Dune: Awakening

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Dune: Awakening is an open world, third-person[1] survival MMO developed and published by Funcom Games. Dune: Awakening was announced at Gamescom 2022 and was made available for players to add to their Steam wishlist shortly after. Whilst it is currently unknown when Dune: Awakening will be released, it has been announced that the game will be available on PC, Xbox Series X|S and PS5.[2]

Funcom later announced that development of the game was at a good stage, and that they would begin inviting closed beta testers for the game.[3] On January 9, 2024, Funcom created a TikTok account for the game, they have since shared numerous sneak peaks of the game including alpha footage.[4] Funcom regularly answers questions about the game and certain elements of it in their Discord server.

Synopsis[edit | edit source]

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.[5]

Gameplay[edit | edit source]

Dune: Awakening takes place within the world of Dune as built by Frank Herbert, but does not follow the timeline of the book. The game combines open world survival with the large social interaction, allowing players to adapt their gameplay to their style of play. Taking inspiration from survival games such as Valheim, players will need to avoid attracting sandworms, seek shelter from sandstorms, and maintain their water and spice levels to succeed in the harsh desert of Arrakis.[6]

Dune: Awakening puts players in the position of "Sleepers", who wake amidst the desert of Arrakis, stranded with nothing but a dagger they have fashioned from a piece of scrap metal[7]. Players will have to fight the harsh desert of Arrakis and all of the dangers that lie within in order to survive. The game is set in the year 10199AG, which is approximately 8 years after the events of the Dune movie, but the game will not follow the events or canonicity of either the books or the movies. Instead, the game follows an alternate timeline in which Jessica Atreides followed the Bene Gesserit's demands and had a daughter instead; as a result, Paul Atreides was never born.[8]

Questions[edit | edit source]

  • Is Dune: Awakening free?
    • Dune: Awakening will not be free at launch; it is unknown what the price will be.
  • Is Dune: Awakening coming to Xbox?
    • Yes, the game will be available on Xbox X|S at launch.
  • Will Dune: Awakening be on PS4?
    • There has been no announcement of this with Funcom being solely focused on next-generation hardware at the present time. Funcom has confirmed the game will be available for the PS5.
  • When is Dune: Awakening coming out?
    • It is currently unknown. Closed beta's are currently taking place.

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Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • Funcom worked with Legendary Entertainment to stay true to the Dune IP and to integrate the visuals from the Dune movie into the game.
  • On July 3, 2024, Dune: Awakening reached 1,000,000 wishlists on Steam.[9]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. All of the footage from the game has been third-person, and there has been no news about first-person playability; this does not mean it is not coming or planned, just that we do not know yet. The Dune: Awakening website also refers to '3rd person combat' but makes no mention of first-person.
  2. Press Release from Funcom.
  3. Beta announcement post
  4. TikTok teaser
  5. Official Synopsis from Funcom.
  6. Dune: Awakening MMO Will Let Players Team Up With Characters Who Are Dead In The Book.
  7. PC Gamer Interview with Funcom.
  8. https://www.gamesradar.com/games/mmo/survival-mmo-dune-awakening-is-set-in-an-alternate-timeline-where-paul-atreides-mother-never-disobeyed-her-bene-gesserit-overlords-and-there-is-no-lisan-al-gaib/
  9. https://x.com/DuneAwakening/status/1797632597675200632