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Dune: Spice Wars to Exit Early Access Next Week

Developer Shiro Games has announced Dune: Spice Wars is to exit Early Access next week on 14th September. The Real Time Strategy and 4X game is set in the Dune universe in which players lead their factions to battle for control over the harsh planet of Arrakis. Here is more info on what players can expect when the game leaves Early Access…

What is Dune Spice Wars?
Dune Spice Wars is a 4X featuring real time strategy game elements based in Frank Herbert’s iconic Dune universe

How much will it cost?
The current price for the game is $/€29.99, but will rise to $/€34.99 upon the launch out of Early Access.

When does the game release into 1.0?
The game releases on Steam on September 14th.

How big will the download be?
The game client is likely to be around 4GB at release.

What are the system requirements for Dune: Spice Wars?

The system requirements are as follows:

MINIMUM:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 and Windows 11
    • Processor: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz / AMD Ryzen 5
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 1050 / AMD RX550
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

RECOMMENDED:

    • Requires a 64-bit processor and operating system
    • OS: Windows 10 and Windows 11
    • Processor: Intel Core i7 2.8GHz / AMD Ryzen 7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia GTX 1080 / AMD 6600
    • Storage: 4 GB available space

 

Is it an RTS or a 4X?
It is both. The game is real time, but the pace is slower than in a typical RTS (and you can pause and fast forward). The game also features exploration, territory control, economic growth, combat, politics and spying, features that make it a true 4X game but do not detract from the RTS experience.

On average, how long will one game last? Does it depend on the faction you have chosen?
Depending on your strategy and the chosen difficulty, for a newer player games can generally last up to 2 to 3 hours. That being said with much of our community now fully familiar with the game, we’ve seen this go as low as 30-45 minutes.

What victory conditions are there?
There are currently 4 different ways in which you can win a game:

  • Overwhelm your opponents and win via military  Domination
  • Stake your claim as the ruler of Araakis (somewhat) peacefully and democratically via the Landsraad for a Political victory
  • Control as much territory and resources as possible for a Hegemony victory
  • Control and manipulate Arrakis’ stock/spice market for a  CHOAM victory

How many houses are available to play?
Upon release, there will be 6 factions available to play, with House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino, The Fremen, The Smugglers and the new addition for 1.0; House Ecaz rounding out the roster. Each faction has their own playstyles, traits, strengths and weaknesses, lending a unique flavour to each match based on which faction you choose.

 

 

Does the game support multiplayer?
Yes, the game supports up to 4 player multiplayer in 1v1, 2v2 and FFA.

Is there a campaign?
The game features Conquest Mode, which acts as a campaign for Dune: Spice Wars. In Conquest, players take up the control of one of the major houses (Atreides, Harkonnen, Ecaz or Corrino) and fight through a number of unique scenarios and situations that will encourage them to utilize every system at their disposal in order to progress. With procedural maps and scenarios, random perks and challenges, famous characters and houses and a different experience every time you play, Conquest offers unprecedented levels of replayability and immersion into the Dune universe.

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