Dune: Spice Wars was unveiled at the 2021 Game Awards last year, and developer Shiro Games is now providing a closer look at the game’s mix 4X and real-time strategy (RTS) gameplay. Dune: Spice Wars, published by Funcom, is scheduled to premiere in early access in 2022.
Shiro Games demonstrated what it’s like to combat Arrakis in a new gameplay clip published Tuesday.
It has the appearance of a sandbox RTS game, representing the exploration, expansion, exploitation, and extermination that 4X games need.
Unlike other RTS games, Dune: Spice Wars pits players against each other on a single large map rather than on numerous smaller ones. It seems as if players are living and fighting in an inhabitable planet as they create their infrastructure and populations.
According to the trailer, players may pursue one of many objectives: fraud, political influence, economic domination, or outright conflict. Beyond that, Dune’s large ancient worms are to be aware of.
Dune: Spice Wars will start with four factions: the Harkonnen and Atreides Houses. A fifth group will be included in early access, with “more to come,” Shiro Games said in a January FAQ.
A multiplayer component and a single-player campaign are scheduled to emerge later during the early access period.
Additionally, publisher Funcom is developing an open-world survival game based on the Dune universe.