Dune Part one just came out at the movies and on streaming, I have watched this movie and really liked it. Has great effects and acting and I am looking forward to the confirmed sequel to come out in 2023.
I think there is great potential to have some new games created. It could be a new strategy type game or a new RPG type one. It doesn’t really suit itself towards FPS shooters as in the book and movies personal shields have taken away gun battles. MMO could be interesting with having the different houses, but they sort of have fallen out of favor a bit now.
It got me thinking Dune computer games, doing some research these where the previous games and my personal thoughts on them.
As per Wikipedia:
To date, there have been five licensed Dune-related video games released. There have also been many Dune-based MUDs (Multi-User Dimension) and browser-based online games, all created and run by fans.
Dune (1992) – Good RPG Type Game
Main article: Dune (video game)
1992’s Dune from Cryo Interactive/Virgin Interactive blends adventure with strategy. Loosely following the story of the 1965 novel Dune and using many visual elements from the 1984 film of the same name by David Lynch, the game casts the player as Paul Atreides, with the ultimate goal of driving the Harkonnens from the planet Dune and taking control of its valuable export, the spice. Key to success is the management of spice mining, military forces, and ecology as the player amasses allies and skills. One aspect of the game allows the player to terraform Arrakis from a desert into a fertile and green planet, at the cost of sandworm habitat and reduced melange spice production.
Dune II (1992) – One of the First RTS games to come out that was good
Main article: Dune II
Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty, later retitled Dune II: Battle for Arrakis for the Mega Drive/Genesis port, was released in December 1992 from Westwood Studios/Virgin Interactive. Often considered to be the first “mainstream modern real-time strategy game”, Dune II established many conventions of the genre. Only loosely connected to the plot of the novels or films, the game pits three interplanetary houses — the Atreides, the Harkonnens, and the Ordos — against each other for control of the planet Arrakis and its valuable spice, all while fending off the destructive natural forces of the harsh desert planet itself.
Dune 2000 (1998) – Rehash of Dune II with nothing original
Main article: Dune 2000
Dune 2000, a 1998 remake of Dune II from Intelligent Games/Westwood Studios/Virgin Interactive, added improved graphics and live-action cutscenes. Though gameplay is similar to its predecessor, Dune 2000 features an enhanced storyline and functionality.
Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001) – Another Rehash that wasn’t that good
Main article: Emperor: Battle for Dune
Emperor: Battle for Dune (Intelligent Games/Westwood Studios/Electronic Arts) was released on June 12, 2001. A sequel to Dune 2000, the real-time strategy game features 3D graphics and live-action cutscenes, and casts players as Atreides, Harkonnens, or Ordos.
Frank Herbert’s Dune (2001) – Eek looks like a really bad adventure game
Main article: Frank Herbert’s Dune (video game)
Released in 2001 by Cryo Interactive/DreamCatcher Interactive, Frank Herbert’s Dune is a 3D video game based on the 2000 Sci Fi Channel miniseries of the same name. As Paul Muad’Dib Atreides, the player must become leader of the Fremen, seize control of Dune, and defeat the evil Baron Harkonnen. The game was not a commercial or critical success, and Cryo subsequently filed for bankruptcy in July 2002.
With all of the Star Wars and Star Trek games out there surely we can get a few more Dune games now?