E3: “Project Dust” – New Game From Eric Chahi
Ubisoft is promising the most spectacular PSN game today with the announcement of “Project Dust”. From Eric Chahi, the man behind “Out of this World”, Project Dust is set in an “extreme version of planet Earth.” Chahi is calling this game a spiritual successor to Populous.
The game is set in an extreme version of Planet Earth where nature unleashes her power in a much more violent way than what we are used to. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions are what the days are made of for the people of Dust. In this kind of God game, users will play with powers to manipulate the world around them. Ground, water, lava, fire, plants and trees -model the world like a child playing sand castles on the beach. With such powers, players will help their people resist, expand and migrate so they can accomplish their quest to find a safe place.
The gameplay also sounds very interesting.
Players will be able to manipulate ground, water, vegetation, lava as if playing sandcastles on the beach. Breaching a lake open, digging craters, flooding valleys… And all this is simulation, not just graphics visualization.
The technology behind the game is at the top of what can be done on today’s computer architecture. The team did some impressive work, way beyond my expectations when I conceived the design.
There is no date set yet, but look for this sometime in 2011.