Dune fans got their first glimpse of the desert planet Arrakis at the Game Awards. Developer Funcom unveiled pre-alpha gameplay for Dune: Awakening that showcases the world's most dangerous planet in all its majestic expanse.
Dune: Awakening is an open world survival MMO from the creators of Conan: Exiles and is inspired by both Frank Herbert's classic novel and the film version by Denis Villeneuve. The title will be released for PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S.
Impressive alpha gameplay
After the reveal of Dune: Awakening at gamescom 2022, Funcom has now released first impressions of the pre-alpha build of the ambitious open-world survival MMO. Dune: Awakening is influenced by both Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece DUNE and the award-winning blockbuster of the same name from Denis Villeneuve and Legendary Entertainment. The experienced Funcom team has made it their goal to inspire Dune and Survival fans alike.
Funcom has been developing innovative multiplayer and survival games for more than two decades, most recently Conan: Exiles. Dune: Awakening builds on this strong foundation, blending open-world survival and MMO elements into a Dune experience that uniquely brings Frank Herbert's epic universe to life.
In Dune: Awakening, thousands of players fight simultaneously to survive the myriad dangers that lurk on Arrakis. They have to find their own role and identity and experience an intense, personal story. They begin by foraging for water and building makeshift shelters to protect themselves from the storms, but are able to work their way up to the top echelons of the planet, where they determine the flow of the Spice themselves.
The Spice is at the core of all conflict, progression, and the power structure in Dune: Awakening. Where Spice Depots appear, players gather. Combat between them can range from brief skirmishes to huge battles between infantry, vehicles and ornithopters, with each unit being of vital importance.
The desert demands all kinds of decisions from the players and is full of undiscovered paths. All sorts of options are open to the players: the desert is explored with an ornithopter, with advanced armor and weapons you become a deadly mercenary. Or maybe they want to lead an efficient Spice harvest and gain influence among the Great Houses - all this and more is possible.
Joel Bylos, Chief Creative Officer at Funcom and Creative Director of Dune: Awakening, said: “A universe as rich and expansive as Dune's fits perfectly with Funcom's ambitions to create immersive open multiplayer worlds. With Dune: Awakening, we aim to exceed what players expect from the survival genre - we can't wait for them to finally play it."
“We are thrilled to be able to bring the world of Dune to life in such an immersive and interactive way. The wealth of detail that Funcom is bringing to Dune: Awkening players on PC and console is truly amazing and we look forward to seeing Dune and survival game fans fight to survive on the most dangerous planet in the universe." adds Sam Rappaport, VP, Interactive Media at Legendary Entertainment.
Dune: Awakening is coming to PC, PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X|S. Over the next few months, all aspects of the game will be presented in depth, so players will know exactly what to expect before the start of an upcoming beta. Registration is below www.duneawakening.com possible; on Steam the title can be added to the wishlist
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