According to GamesBeat, Funcom and German developer Nukklear are working on a new game based on Frank Herbert’s Dune. With such an expansive universe, Nukklear is turning Dune into an open-world survival game, taking inspiration from Funcom’s Conan Exiles.
“As the Dune open-world survival game is the most ambitious project we’ve ever undertaken at Funcom, having skilled and reliable partners is an absolute must. With Nukklear we have just that. We’ve benefited particularly from their expertise in vehicular based gameplay, but I know them as highly skilled and creative game developers in general,” said Rui Casais, Funcom CEO.
The Dune gaming landscape is sparse, limited to two Adventure games and three RTS games, the last of which was released in 2001. So with two decades passed since the previous game, it’s nice that Funcom and Nukklear are serious about releasing a quality Dune game.
Funcom acquired the rights to develop Dune games in 2019. Funcom reached out to Nukklear after an investment from media giant Tencent.
“We’re grateful to Funcom for bringing us on to help bring Dune to a new audience. We’ve supported and collaborated on many projects over the years, but taking on Dune is by far the biggest yet,” said Kirk Lenke, CEO of Nukklear. “Our team welcomes the challenge and is confident in the expertise that Nukklear brings to the table.”
The Hanover, Germany based Nukklear, a German company hailing from Hanover, is a hybrid-remote company that has worked on games including Destroy All Humans and Everspace. With its range of genres, it will be interesting to see if Nukklear can add the Survival and Open World genres to their repertoire.
While there is no release date for Dune, expect a trailer, screenshots of more information during the summer of gaming in 2022.