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From Dust Has a Glorious Engine for God Games

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 31 comments

It's time to mess with the villagers.

One of the games that slipped through our view during Gamescom last week was From Dust, a download game from Ubisoft planned for release in March 2011.

What makes From Dust seem so special is that it channel some of the classic PC gameplay styles from old games like Populous. While that sort of gameplay doesn't seem very marketable anymore in a stand-alone retail space, it could be perfect for download on Xbox Live Arcade, PlayStation Network and various PC channels.

From Dust is very much a game where you play God and have control over the land and elements. Right now it's just a solo affair, but developers are exploring the possibilities of adding multiplayer modes after release.

Check out the first developer diary below to see what the game is all about.

From Dust

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    Blessedman , August 26, 2010 12:07 PM
    That truly is a glorious engine.
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    Blessedman , August 26, 2010 12:07 PM
    That truly is a glorious engine.
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2010 12:10 PM
    it' black and white!!!!!
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    adikos , August 26, 2010 12:20 PM
    the engine looks real nice, the gameplay however looks very unappealing, but this is just a first look. thats not to say it wont be interesting to play. i used to play populous and i really enjoyed sacrifice by shiny entertainment, while it was more rts sided, it was still a beautiful game at its time and was a change of pace.

    from dust has potential.

    wonder if it will have drm lol
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    Anonymous , August 26, 2010 12:27 PM
    it seems like populous 3 WOOOT !they have already sold me i am SO on board .... the only thing that will kill it will be the DRM ....

    it is so sad that one has to worry about if a game will work at all thanx to extra software that publishers add ...
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    LORD_ORION , August 26, 2010 12:31 PM
    Wow that is pretty freakin awesome. I love this genre and will definitely give it a go.
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    adribhel , August 26, 2010 12:47 PM
    This is an innovative game engine. Not just prettier graphics. (Even though it has that too)
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    willgart , August 26, 2010 12:56 PM
    Well... not so realistic... there is no steam when the lava hit the water ;-)

    The natural physics appear to be really good. Really good starting point. Go Ubi go!
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    decepticon , August 26, 2010 12:58 PM
    I must say, that looks very impressive.

    *drool*
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    moomooman , August 26, 2010 1:10 PM
    Looks very populous-y, will those gorgeous graphics require a DX-11 graphics card?
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    thomas1728 , August 26, 2010 1:27 PM
    It looks like I could just have fun building the environment.
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    jeraldjunkmail , August 26, 2010 1:41 PM
    I hope it plays slower than black and white. My problem with Black and White was that it was simply too hard to do everything. So hard in fact that your people would die at home, nothing would get built, and you would lose the game because you were controlling your army. You almost literally needed to be in two places at one.
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    Darkerson , August 26, 2010 1:51 PM
    I will definitely have to keep an eye on this. Looks very interesting! I loved Populous back in the day, along with some of Bullfrog's other games. Black & White, not so much. And Sacrifice was a fun game too! Wouldn't mind seeing a new version of that as well!
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    scione , August 26, 2010 2:03 PM
    Mmm Populous, great times.
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    Gin Fushicho , August 26, 2010 3:11 PM
    OOoooo, it's like those "sandbox" games that you can play, but a lot more awesome.

    I want this game, I'd kill a lot of time.
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    ares1214 , August 26, 2010 3:20 PM
    This looks like a Black and White 2. Just a little better :lol: 
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    CoryInJapan , August 26, 2010 4:02 PM
    Reminds me a little of black and white but better..and without the pet and hand.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 26, 2010 4:24 PM
    CoryInJapanReminds me a little of black and white but better..and without the pet and hand.

    Black & White and also Populus from back in the day. Definitely looks cool.
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    Parsian , August 26, 2010 4:48 PM
    I cant find the Engine's name or any information on it. I am so curious about the fluid physics they implemented and how well it runs on CPU...
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    Mr Pizza , August 26, 2010 4:58 PM
    PEGI 12
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    megamanx00 , August 26, 2010 5:03 PM
    nifty
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