Tuesday, May 10, 2011
Upcoming Game: From Dust
"From Dust" is an upcoming title from Ubisoft. They've released best-sellers like the Tom Clancy and Assassin's Creed series. Originally called, "Project Dust", From Dust makes promises that really pique my interest.
You're essentially playing God in this sandbox game. You take control of nature and it's properties, and model a world that evolves quickly. A tribe of humans wearing masks the entire game, inhabit your world, and must adapt to any environmental change, such as earthquakes, tsunamis and volcanic eruptions.
The art direction in the game is beautiful. The tribes were culturally influenced mostly by African tribes. Game artists took visual inspiration from our own world's natural wonders for the game. The bright color scheme looks nice too.
It'd be interesting to know more about the gameplay. I'd like to see the human population evolve over time, kind of like Age of Empires, except you aren't spending so much time hunting, gathering and foraging.
Something I haven't seen in a God game yet is a place where you, playing "God", get to hang out, when you're not messing with your world. Previous God games limit you to a bird's eye view of your world, whereas I think you should be able to have a "Heaven" where you can save, load, delete games. I guess it wouldn't be a gameplay element, more of an elaborate menu. Unless they made it like Fable 3's start menu.
Check it out below, let me know what you think!