From Dust is one of the summer games I am most looking forward to with Rock of Ages and Trackmania 2 following in chronological order. From Dust is a multi-platform game that advances the god game genre to heights of new beauty. The creator, Eric Chahi of Another World and Heart of Darkness fame, says that From Dust is most like a spiritual successor to Populous. It is one of the most beautiful games I have seen in a long time – both technically and aesthetically. And, with less than two weeks to launch, the publisher Ubisoft is unfortunately ensuring that it will remain a sleeper.
Astute readers might have already picked up that whereas we normally link games to their official site, the Wikipedia, or other Tap articles, I linked From Dust to a 150-word PC Gamer article. Amazingly enough this small article absolutely blows away anything else I have seen in terms of official information. It has a video portraying gameplay to a small degree. It has the release date. It has the price. And, it has the link to the official site. This article is banging!
Let’s Google “from dust game.” Okay, nothing official pops up. The Wikipedia article is my first hit, which has an “official link” to fromdustgame.com. Amazingly, that official link did not show up in my Google searches. That link leads to a boring Ubisoft game info site. But, we get another “official site” link to… Facebook. Seriously. Seriously?
The PC Gamer article actually has the official, official site link, which I couldn’t easily find through simple searches. It’s a pretty site with videos, some sort of half-tried blog, and a small handful of very pretty concept art. No pricing and no release date, though. It seems that the official, official site is still in “we have this game in development”-mode instead of “We Are Freakin’ Releasing Imminently!” So basically, Ubisoft needs to thank PC Gamer (and likely many other news sites) for doing their job.
As a gamer, I don’t ask for much. Gameplay style, pricing, and release are about what I want to know when I get interested in a game and the rest is fluff. Check out my favorite unreleased game’s FAQ yet for a mostly unknown PvP MMO coming out this year. Gameplay, pricing, and intended release are all fielded to some degree. Plus there is a serious lack of any marketing “polish.” It’s raw… refreshingly so.
I know that as a sandbox game From Dust starts at possible sleeper hit status and has to work it’s way up from there. I think that for a $20 game in a genre that sorely gets little, From Dust is already starting at a great place. Add the simplistic beauty, muted storytelling, and dynamic gameplay and I think it’s well on its way to being a hit. I hope other gamers can find it though.
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