Eric Chahi, the lauded developer behind Another World and Eternal Darkness, is working on his first game in over 12 years - a Ubisoft release, codenamed Project Dust.
A 85 second trailer for the title was introduced by Ubisoft CEO Yves Guillemot towards the end of the publisher's E3 conference. The clip features a harsh-looking natural landscape, with jagged rocky plains rising out of the sea, and a society of masked tribesmen.
According to the gravelly narration, the game will be about these natives attempting to survive "nature's relentless aggressions". At the climax of the trailer a sinkhole appears in the middle of a river, consuming vast swathes of terrain and water.
"Project dust is the spiritual heir to Populous," said Eric Chahi, creative director at Ubisoft Montpellier. "The game is set in an extreme version of Planet Earth where nature unleashes her power in a much more violent way than what we are used to. Tsunamis, earthquakes, floods, wildfires, volcanic eruptions are what the days are made of for the people of Dust."
He added: "In this kind of God game, users will play with powers to manipulate the world around them. Ground, water, lava, fire, plants and trees -model the world like a child playing sand castles on the beach. With such powers, players will help their people resist, expand and migrate so they can accomplish their quest to find a safe place."
Project Dust is scheduled for release on Playstation Network, Xbox Live Arcade and downloadable for PC in Spring 2011.