Good news Dune fans: Conan Exiles developer Funcom has signed an exclusive, six-year deal with Legendary Studios to produce multiple games set within the science fiction universe created by author Frank Herbert.
“Funcom has entered into an exclusive partnership with Legendary Studios to develop games based on the works of Frank Herbert’s Dune, one of the world’s best-known science fiction universes with multiple adaptations into movies, games and other media.” Reads the official statement.
One of which adaptations is the forthcoming Dune reboot, which is currently slated to release sometime in 2020.
“At Least Three Titles” Planned
During this six-year period, Funcom intends to release “at least three titles” on PC and console set within the Dune universe, including an open-world multiplayer game that will enter pre-production at Funcom’s Oslo studio later this year.
What the other two games are remains a mystery, at this stage.
The decision to join forces with Legendary Studios, meanwhile, is all part of Funcom’s plan to work with distinctive, well-known IPs that already boast a solid fan base.
Entering into this partnership is in line with the company’s strategy of working with strong Intellectual Properties, allowing for two different, vast and well-known universes – Conan and Dune – to be available for the Company’s games.
What to Expect from the Open-World Dune Game Based on Conan Exiles
Returning to the aforementioned open-world multiplayer game for a moment, if Conan Exiles is anything to go by, Dune fans can expect an enjoyable and immersive, if somewhat rickety, experience when it finally releases.
As John-Paul Jones said in our Conan Exiles review:
Though there’s clearly work to do both in terms of polish and expanding its feature set, you’ll find much to enjoy in Conan Exile’s gargantuan blood-soaked sandbox that is steeped with emergent player possibilities.
The most accessible and enjoyable survival MMO in years, Conan Exiles is a remarkable triumph and the best of its kind on PS4.