit more information:
The solo campaign in Etherium is non-linear: you are free to decide how your conquests progress. Manage your resources, expand your colonies and extend your control of the map to assemble an army capable of crushing your opponents. Epic battles will ensue between formidable armies comprising numerous units: infantry, tanks, aircraft, and even gigantic colossi of war several meters high; real machines of destruction! You will also use scientific research to develop a tech tree enabling you to unlock new units and upgrades, access new structures to develop your colony and to use new special skills.
Etherium has a unique and dynamic weather system that has a direct impact on your strategy. Use a sandstorm to approach the enemy base unseen, or mount a rearguard attack by crossing a freezing river. Each of the 7 planets has diverse environments, and varied terrain that will force you to adapt your strategy: arid desert, swamps that impede tanks, icy worlds, island archipelagos…
Finally, Etherium will also test your strategic skills in online modes, where up to four players can compete simultaneously.
What do you guys think about this new game?