By Al Giovetti
Westwood brings DUNE to life once again
Westwood Studios' Dune 2 set the world on fire by introducing real-time to the strategy genre and a new way to control the battlefield. On January 16, 1998, Westwood proudly announced Dune 2000, scheduled to be released this spring.
The reborn classic has all the features that made the original a huge hit, and now it's even better. Players will be able to battle in the world of Dune across the Internet and over local area networks. Dune 2000 will feature a Command & Conquer-style interface for quick and easy gameplay. New high-resolution graphics bring the world of Dune to life like never before.
Dune 2000 offers all the familiar units of the original: Deviators, sonic tanks, ornithopters, Freman warriors, the Emperor's elite troops, the Sardaukar and many more. Sandworms roam the desert looking for troops to devour while players can fight against up to two other sides. Players can lead the noble Atreides, the sneaky Ordos or the evil Harkonnen.
"Dune 2 is still very popular with our fans," said Brett W. Sperry, president of Westwood Studios. "We decided to update the classic and give Dune fans, for the first time ever, the experience of playing head-to-head. At the same time, we're giving players who are new to the game a chance to experience this fascinating world."
New video mission briefings, inspired by the sets and costumes of the movie, are used to make each battle more dramatic and create a rich game environment.
"Dune was an inspiration to me and the design team," Sperry said. "It's an exotic setting full of political intrigue and hidden danger. It's a fascinating world for a game, and with this new and improved Dune, it's once again a fun place to wage war."
Westwood Studios is a prominent publisher of best-selling PC, Macintosh and next-generation console games. Formed in 1985, Westwood Studios has released several popular titles including: Dune II(tm), Lands of Lore(tm), the Kyrandia(tm) adventure trilogy, Monopoly® for the Internet and the Command & Conquer product line, which has sold over 6 million units worldwide since its debut in 1995. For the latest news and information, contact Westwood at 702/228-4040 or visit www.westwood.com.
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