Long before the first part of Dune by Denis Villeneuve hit theaters, Funcom (Age of Conan, Conan Exiles) had secured the rights through a partnership with Legendary Studios and Herbert Properties LLC three new Dune games to be allowed to develop.

Since 2019, there has been a particularly large focus on one Survival game in the Dune universethat should have an open world. The focus even increased when Tencent stepped in as an additional investor, so that Dune can get even biggerthan it was initially planned. By the way, don’t be fooled by the reports that speak of an MMO. Funcom itself has never used this term before. However, there should be multiplayer, probably comparable to that of the successful survival colleague Conan Exiles.

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Last year, Funcom had already announced that they wanted to expand the team for the development of Dune. But these approaches are obviously not enough. Because now they have teamed up with the developer studio Nukklear from Hanover to advance the project together.

Specifically, the designers at Nukklear should take care of the implementation of Dune-typical devices such as transport helicopters, ornithopters and Spice harvesting machines. For that they could according to the games economy they even received considerable funding from the federal government in the amount of 1,622,592 euros.

Most recently, Nukklear worked on domestic productions such as Everspace from Rockfish Games from Hamburg or Destroy All Humans from Black Forest Games from Offenburg. Nukklear boss Kirk Lenke is looking forward to the upcoming challenge:

We are very grateful that we can bring Dune closer to a new target group together with Funcom. We have worked on many projects over the past few years, but Dune is by far the largest to date. Our team is looking forward to the challenge and will bring all its experience to the table. “

Funcom board member Rui Casais also emphasizes once again how big the Dune project has become:

“The Dune Open World Survial game is the most ambitious project that we at Funcom have ever tackled. It is an absolute must that we have talented and reliable partners at our side. Nukklear offers exactly that. We particularly benefit from their experience with regard to in-game vehicles and planes, but we generally appreciate your work as creative game developers. “

How does it look: Are you looking forward to the Dune game from Funcom? By the way, according to the funding notification, Dune should be ready in 2023. In the coming year, Funcom should therefore go public with the first details and assets.

Those: Gameswirtschaft

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