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Dune: Awakening is an upcoming Open World Survival MMO video game developed and published by Funcom.

The game's art direction emulates Denis Villeneuve's movies.[1]

Gameplay design will be much in the same vein as Conan Exiles, another licensed open world survival MMO video game developed by Funcom.


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.

  • Survive the most dangerous planet in the universe. Build shelters against sandstorms, maintain your stillsuit, and master the old ways to walk even the deepest deserts. Avoid or be devoured by the colossal sandworms that dwell beneath the sands.
  • Explore the ever-changing face of Arrakis. Walk the ruins of long-forgotten biological testing stations, scavenge the wreckage of fallen spaceships, and wander the dusty halls of abandoned sietches. 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.
  • Control the spice, control Arrakis. Hunt for spice blooms and deploy your harvester, then protect it from opportunistic raiders and rival factions. Soak the sand in blood as massive battles shift seamlessly from foot to vehicles and from ground to ornithopters in the sky.
  • Make plans within plans. Make a name for yourself among the inhabitants of Arrakis. Wield intrigue and force to influence the Landsraad and impact the world. Build your own faction through spice harvesting, trade, subterfuge, and open conflict.
  • Awaken the sleeper. Tailor every aspect of your character. Consume spice to conquer your senses and acquire powerful abilities. Hone your craft to become sought out for the finest creations. Construct your fortress in the style of your choosing. The journey is yours to shape.

Dune Awakening will focus on five main pillars: survival, politics, infinite exploration, weapon combat and customization.


Awakening is based on a "what if?" scenario, where Jessica Atreides gave birth to a daughter rather than Paul.[3] Leto Atreides is still alive.[4]


Awakening will feature a crafting system and skill trees. A character creation system features, where players can choose their character's home planet, origin, and appearance. While the game takes place on Arrakis, and is therefore mostly set in desolate environs, players will be able to explore micro-biomes, such as pockets of shelter to build a base in, and caves filled with hostile creatures. Players will be able to track down enemy bases in search of loot and resources.[5]

Sandworms feature as enemies, but cannot be fought, only fled from. If a sandworm devours a player, they lose all their gear. The same is true for dying in the game's PVP system, or if a player fails to take cover in a world-changing event.[4]

Players have to manage their water reserves. This includes the ability to harvest water from slain enemies. A heat-stroke mechanic features, where players are punished for spending too long in open sunlight. This results in crippling debuffs.[5]

Sandstorms feature in the game. Every week, sections of the game not protected by a shield will be hit by a sandstorm, wiping out all the buildings players have constructed in the last seven days. These Coriolis storms regularly alter the landscape, uncovering new valuable resources and sweeping away player-built outposts.[4]

Five skill trees feature, which allow the option of three techniques players can mix with their main attacks. Players can learn abilities from mentats and Bene Gesserit.[4]

Zones have level caps.[4]

Players can build and fly their own ornithopters.[6]


The following locations have thus been confirmed:

More locations will be added as time goes by.


The game's developers were able to visit the set of Dune: Part One to take inspiration.[2] The game had entered closed beta by June, 2024.[3]


By June 2024, 1 million Steam users had placed the game on their wishlist.[3]





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