Dune: Spice Wars Entering Steam Early Access on April 26

Do you have what it takes to control the spice?
Do you have what it takes to control the spice? Shiro Games

We finally have a date when Dune: Spice Wars is entering Steam Early Access and it’s on April 26. When that happens, it’s going to be the first time in decades when players will again set foot in Dune.

Based on Frank Herbert’s sci-fi masterpiece, the game offers a real-time strategy combined with 4X elements. Back in February, we reported that two houses - Atreides and Harkonnen - were revealed. The number of factions has since expanded to four with the addition of the Smugglers and the Fremen.

Each faction has its own strengths and weaknesses but ultimately the goal is to make sure that the spice must flow.

A Different Enterprise

Given the value of the spice, there’s no doubt that it’s going to attract a lot of enterprising individuals. Most of the spice trade is controlled by CHOAM but those who want to avoid them often turn to smugglers. As a result, they turned into a major economic power, albeit one underground. Learn more about them here.

Life in the Desert

Compared to the other factions, the Fremen are from Arrakis. They are not only able to withstand the open desert but also have a greater capacity to move across them. They also have a lower chance of attracting the sandworms and the improved ability to ally with hidden Sietches.

In a statement, Shiro Games CEO Sebastien Vidal shared that there are a lot of fans in the studio and he saw the excitement while everyone was working on the game. He went on to say that they can't wait for fans and players to try the game.

Features of the Game

For the upcoming launch to Early Access, some of the features include:

  • Forge Your Own Path
    • Choose between subterfuge, political influence, economic supremacy, or open warfare to control the spice.
    • Make use of secretive agents to sabotage opponents or vote on political resolutions in the Landsraad to further the strategy.
  • ​4X in Real-Time
    • Explore the planet using ornithopters and discover resources, villages, and points of interest.
    • Don't forget to expand the number of troops and take control of more regions.
    • Exploit the resources through buildings and spice harvesters to dominate the economy.
    • Exterminate enemies using a strong military but beware as outright aggression can have high political repercussions.
  • Early Access
    • The game is going to be updated and expanded during Early Access based on the feedback of the players.
    • More features and content, improved balance, and new game modes are to be added in the Early Access period.

Learn more about the game here.

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