Announced during Gamescom’s Opening Night Live, there will be an “ambitious” survival MMO set in the Dune universe. Dune: Awakening is the latest game from Conan Exiles developer Funcom and “is inspired by both Frank Herbert’s novels and Denis Villeneuve’s Academy Award-winning film as he explores exciting new possibilities in the franchise.” The game will be released on PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
According to the press release, Dune: Awakening “combines the grittiness and creativity of survival games with the social interactivity of large-scale, persistent multiplayer games to create a unique and ambitious open-world survival MMO.” Player will have the chance to “enter unassigned sectors and be the first to discover secrets and riches before the Coriolis storms once again shift the sand and change the landscape, narrowly escape colossal sandworms, build your house from hideout to mighty base, and traverse the dunes in iconic vehicles from the universe.”
When not exploring Arrakis on foot, players can deploy their harvester and defend against rival factions in “fast-paced, deadly combat that transitions seamlessly from armored ground vehicles to airborne ornithopters.” The press release also mentions a sort of ranking within the game, in which players can move up by carefully plotting and building influence.
“Dune: Awakening really promises to bring the world of Dune to life in an exciting new way,” said VP Interactive Media at Legendary Entertainment Sam Rappaport. “We are excited to create this with a partner like Funcom, who are so adept at capturing the rich detail and wonder of cinematic worlds for the gaming audience.”
Dune: Awakening is planned for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. The game is currently available on the wishlist on Steam and beta signups are now live on the official website.
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