A bunch of good news is coming from Funcom's camp as the company not only had its best year ever when it comes to finance, they're also working on three games based on Frank Herbert's masterpiece Dune, one of which is an open-world MMO.
The news came from Funcom's financial report for the fourth quarter of 2018, where they highlighted the year as most profitable in the company's history and said that Funcom Oslo is working on a Dune open-world MMO game.
Furthermore, Funcom established exclusive gaming partnership with Legendary Entertainment, owners of Herbert's IP. According to the deal, Funcom will produce at least three Dune games over the next six years.
Dune-mania is likely to be at its peak by the time the games are in, what with the movie being remade by Denis Villeneuve, whom you may know as the director of Sicario, Arrival and Blade Runner 2049, to name but a few.
Rui Casais, Funcom's CEO said, "Dune is one of the world's best-known science fiction universes and a personal favourite of mine. To work on Dune games is a dream come true for many of us in Funcom. We will talk more about what we will do in this fantastic universe in the future."
As for the rest of Funcom's financial report, it seems that everything is as rosy as can be, with revenues and cash flow increasing by 46 and 65 per cent compared to the year 2017.
It gets even better when comparing Q4 2018 to the same quarter in 2017, as the company increased quarterly revenue by 166 per cent, equity by 230 per cent, cash position by 157 per cent and cash flow from operating activities by 41 per cent.
Of course, it's still a bit too early to be certain of anything and there's no word yet on what the other two Dune games may be. If history has any say in it, however, we're likely to see a real-time strategy too, in the vein of Virgin and Westwood's classic Dune II.
You can find Funcom's Q4 2018 financial report here.