If you’ve been missing the sands of Arrakis, we have good news for you. A new Dune game, coming soon, will give you a whole new perspective on the desert planet. Dune: Awakening from Funcom and Legendary Entertainment is an open-world survival MMO that puts the player on Arrakis. We now even have a trailer that takes us deeper into the game’s stark and beautiful cinematography. All while giving us a glimpse of its vast, vast world.
From the unknowable sands of the desert to the dirty streets of civilization to the ancient halls of the testing stations, we’ll soon be able to visit every corner of Arrakis. And boy, does it look like we’ll have a lot to explore… And many mysteries to unravel.
An earlier trailer also gave us a more specific look at the game. In it, a figure in the desert takes in the environment and prepares to ride a sandworm, all while the Bene Gesserit Litany Against Fear plays over the footage.
Dune: Awakening takes inspiration from both Frank Herbert’s iconic novels as well as Denis Villeneuve’s recent film. The player’s goal? Rise from survival to dominance. Thousands of players will share Arrakis’ turf with the same objective in mind. And you know, it’s Arrakis. Survival on this planet is no small feat. You have to consider your stillsuit, shelters, and walking with the proper lack of rhythm, so you don’t attract sandworms.
In this vast MMO, players can explore the desert planet. That means potentially discovering fallen spaceships or visiting places the Fremen once called home. And of course, you can’t have a Dune environment without spice. Whoever controls the spice… The trailers show a glimpse of harvesting activity, and as a player, you can search for spice in the desert sands and harvest it before rival factions come to take it.
Dune: Awakening will be available for the PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. We don’t have a release date yet, but you can sign up for the game’s beta now.
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Originally published on August 24, 2022.
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