Dune is Getting Its Very Own MMO Titled “Dune: Awakening”

During the Opening Night Live Event for Gamescom 2022, we saw the bombastic reveal of Dune: Awakening, a brand new AAA game set in the legendary Dune-verse. While details are scarce for the game, the trailer showed us that it’s going to be an open-world MMO and players can sign up for a beta starting now.

Dune Awakening Announced at Gamescom 2022

From the trailer, we got little to nothing about the game. We get to see a character staring down into a barren desert. Then a giant sand worm rises up from the sand, and the character scales down to face off against the terrifying sand creature.

Even though the actual dunegames.com website is rather arid in terms of info—comically apt for a Dune property—a press release issued by developer Funcom gives us a bit more insight. However, I must add that the site is in of itself a beautifully-crafted piece of web that’s definitely worth checking out, even if you don’t care about Dune. 

Dune: Awakening concept art | Dune Games

The game will present the player with a large-scale open world map and features multiplayer, obviously. You can face off against sand worms, build shelters and traverse in the iconic vehicles from Dune. It hopes to combine the valiance and life-or-death creativity of survival games with the social aspects of a large-scale, always online multiplayer game to derive a truly unique gaming experience.

You can hunt for spice blooms and deploy a harvester which you’ll have to protect from rival factions and players. The combat has been claimed to be fast-paced and deadly.

Dune Awakening isn’t the only Dune game that’s come out of the blockbuster Dune adaptation. Back in April of this year, Dune: Spice Wars was released with a real-time strategy take on the franchise, however, it wasn’t much of a hit.

Regardless, information about the upcoming game is limited, to say the least, so we can’t make any guesses as to how it will turn out. Will the MMO stand out from the competition? Fans will have to wait till at least a gameplay trailer to find out. For now, here’s what the press release had to say:

Dune: Awakening combines the grittiness and creativity of survival games with the social interactivity of large-scale, persistent multiplayer games to create a unique and ambitious Open World Survival MMO. Rise from survival to dominance in a vast and seamless Arrakis shared by thousands of players.

Head into unmapped sectors and be the first to discover secrets and riches before the coriolis storms once again shift the sands and alter the landscape. Narrowly escape colossal sandworms, build your home from shelter to mighty base, and traverse the dunes in iconic vehicles from the universe.

Hunt for spice blooms and deploy your harvester, then protect it from rival factions in fast-paced, deadly combat that shifts seamlessly from armored groundcars to ornithopters in the sky. Plot your rise to power and build your influence within the Landsraad through careful intrigue.

More exciting games are lined up for Gamescom 2022’s Opening Night Live Show as we expect to see gameplay reveals for games the likes of The Last of Us Remake, Street Fighter VI, and The Outlast Trials. We’ll update you as soon out more information on these games at Gamescom 2022. 

Dune: Awakening concept art | Dune Games
Naseer Abbas
Naseer has been interested in PCs and videogames since his childhood. If he isn't busy playing retro shooters, he's tinkering with emulators or learning something new.