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'Dune' Is Getting Its Own Open-World Survival Game

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'Dune' Is Getting Its Own Open-World Survival Game

The latest adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel Dune will be an open world survival game coming from the developer behind Conan Exiles.

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Dune, counting Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac amongst its star-studded cast, did very well at the box office when it premiered in October. Raking in twice its budget to become the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2021, it’s won one award and been nominated for 11 more, knocking critics’ socks off with its direction, score and sweeping scope. 

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Since 1992, there have been five licensed Dune games, though these were all real-time strategy titles. The news that we would be getting a new Dune game actually arose in 2019 and now we’ve learned a little more that this one is stepping away from the patterns of the previous games and its artistic approach is much moodier than the stark palette of the new movie. Check it out here:

Dune artwork / Credit: NUKKLEAR, Funcom
Dune artwork / Credit: NUKKLEAR, Funcom

NUKKLEAR and Funcom will be collaborating to deliver the new Dune game and the team intends to use Conan Exiles for inspiration for its structure. “We’re grateful to Funcom for bringing us on to help bring Dune to a new audience,” said Kirk Lenke, CEO of NUKKLEAR, in a statement. “We’ve supported and collaborated on many projects over the years, but taking on Dune is by far the biggest yet. Our team welcomes the challenge and is confident in the expertise that NUKKLEAR brings to the table.”

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Funcom CEO Rui Casais also added that the developer believes in the innate potential that the project has and expressed thanks to its partner for its support. “As the Dune open-world survival game is the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken at Funcom, having skilled and reliable partners is an absolute must. With NUKKLEAR we have just that,” he said. “We’ve benefited particularly from their expertise in vehicular-based gameplay, but I know them as highly skilled and creative game developers in general.”

Naturally, the Dune game is at a very early stage in its development so there’s nothing to see now. However, as the project takes shape, we’ll likely get glimpses here and there so stay tuned for more.

Featured Image Credit: Warner Bros. Pictures

Topics: TV And Film

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