Dune: Spice Wars is an upcoming 4X real-time strategy game currently in development by Shiro Games, released in early access April 26, 2022. The game is set within Frank Herbert's Dune universe and sees players fight for control of Arrakis, the deadliest planet in the Imperium with the richest reward — spice melange.
Development of the game was announced shortly after the release of the 2021 movie adaptation by Denis Villeneuve. Not long after, it was revealed that the game would be available on Steam for early access April 26, 2022.
At launch, the game contained only a campaign mode, however Multiplayer elements were added in a later update. The game is expected to be more expensive at launch than early access due to the increased features, but players who purchase initially are not expected to repurchase the entire game at a later date. The game currently has four playable factions, with House Corrino set to be the fifth addition to the game. There are currently three playable outcomes in which players can achieve victory.
At early access, the game is priced at $29.99/£24.99, with a 3GB download size. The current build of the game is 10811961.
Synopsis[edit | edit source]
A real-time strategy game with 4X elements, from the developers of the critically acclaimed Northgard. Set in Frank Herbert's groundbreaking Dune universe, you must lead your faction and battle for control and dominance over the harsh desert planet of Arrakis.
Gameplay[edit | edit source]
Within the game, players fight for control of spice melange, the most valuable substance in the universe that is only found on Arrakis, a harsh desert planet. Players are able to chose between the factions and are able to play as some of the most iconic characters from the Dune universe such as Leto Atreides and Vladimir Harkonnen, although this is not an exhaustive list.
Players must also look out for the dangers of Arrakis such as the sandworm, who dominate the terrain of Arrakis and would kill anyone caught out in the open.
The game operates primarily as a strategy game, therefore players are able to chose the values they align themselves with — this may be political, economical, or a desire to dominate Arrakis entirely through open warfare.
Victory[edit | edit source]
There are three main ways to win a game of Dune: Spice Wars.
Domination is the most straightforward way of wining the game. This consists of players destroying the capitals of the other factions by building the biggest and strongest army and taking them into battle against other factions. Whilst the most straightforward, capitals are often heavily guarded so some players may find this route difficult to go down.
Governorship is the second way a player may chose to win a game. This route consists of investment in the political system and rising through the ranks of the Landsraad. At the end, players must be elected into the Governorship Charter and hold this for a period of 60 days. This will crown a player the victor.
Finally, building enough Hegemony is the third way to win a game. Hegemony is the measure of control over Arrakis, and the end goal is to have the most control. Hegemony can be collected in numerous ways, but the end goal is to reach 50,000 Hegemony, which will crown a player the victor.
Players can also buy and sell shares on the CHOAM Market. This allows them to generate revenue, but is also an avenue for winning the game. When a player owns 50% of all of the shares in the CHOAM market, they will win the game via economic victory.
Factions[edit | edit source]
Locations[edit | edit source]
System Requirements[edit | edit source]
|Operating System||Windows 7-11 (64-bit)|
|Graphics||NVidia GTX 1050|
|CPU||Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
Promotional Videos[edit | edit source]
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See More[edit | edit source]
- Steam Link for purchase.
- Dune: Awakening Wiki.
- Twitch Channel for streams.
References[edit | edit source]
- ↑ https://steamdb.info/app/1605220/patchnotes/
- ↑ Official Shiro Games Synopsis.