Officially Licensed DUNE Board Games Coming from Portal Games
Dune got some comics from BOOM! Studios and a tabletop RPG were revealed recently and now, Portal Games has revealed that they’re going to be publishing officially licensed board games in Frank Herbert’s universe! The first game in a trilogy is Dune: House Secrets and it will be released in Q4 2021. The game is said to take inspiration both from the book series and Denis Villeneuve’s movie.
House Secrets will be using the game system from Detective: A Modern Crime Board Game to build a story-driven coop adventure game for interesting 1-5 players on the desert planet of Arrakis. The game will come with a prologue to get players introduced to the world and how the game works before starting on three adventures. Each adventure should take about 2-3 hours to finish and will reward players with experience points to open new options and level up their characters between adventures. The game will come with both physical and digital elements which are always exciting to play with. After finishing the third adventure, “[players] will unravel a master game narrative with an epic climax and exceptional resolution with a lasting impression on the future two games in the trilogy.”
In Dune: House Secrets, players take on the roles of rebels who must solve a series of challenging missions with a finite amount of time and resources. Players cooperatively make decisions on how to progress the story, as they decide to explore different regions of the world, follow leads, leverage allies, and overcome the opposition of all kinds. During gameplay, players utilize a variety of physical and digital game components to steer the narrative in fun and surprising directions – a deck of cards with essential clues and plot twists, a dozen physical handouts, and a dedicated website with additional resources – for a truly immersive experience.