Conan Unconquered is the first RTS made around Robert E Howard's Conan the Barbarian, and it's coming this year from Funcom and Petroglyph. Now we've got our first look at the game, along with the first Conan Unconquered gameplay footage.
It's being made by the veterans of the RTS genre at Petroglyph, who worked on Command & Conquer and Star Wars: Empire at War, and are currently working on the Command & Conquer Remasters, but we're also asking the important question - are they working on a new Dune RTS?
The new Conan Unconquered gameplay can be seen in the video below, along with developers from Petroglyph talking about the game. It's described as Stronghold meets They Are Billions, a "survival RTS" which sounds pretty awesome. Conan Unconquered will be playable at GDC later this month, so expect to see a lot of footage coming out of that, and will be released by Funcom in Q2 2019.
However, we want to put out a theory. Are developers Petroglyph working on a new Dune RTS too? Publisher Funcom (who also own the Conan IP) recently revealed that they have three Dune games in production, now they have the IP. One of these will be an "open world multiplayer" game (probably an MMO) made by Funcom themselves, but the other two games are currently unknown.
Now, when you think "Dune videogame" the first thing that should come to mind is an RTS, as Dune 2 was the game that essentially created the genre. Not only does Conan Unconquered look like a Dune game in parts, but Petroglyph are specifically labelled in the press release as the "lead developers on classics such as Dune II and Command & Conquer." There's even a shot of the cover of Dune 2 in the video.
The rumours start here folks. Honestly, it'd be more shocking not to have the creators of Dune 2 working on a follow-up to Emperor: Battle for Dune (one of the last games released under the Westwood label).