It’s a good time to be a Dune fan. On top of a new movie coming in next year (with a ridiculously amazing cast), it looks like the beloved sci-Fi franchise is set to return to the video game world as well! Funcom, who developed Conan Exiles and most recently Mutant Year Zero, signed an exclusive deal with Legenday Pictures to develop three Dune games over the next 6 years:
Funcom has entered into an exclusive partnership with Legendary Studios to develop games based on the works of Frank Herbert’s DUNE, one of the world’s best known science fiction universes with multiple adaptations into movies, games and other media.
This is a six year partnership to release at least three titles on the PC/Console platforms, with one of the games planned to be in the “Open World Multiplayer” genre that will enter into pre-production in Funcom’s Oslo studio during 2019.
Entering into this partnership is in line with the company’s strategy of working with strong Intellectual Properties, allowing for two different vast and well known universes – CONAN and DUNE – to be available for the Company’s games.
The first planned game is going to be an open world multiplayer game, allowing Dune fans the chance to live within the sprawling world Frank Herbert created. While I’m certainly excited, I’m REALLY crossing my fingers that one of their proposed games will be a Real-Time Strategy. Dune is one of the franchises that helped define the RTS genre (even before Command & Conquer) and it’d be a shame if they missed out on a chance to bring it back to its roots.
The last Dune games were released back in 2001 with Emperor: Battle for Dune, and RTS sequel to Dune 2000, and Frank Herbert’s Dune, an adventure game (that flopped spectacularly) based on Syfy’s miniseries. Needless to say…it’s been a WHILE. Much has changed in the gaming industry since then, so I’m definitely eager to see what these new games can bring.
As development is just now getting started, we still have a bit of time to wait before we see anything from it. Still, it’s exciting to know more is on the way! What Dune games are you hoping to see down the road?