Gamescom Opening Night Live: Funcom’s Dune Awakening survival MMO and more multiplayer news

    
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In-person Gamescom is back in Cologne, Germany, and tonight – as it’s tonight over there already of course – we’re getting the Opening Night Live show featuring Geoff Keighley and two full hours of gaming trailers and ads and the works. We’re not expecting a whole heckuva lot on the MMORPG and MMO-lite front, but we’ll be updating at the end of this post with the multiplayer highlights anyway!

Source: Gamescom
Quantum Knights
Here’s Quantum Knights up first – it’s a third-person looter-shooter from Space Dive Games and LINE Games, launching on PC next year.

DUNE Awakening
Well now I’m glad I didn’t skip this show. Funcom took the wraps off its DUNE survivalbox: It’s called DUNE Awakening, and Funcom is calling it an “open world survival MMO.” So back to calling it’s an MMO, huh! It’s already wishlistable on Steam, and you can sign up for the beta too; there’s no launch date given, but it’s set for PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S. MMO readers, of course, already know that this game has been in development since 2019.

“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. 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. Narrowly escape colossal sandworms, build your home from shelter to mighty base, and traverse the dunes in iconic vehicles from the universe. Hunt for spice blooms and deploy your harvester, then protect it from rival factions in fast-paced, deadly combat that shifts seamlessly from armored groundcars to ornithopters in the sky. Plot your rise to power and build your influence within the Landsraad through careful intrigue.”

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.
Destiny 2
Destiny 2 revealed Lightfall earlier today, but it carved out plenty of time during this show to run the trailer.

Atlas Fallen
Focus Entertainment and Deck13 Interactive dropped a compelling new trailer for its single-player and online-co-op title Atlas Fallen, launching on PC and console in 2023.

The Finals

Nexon and Embark Studios posted a brief tease for THE FINALS – yes, it’s all caps like that.

“Embark Studios today revealed THE FINALS, the ultimate combat-centered game show that takes dynamism and intuitiveness to a new level – where if you think something will work, it probably will. We invite you to virtual arenas based on iconic real-world locations that contestants can alter, exploit, and even destroy in chaotic PvP matches. Add a tremendous variety of skills and weapons to the mix, and you will be able to craft your own unique contestant with your very own loadout, playstyle, and look. Those who succeed will advance through escalating tournaments, earning lasting fame as they reach the ultimate pinnacle of competition in THE FINALS.”

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