Why an open-world survival MMO Dune is perfect for the franchise

ByJose A. York

Aug 25, 2022

A term popularized 100 years ago, the Sci-Fi genre has been around since the early 1920s and continues to be one of the most popular genres in almost any medium. From novels and TV shows to movies and video games, science fiction is absolutely everywhere, and while most modern science fiction can be traced back to juggernauts like star trek, star wars, 2001and Extraterrestrialthe Dunes The series is actually responsible for popularizing many of the genre’s now-common tropes. Now the new Dune awakening the game could come full circle.

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Announced at Gamescom Opening Night Live, Dune awakening is an open-world survival MMO that drops players onto Dunesthe merciless desert planet of Arrakis. However Dunes video games have popped up over the years, with one of the most famous titles essentially giving birth to the RTS genre, there’s still a lot that can be done with the property. With the popularity of the recent Dunes movie, it looks like the Sci-Fi franchise is back with a vengeance, and the open-world survival genre is a perfect fit for the series.

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An open-world survival MMO is the perfect fit for Dune

Dune awakeningThe announcement trailer showed an older-looking Paul Atreides watch as a spice harvester was consumed by a gigantic sandworm. As the camera pans around, it is revealed that Paul has piercing blue eyes, an indication that he has been inducted into the Fremen. The trailer then ends with Paul preparing to jump on the sandworm’s back, Maker Hooks ready. Although the trailer is CG only, it suggests that players will be dropped onto the sand-filled planet of Arrakis, tasked with avoiding all of its deadly dangers.

The open-world survival genre is the perfect fit for a Dunes Game. For starters, almost the entire runtime of the recently released version Dunes the film is devoted to exploring the dangers of Arrakis, much like much of the first Dunes book. Throughout these, the audience is shown that water management and shelter are essential to surviving in the planet’s otherwise habitable environment. These will undoubtedly be essential elements of Dune awakening, much of the survival game likely requiring players to find water, craft a Stillsuit, craft shelter, and sneak around nesting sandworms. Likewise, players will likely need to learn the customs of the Fremen, the native people of Arrakis. Players will likely need to use Fremen guerrilla tactics to get the upper hand on enemies and use their survival skills to make effective use of the environment.


The open world aspect of Dune awakening also goes perfectly with Dunes franchise, as Arrakis is a massive planet, with many sprawling sand dunes, Fremen settlements, and rocky canyons. If the Dune awakening the announcement trailer is something to do, so players may be able to ride a sandworm to traverse the open world of Arrakis. On top of that, the trailer also hinted at the appearance of Ornithoptera, which are the helicopter-like air transports used by the Imperium in Duneswhich would also make for an exciting mode of travel.

Although an MMO may not be everything Dunes fan choice for a video game genre, that makes a lot of sense. The Dunes The universe has a plethora of different factions, from House Atreides to House Harkonnen, and of course, Arrakis’ own Fremen. Dune awakening could make good use of its MMO component by allowing players to choose their own Dunes faction, each with their own distinct technology and crafting tree, and their own methods of survival.


Dune awakening is in development for PC, PS5 and Xbox Series X/S.

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