E3 10: Eric Chahi returns to gaming with Project Dust

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Eric Chahi might not be a household name to most gamers, but his seminal game, Another World (known as Out of This World in North America) is one that many folks have fond memories of. Project Dust may not be a household name for most gamers, either, but if you saw the trailer for it at the end of Ubisoft’s press conference (or above), you’re probably interested in it.

Why bring these two things up together? Because Chahi is developing Dust, a game that he calls a spiritual successor to Populous, and that is a very awesome thing. In a Q&A, Chahi described the game as a simulator in which players will use the elements (ground, lava, water, fire, plants, trees) to help their people resist, expand and migrate so they can accomplish their quest to find a safe place to live. You’ll basically be manipulating the earth in order to help your tribe survive. It looks damn interesting.

The game will be landing on PC, PSN and XBLA next spring.

In case the concept art below and the trailer above don’t whet your appetite enough, here’s one more fact: Chahi says that the other inspiration for Dust is Rez, because music will play a large role in it. I just mentioned Another World, Populous and Rez when referring to one game. It’s already a must-buy for me.


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