Board game developer, Gale Force Nine Games is tapping into the retro revival with the re-release of the sci-fi board game Dune, 35 years after its original launch.
It was revealed last year that Gale Force Nine had secured the rights to the retro game based on Frank Herbert’s iconic sci-fi novel, but few details were given as to just how the deal would play out.
At this year’s Game Manufacturers Association trade show in Reno, it was confirmed that the board game publishers would actually do very little with it… other than bring in the original three game designers for a quick spruce up and re-release the hit title.
Originally published in 1979 and based on the Dune novel, this is a game in which a space civilisation struggles for power as it pits players against each other as they take on the roles of warring factions fighting for control of the spice-producing planet.
The game received a second edition with the release of the David Lynch movie in 1984, but went out of print when interest trailed off. It has since become a rare and highly sought title for tabletop gamers.
Gale Force Nine’s John-Paul Brisigotti, told Game Trade Media: “We wanted to do something classic and have the original game from Peter Olotka and the guys that wrote the original Dune game.
“The game is great, it was great in ’78 and still great today – it needs a graphic update – but we have basically taken the Avalon Hill game and Peter and the guys updated the rules to modernise them a little, but fundamentally that classic game will be out in the summer, probably in August.”
Nerdist writes that this is actually expected to be the first in a line of new Dune games from a number of game companies, marking the first major licensed products from the franchise in three decades.