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Scheduled release date:

Q2 2011




Ubisoft Montpelier

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We’ll be bringing you previews of games like Ace Combat: Assault Horizon and Vritua Tennis 4 soon but in the meantime, we wanted to take a look at that very unique and intriguing downloadable title from Ubisoft. At first, it was only known as “Project Dust” but last week at GamesCom 2010, it was officially unveiled as From Dust and the early footage and information began to flow. You can check out the debut trailer below and as for the gameplay details, we know this game centers on the concept of playing God; i.e., controlling nature’s elements to keep some ancient peoples alive and safe. Terraforming is a complex and thought-provoking concept to begin with; when we take that to a new level and acquire the ability to transform/move the land, oceans and life inherent to both…well, that’s an appealing idea. It’s also super ambitious for a downloadable project and if done correctly, may become a “measuring stick” game for all future original digital games.

From Dust takes a macro approach to reforming the terrain; you won’t be moving a single tree or a single creature from here to there; you’ll be taking great mounds of earth to create mountains (or islands in the midst of the ocean); you’ll take a huge amount of water and drop it in a strategic locale to form a useful lake. As we understand it, this is done simply and easily, as the developers are implementing a straightforward control scheme for maneuvering those various earth elements. All you’ll really have to do is select the terrain, the size or amount, and then simply grab it and move it about via the left analog stick. This may prove essential because we can easily envision various gameplay situations and instances where speed will be of the essence. You’ll be battling all sorts of natural disasters as time goes on and in order to save the civilians, you just might have to think quickly and act fast. We kinda like it when we have time to plan a strategy but since when does Mother Nature wait for that sort of thing?

Despite that aforementioned macro philosophy, you still have to keep an eye on how everything reacts to your ministrations. For instance, if you’re digging around by the shore of a body of water, you can expect  the water to realistically fall into the holes and trenches you’re creating. If you pick up a big parcel of land that includes a forest or something, pieces of that forest will be spread about when you decide on a location for that particular piece of land. Also, remember the creatures and humans; they may prove to be the trickiest to deal with – if only ‘cuz they move – but their survival will be crucial. Perhaps most important is the realization that you’re dealing with a living, breathing world: technically labeled as a simulation, everything should seem quite authentic. Water will eat away at land, plants will grow, and lava can flow and cut away; the game’s accelerated clock will allow you to see how everything progresses and it’s advised that you remain vigilant at all times.

And sometimes, it isn’t just about protecting a group of faceless civilians. You may have to protect one particular individual so he can fulfill his very important purpose, and that may entail clearing a path for him. It almost seems like an awesome combination of Civilization, Lemmings and Black & White, doesn’t it? If done correctly, those villagers – who can obtain power of the elements, too – will fight for their own survival. Success will rely on the combined control and brainpower of you (the all-powerful deity) and the villagers who have more power than any of us have ever dreamed of having. For now, this is entirely a single-player experience although it seems Ubisoft may consider adding some form of multiplayer entertainment after the game releases. From Dust doesn’t yet have a solidified release date, but expect to see it some time during the second quarter of next year.

8/23/2010 Ben Dutka

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Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 9:41:01 PM

cannot wait for this, god simulation is just epic in general. black & white anyone? the physics of this game look incredible though, i can't wait to get my hands on it, i just wonder what the prices will be, I know it's amazing, but it'd DL only, so...i'm think 15$-20$

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 1:17:51 AM


I mentioned Black & White in the earlier article with the video. That game was so much fun, brings back memories :P

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Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 9:44:01 PM

Every time they put more info out on this game, it just keeps looking better & better!

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Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 10:16:55 PM

This looks pretty interesting. I'll be keeping an eye on this.

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Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 10:31:45 PM

Hey I might get this sucker, I used to have hours of fun back in the day with Act Raiser.

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Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 11:56:07 PM

Looks great. I'll keep a watch-out for this as well. Cool stuff!

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Monday, August 23, 2010 @ 11:57:21 PM

i like god games and this game has caught my eye, will definitely b keeping an eye on it.

last god game i played was black n white n i never got past the beginning (mainly because i got bored of it) but this one incorporates the elements into it, so it already has my attention.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 12:37:04 AM

the only thing that sucks about this game is i have to wait until next year, lol... but, the concept is right up my alley and i will continue to keep tabs on it from now on... that video rocked and i am now on board...

i would even possibly pay full price if it offered a full experience and unlimited re-playability... and the simple fact that placing a rock differently could change the future landscape drastically is just amazing to me...

bravo, ubi... you found a winner...

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 1:30:59 AM

Well a breath of fresh air and creativity is always welcome in my digital library! And come on people, how often do we get to play god!?

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 3:25:27 AM

looks interesting.
nice to see ubisoft releasing some really good games lately, besides there BS DRM on there freaking PC games there releasing some fantastic stuff!
now, enough of this dust shenanigans and show us i am alive god dam it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 7:03:09 AM

Looking very cool. I've never played a god game before, so this will be a new experience.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 8:41:06 AM

If it's like Black and White, Populous or ActRaiser, I would definitely try it (I hope it's more like the latter two I mentioned)!

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 8:51:23 AM

That game has PS Move written all over it.

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Tuesday, August 24, 2010 @ 10:47:04 AM

Looks very interesting, but what happens after you make the world and all that? No action?

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Wednesday, August 25, 2010 @ 8:10:15 AM

i can think of nothing worthful to say. but damn that looks good.

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