The unexpected renaissance of both brand new and unreleased retro Game Boy games headed to Kickstarter continues. This time around, indie publisher The Retro Room Games has announced that an unreleased Game Boy Advance (GBA) Dune game developed by Soft Brigade 20 years ago is headed to Kickstarter in Q4 2021 to fund its physical release. However, this unreleased GBA game does not have the Dune IP anymore, and it is rebranding as Elland: The Crystal Wars.
According to Unseen64, the first-person flying shooter game was essentially finished back in 2002, but financial difficulties at its original publisher prevented the game from launching. Kickstarter will allow Elland: The Crystal Wars to take flight as a genuine GBA game though, including 23 “huge” missions and various weapons and power-ups like missiles, bombs, and a “Grays Cannon.” The title is conveniently set in a “harsh desert world” at the edges of the not-Dune universe, where you will “Pilot a fighter ship and take care of several duties: escorting, guarding, destroying enemy ships and buildings, capturing vehicles, and collecting resources.”
If you love GBA and/or Dune or Dune-adjacent content, then you may want to help this unreleased game see the light of day as Elland: The Crystal Wars on Kickstarter later this year. This is somewhat shrewd timing too, as the new Dune movie releases tomorrow in theaters and on HBO Max.