Ubisoft’s New God Game From Dust Lets You Be A Kind Or Cruel Deity

By Ishaan . February 23, 2011 . 12:26pm

 

There’s a good chance you aren’t familiar with Ubisoft Montpellier’s From Dust, which first made an appearance at E3 last year. Shortly thereafter, Ubisoft released a tech demo video of the game, which you can view above.

 

Ubisoft describe From Dust as a “modern take on the God game genre.” While the tech demo video above shows you aspects of creation and evolution and natural disasters in From Dust, the ESRB have a few more things to add.

 

“This is a simulation game in which players help guide a primitive tribe to gain knowledge and expand their civilization. From a top-down perspective, players can manipulate soil, water, trees, etc. to help villagers migrate between islands, create villages, and defend against natural disasters. If players wish to, they can also set fire in villages or create giant tidal waves; villagers cry out when washed away into sea and collapse to the ground when overcome by fire.”

 

Despite the fact that you’re setting people on fire and tearing entire villages down, From Dust is rated “Everyone 10+,” which is a little amusing, especially considering the only content descriptor applied to the game is “Mild Violence.”


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  • KyoyaHibari

    Looks very intricate and relaxing, I need something like this to sooth me from time to time, I love the ever expanding choices and environments, unlike flower or flow, this looks really gorgeous

  • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

    This looks freaking awesome O_O This simulation game looks pretty advanced, ill be expecting to see more about this soon.

  • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

    Villages? I guess I would have loved it if they went with the cities and such, ah we need another Sim City (3000 Unlimtied was the best one ever!)

    • http://thrust-the-sky.deviantart.com/ WildArms

      Well, the madame talking did said that this is made based on the power of nature.
      But she also said that this is made so we can see how fast can the human existence can come and go.

      So there is still a possibility that this can go until a more futuristic civilization

  • John_Polson_IGB

    Looks nice. Speaking of God Games, I would personally love a current gen ACTRAISER.

    • http://blackwings.net Sayoko

      I almost forgot all about Actraiser! That WOULD be awesome.

      And I never knew it was a Square-Enix game until just now. Quick! This might just be the solution they need to gain their fans back.

  • http://www.facebook.com/roddzki Roddz Ayson

    This looks spectacular! I haven’t actually played a game like this before, but I’d be very delighted to give this one a go. :D

  • Jellybit

    I wanted this a while ago. Do we know a release date yet? Last I heard it was a PSN/XBLA release, but there was a rumor that it would instead be a disc release. Do we have any updated info?

  • badmoogle

    “This is a simulation game in which players help guide a primitive tribe to gain knowledge and expand their civilization.”

    Well “primitive” tribes usually fair much better than our stressful and “advanced” civilization of coca-cola and starbucks so i’m not sure if i will want them to gain knowledge and expand their civilization.

    Otherwise this looks interesting and a breath of fresh air from all the shoot/kill/maim/destroy games.I will keep an eye on it.

    • http://tristsantithesis.tumblr.com/ Tsunayoshi Sawada

      Advanced civilization on Coca-Cola and Starbucks? Where do you live, as Starbucks has been in swift decline (a loss of over 77% profit in just one year).

      • badmoogle

        News to me.I was living in a major European city for many years and i’ve never seen a Starbucks closing.Quite the contrary actually.They were keep opening new ones (and devouring nearby small shops.)

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Tommy-Lee/518924335 Tommy Lee

        That’s old news. Sure they closed down a lot of their smaller stores, but thanks to that and some other key decisions, they’ve made quite a comeback since then. They’re not going away anytime soon.

  • theworldofnoboundries

    I hope this is coming to PC. I jut don’t really like playing game like this in console

  • MarkMario

    Gimme Gimme Gimme !

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lily-Fenix/100001030716636 Lily Fenix

    Black & White anyone? Topic instantly made me think of that. Sacrificing villagers, picking one up and throwing them over a mountain and setting them on fire just because all while listening to them scream. Ahh, good times, good times.

    Defiantly gonna get this if it’s for 360 but would prefer PC. Wonder if they’ll have kinect ability with it.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_S2UKKIGGOA4V5EIFXAD7BQQOV4 Heehee

      Also reminds me of Virtual Villagers.

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Lily-Fenix/100001030716636 Lily Fenix

        A bit but in Virtual Villagers you couldn’t really harm them, in Black & White and this game it seems you can be as diabolical as your heart desires. <3

  • 5parrowhawk

    ‘Despite the fact that you’re setting people on fire and tearing entire villages down, From Dust is rated “Everyone 10+,” which is a little amusing, especially considering the only content descriptor applied to the game is “Mild Violence.”’

    Defcon got “Mild Violence”.

    QED.

  • Yusaku_Matsuda70s

    I’ll buy any game from the creator of Out of This World. Also helps that it’s one of those few titles this gen with game mechanics that look like nothing else out there.

  • http://twitter.com/gabriel_may_uk Gabriel May

    I see…So you can also hunt Moogles and skin them to make masks!

    Make this available for the PC, add in the ability to create mods and you have yourself a hit game Ubisoft.

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