The press release doesn’t offer details about any of the games, but they’re not the first to be created around Herbert’s iconic property. Avalon Hill first created a Dune board game in 1979, and Parker Brothers followed suit in 1984, commemorating the release of David Lynch’s film. Several video games and a role-playing game were created in the 1990s and early 2000s as well.
There’s no indication if the line will reference any of the previous adaptations of Herbert’s works, but certainly in the wake of the release of Jodorowsky’s Dune, the cult filmmaker’s thousands of concept drawings would undoubtedly provide some great design inspirations. Nevertheless, it sounds as if Gale Force’s games may explore specific or more detailed components of the book’s mythology, perhaps enabling fans to hone their control of the sandworms, battle adversaries using a Holtzman shield, or even take the Gom Jabbar test–though a mysterious box that makes players’ hands seem like they’re in intense pain might be a better idea in fiction than reality.
The entire line, which will include board and miniature games, is scheduled for consumer release just before Villenueve’s Dune hits theaters in 2020.
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