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Funcom, veterans of the MMO genre (Conan Exiles, The Secret World) 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.

According to the press release, this is a six-year partnership to release at least three titles on the PC/Console platforms. The first of the three games will be in the “Open World Multiplayer” genre and will begin pre-production at Funcom’s internal development studio at Oslo later this year.

“Funcom has a strong history of working with beloved sci-fi/fantasy intellectual properties including our bestsellers Age of Conan and Conan Exiles,” said Funcom CEO, Rui Casais, in a statement. “So many of us at Funcom, myself included, are huge fans of Frank Herbert’s work and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Legendary to bring the iconic Dune universe to life for gamers all over the globe.”

As the company stated:

“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.”

DUNE is a universe that deserves more love if you ask us. Dune is a science fiction media franchise that originated with the 1965 novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Aside from a 1984 live-action film by maestro David Lynch, which has now received a fair amount of cult following, there have been five Dune video games released between 1992-2001 in the DUNIVERSE. Blade Runner 2049’s Denis Villeneuve is currently working with Legendary on a new Dune movie to be released in 2020.

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