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Project Dust Inspired By...Volcanoes?

It was revealed at Ubisoft's E3 press conference but since that time, we've definitely wanted to learn more about this unique game.

Called Project Dust, this title from iconic Another World designer Eric Chahi had a particular inspiration behind it: volcanoes. In speaking to Joystiq, Chahi said that he's now "crazy about volcanoes" and when experts predict an eruption, he hops a plane and takes the first flight to see it. Yeah, we know what you're thinking: "...the heck does this have to do with video games?" Well, apparently, Project Dust is all about manipulating nature. Chahi describes it as a simulation, kinda "like playing 'sandcastle' on the beach, except you have more material to use, like lava." It doesn't take a scientist to know that lava can shape the earth, and that's part of the gameplay. You interact with your tribe of people by manipulating the land around them; you can even scare 'em if you so choose. The example is given of actually picking up water and turning it into a free-floating sphere, which of course is pretty confusing to the inhabitants of that world.  The possibilities are limitless, right?

For now, we like the sound of Project Dust, if only because it sounds so darn original. It actually reminds us of something like Populous only with a modern twist.

Related Game(s): Project Dust

Tags: project dust, ubisoft, info, chahi

6/30/2010 9:04:09 PM John Shepard

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Comments (18 posts)

LightShow
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 9:42:24 PM
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...sweet.

sounds like fun

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Dancemachine55
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 9:47:57 PM
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A video games developer who travels around the world to watch volcanoes erupting as a source of inspiration? This guy sounds really dedicated to the job, and that can only mean one thing...

This game screams quality. I have high hopes for this title. Can't wait to see more.

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Oyashiro
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 9:54:37 PM
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I keep thinking of Populous: The Beginning for the PS1 every time I see this.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:05:29 PM
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Guy sounds like a nut. I don't see the appeal.

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kraygen
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 11:12:34 PM

I agree, with my sadistic nature, I'd kill all the villagers in 5 minutes and the game would be over.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 11:26:52 PM

I don't think that's going to happen it's not like that.

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WorldEndsWithMe
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 12:31:18 AM

Okay I spoke extemporaneously, the guy does sound like a nut, BUT thinking back over the ages I do recall having some fun with a few games that made me God. Not sure that sort of thing can hang this generation though. I'll try to keep an open mind.

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kraygen
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 6:12:25 PM

@ stangman

Really? If it's not like that, then I'm even less interested. What's the point of being God in a video game if you can't even kill your subjects.

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Clamedeus
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:32:51 PM
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Never thought someone could get inspiration from a volcano, especially for a game.

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Kangasfwa
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:35:19 PM
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Maybe thatgamecompany provided some inspiration as well.

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BikerSaint
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:38:25 PM
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Sounds intriguing to me.

I wonder if you'll have usage of all of planet's natural elements & if so, whether you can use them all or in different combos, to both, create, and to destroy.

Hmmmm, just maked me think of a catchy logo for it....
"You can kiss Ur-anus goodbye"

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FatherSun
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 10:41:55 PM
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Sounds interesting in theory and in name. Ill need to see some gameplay. I wouldn't mind trying my hand at playing GOD.

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Naztycuts
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 11:15:55 PM
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I hope its as fun as it sounds, I'm picturing the old World of Warcraft from the PSX days, if its anything like that i'll d1p it.

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StangMan80
Wednesday, June 30, 2010 @ 11:28:59 PM
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This game is interesting. I'll have to keep my eye out on this one.

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Qubex
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 4:04:41 AM
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It sounds like a Peter Molyneux effort... original game idea... let's see how Dust is executed... It may give me an excuse to dust off my controller to play it...

Q!

"play.experience.enjoy"

*Currently in SinCity, Singapore

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JackC8
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 7:39:32 AM
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Getting inspiration from something is easy. Making a great game out of it takes a huge amount of creativity, and even more work. We'll see.

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Riku994
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 9:28:03 AM
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Sounds like the Sims to me lol.

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Geobaldi
Thursday, July 01, 2010 @ 12:49:50 PM

And we all know how popular and successful that has become. So good things may be in the future for this as well.

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