The expansive Dune sci-fi franchise is coming to the tabletop space, thanks to a new partnership between Gale Force Nine, Legendary Entertainment and Herbert Properties.
As master licensee, GF9 will produce original tabletop games drawing from the extensive Dune franchise, including printed work by Frank Herbert, Brian Herbert and Kevin J Anderson, as well as tie-ins with Legendary’s upcoming film.
Gale Force 9 has stated that this is ‘only the beginning of its big plans in tabletop’ for the franchise.
“Dune is a rich and wonderful universe, and we expect to produce an equally expansive and inspired line of games for years to come,” said John-Paul Brisigotti, CEO of GF9.
Jamie Kampel, vice president of licensing and partnership for Legendary, added: “Gale Forc Nine has consistently demonstrated a skill and passion for building successful tabletop game series alongside category leading partners and we are thrilled to announce this exciting addition to the Dune licensing programme.
“Legendary looks forward to a fun and meaningful contribution to this revered legacy property.”
The full range of products, including board and miniatures games are scheduled to release prior to the upcoming Dune theatrical release in 2020. GF9 plans to align with further game companies in a number of categories for future releases.
Brisigotti, added: “With this master license, we are excited to collaborate with our peers and leverage their unique expertise to realise a complete spectrum of game types and authentic experiences.”
The first title scheduled is a role-playing game from Modiphius, the publisher behind a raft of hit licensed board games including Star Trek Adventures, Fallout: wasteland Warfare, Conan, Mutant Chronicles, Achtung! Cthulhu and Tales from the Loop.
The licensing deal itself was brokered by Joe LeFavi of Genuine Entertainment, who will manage the Dune license for GF9.