The canceled Dune was financed on Kickstarter in three days -apkrig

As part of our series on the history of games from the Dune universe, we also wrote about canceled titles. In the seventh part, we introduced the game Frank Herbert’s Dune: Ornithopter Assault for Game Boy Advance from the Hungarian studio Soft Brigade, which never received an official release, even though it was almost finished. The French company Cryo, as its publisher, went bankrupt. Although the unfinished version leaked to the Internet a long time ago and anyone could play it, the game has now also attempted a commercial comeback after 20 years. In mid-November, a crowdfunding campaign launched at Kickstarter, where the title is running out for fans’ favor under the name Elland: The Crystal Wars.

But the planet is called Elland and instead of spices we find minerals and crystals.

Although the game had to get rid of the license and references to Dun, its form and content would not otherwise change. And the fact that it wasn’t from The Retro Room Games, which acquired the rights to the game and publishes it, is a bad intention, the current numbers prove it best. Although 51 days remain until the end of the campaign, the project has already been funded. A total of 155 people contributed over $ 8,000 to the game, while the campaign authors asked for only $ 7,563. The campaign could be declared successful after only three days, which is undoubtedly a success given the title and the fact that the unfinished version is available for free on the Internet.

The first person “simulator” promises 23 missions and the campaign attracts possible locations, souvenirs and the release of a physical version, including a box and manual. Even if the title loses references to Dun, it is supposed to retain its original character, which is evident from the videos. The game will still be set in the harsh desert world where it will be mined. But the planet is called Elland and instead of spices we find minerals and crystals, as the name suggests. Even if the names, some characters and part of the dialogues change, it probably won’t be too hard to live in the illusion that it’s really Dune.

The Retro Room Games believes that even without a license that they failed to secure, this is an amazing game that is ahead of time and will be enjoyed by fans. If the authors manage to achieve the support of players for other stretch goals, a short documentary with the original developers, additional merch, bonus cheats, a PC port, additional features or even two additional missions could be made. However, developers are still a long way from this hypothetical goal.

The project can be supported with an amount of 10 to 175 dollars. But for $ 10, you don’t get anything but feeling good. For 15 you can already look forward to the digital version, manual and other information. A special digital version with soundtrack and extra artwork is available for $ 25. The standard physical version comes in at $ 55 and includes a digital version. The highest bid of $ 175 promises on top of a badge, soundtrack on CD, name in the manual, name in the headlines and early access to the digital version for testers.

For more details on the original Frank Herbert’s Dune: Ornithopter Assault game and its fate, see our recent topic.

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History of games according to Dune, part one
Cryo completed the game, although the publisher entrusted the task to Westwood. And suddenly there were two Dunes

History of games according to Dune, part two
The real-time strategy of Dune II gave birth to the belief that turn-based war games are boring and slow

The history of games according to Dune, part three
The players didn’t want a remake of Dune 2000, but they still got it. He paved the way for the sequel

Dune Games History, Part Four
Emperor: Battle for Dune failed to emerge from the shadow of Dune II. He took us to other planets

Dune History, Part Five
Cry’s second Dune was shorter than her television masterpiece. It starts in half and confuses the author’s name

Dune History, Part Six
Crya’s MMO Dune Generations 20 years ago promised an ambitious online real-time strategy

Dune History, Part Seven
You can play the canceled Dune for Game Boy Advance now. It will also be officially released after 20 years

Dune History, Part Eight
Behind The Dune is an erotic remake of Cry’s first Dune. The free game is surprisingly good

We Play the Live Classic Dune (1992)
Come with us to the planet Arrakis in the first game from the universe of Frank Herbert

We Play the Live Classic Dune II (1992)
We return to Arrakis in the famous real-time strategy from Westwood that overshadowed Cryo

We play a live classic: Dune 2000
But we will look at the popular real-time strategy in one of the strangest versions ever

We are playing a live unofficial remaster of Dune 2000
We are returning to the planet Arrakis in a free community project with new features and functions

Don’t wait for EA, play Dune 2000 remaster now
Thanks to the community project OpenRA, you can try the modern version with lots of new features

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