Conan Exiles developer Funcom has won the rights to develop video games based on\u00a0Frank Herbert\u2019s Dune. The games will not be specifically based on Herbert\u2019s sprawling series of novels, but rather the upcoming coming film adaptation from\u00a0Denis Villeneuve, the acclaimed director of Arrival and Blade Runner 2048. Dune has received the video game treatment many times before, most effectively in Virgin Interactive\u2019s 1992 strategy adventure, and\u00a0Westwood Studios\u2019 influential real-time strategy game,\u00a0Dune II.\u00a0Westwood\u2019s game \u2013 which was released on\u00a0home computers and the Sega Genesis in 1992\/93 \u2013 \u00a0laid the groundwork for future RTS classics including\u00a0Command & Conquer. The last game of note was a critically panned tie-in to the middling 2001 Sci-Fi Channel\u00a0mini-series. It\u2019s safe to predict that Funcom will be working with stronger material this time round. Rui Casais, CEO of Funcom, says: \u201cFuncom has a strong history of working with beloved sci-fi\/fantasy intellectual properties including our bestsellers Age of Conan and Conan Exiles. So many of us at Funcom, myself included, are huge fans of Frank Herbert\u2019s work and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to collaborate with Legendary to bring the iconic Dune universe to life for gamers all over the globe.\u201d Development on the first game will begin at Funcom\u2019s Oslo studio later this year. Image: Official Dune Website.