Funcom has launched a new website and released the first concept art for an upcoming survival game based on Frank Herbert’s Dune universe.
A new Dunes The game is in development and the first pieces of concept art have been released with the game’s website.
Funcom launched the website in part to recruit new talent for the development team, but the website also displays two pieces of concept art and a CGI render of the game. All of the images feature the desert planet from Frank’s novels Herbert, with dusty orange and yellow light permeating every scene. “Frank Herbert’s timeless sci-fi masterpiece and Oscar-winning 2021 film adaptation has inspired entire generations with the Dunes universe, and we’re no exception,” says the developer. “It’s the perfect setting for open-world multiplayer survival gaming.”
Each piece of concept art features a character interacting with the world of Dune. One has a character stepping into a shimmering black spaceship, their capes blowing in the wind as they watch an “ornithopter” in the distance. Another shows someone in a spacesuit standing under a striking rock formation, with a sandstorm blackening the air behind them. In the CGI render, a man holding a dangerous climbing tool stands in the desert, ready to defend himself. The man wears one of Dune’s “Fremen Stillsuits”, necessary for surviving the harsh environments of earth.
the Dunes The game was first announced in 2019, but the developers have yet to reveal an official title. Funcom has called the project “next generation” and the website offers at least 22 positions, including Lead Concept Artist, Lead Gameplay Programmer, World Director and Marketing Director. Although Funcom said it didn’t have much to reveal, the website is dropping some clues for fans by inviting them to “shape a world made boundless by its deep lore” and “fulfill the dream of traversing its ever-changing landscape”.
Funcom’s Dunes announcement comes amid a surge of enthusiasm and hype for Frank Herbert’s universe following the success of Denis Villeneuve film based on the novel. It follows shortly after the April early access release of Dune: The Spice Warsa real-time strategy game based on Dunes universe. Funcom also released Dune: The Spice Wars via developer Shiro Games, and the title currently has a “very positive” rating on Steam with over 3,000 reviews. The last video game officially released under the Dunes the license was Dunes by Frank Herbert back in 2001.
Funcom is owned by Tencent and best known for online anarchy and its MMO games based on the Conan the Barbarian Licence. The developer has yet to announce a release date for its Dunes survival game.
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