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Dune Spice Wars will launch in early access with more content coming later

By Tim Augustin - on 17 Jan 2022, 3:04pm

Dune Spice Wars will launch in early access with more content coming later

Image: Shiro Games

Let the spice flow. 

Developer Shiro Games has revealed more details on its upcoming RTS game Dune Spice Wars, based on the book of the same name. The game will launch in early access with more features added over time, according to a new FAQ published on its official Steam page. 

Dune Spice Wars was first shown off at The Game Awards 2021, but details were scarce at the time. Now, we know that it won’t just be a Civilization lookalike set within the world of Dune. Shiro Games wants this game to be a slower-paced RTS with base building, unit management and a big 4X-style scope and scale. In case you’re not aware, 4X is a strategy game genre. The four Xs stand for ‘explore, expand, exploit and exterminate’. 

Image: Shiro Games

Dune Spice Wars will let players jump into their favourite playable factions - such as House Harkonnen and House Atreides, which you might remember from the recent movie. There are two more mystery playable factions, and a fifth will come after the game’s early access launch. There will be no playable campaign or multiplayer at launch, and the developer might add mod support if there’s a demand for it. That means no mods at launch, either. 

The game’s maps are procedurally generated, with options to adjust size, wind strength, sandworm activity and more. These maps will feature places from the book, and players can establish a network or airfields to survive in the desert for longer. Other than that, Shiro Games promises, “politics, trading, covert operations and a deeper resource management system,” than its previous game Northgard.

Dune Spice Wars launches on PC via Steam in 2022. 

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