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Dune: Spice Wars

Platform(s): PC, Xbox Series X
Genre: Strategy
Publisher: Funcom
Developer: Shiro Games
Release Date: Sept. 14, 2023

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'Dune: Spice Wars' Introduces House Atreides, Details Unique Units

by Rainier on Jan. 21, 2022 @ 11:13 a.m. PST

Dune: Spice Wars is a real-time strategy game with 4X elements based on Frank Herbert’s groundbreaking novel Dune.

Spice is the most valuable resource in the universe. The spice extends life, it expands consciousness and makes interstellar travel possible. Create your own story and play as one of several factions, including House Atreides and House Harkonnen, and compete for power over Dune and the spice.

Scan the landscape for wormsign or risk losing your troops and spice harvesters to titanic sandworms who will burst through the sand dunes to swallow and devour them whole. Best your opponents through political intrigue, crush them in combat, and undermine them with your network of illusive spies.

Dune: Spice Wars features asymmetrical gameplay, will have several playable factions, each with their own strengths and weaknesses, as well as multiple ways to achieve your ultimate goal – control of the spice on Arrakis. You can deploy agents to sabotage, assassinate and spy on your opponents, use political means to influence the Landsraad and pass beneficial resolutions, amass incredible wealth and simply overwhelm the other houses through economic and technological supremacy, or you can opt for open war.

Dune: Spice Wars is based more on the original novel than on the movie, but since we’re both drawing on the same intellectual property, there will be some similarities.

Who Are House Atreides?

One of the most powerful Houses in the known universe, honorable, efficient and highly respected, there’s little wonder why Baron Harkonnen considers them such a threat to his aspirations of power and control.

House Atreides is one of the Great Houses of the Imperium and an important member of Landsraad, the parliament that brings together the major and minor houses of the Imperium.

The Atreides have ruled the lush, oceanic planet called Caladan for generations, and lead their fiefdom with justice and honor.

Duke Leto Atreides

Duke Leto is a distinguished aristocrat, proud of the history of his house and of his ducal prerogatives. He is a good commander, who always has the well-being of his people firmly in mind, sometimes even to the detriment of the resources of his duchy. Though at times appearing harsh, inflexible, proud and authoritarian, he is widely considered a fair and loyal leader, and one who has earnt and is worthy of respect.

Atreides Councillors

Each House can rely on their trusted Councillors to manage their estate and further their goals. As a player, you choose 2 of the 4 Councillors when you start a game, allowing you to exemplify your House's strengths or mitigate its weaknesses. The Atreides can rely on Warmaster Gurney Halleck for military strategy, the Lady Jessica for political influence, the Mentat and spymaster Thufir Hawat for economics and spying, and the legendary swordmaster Duncan Idaho for expansion and combat proficiency.

Atreides General Gameplay

One of the core strengths of the Atreides is their unparalleled political power. Their negotiating skills and their reputation for honor and loyalty allow many major and minor houses to place their confidence in them and in turn, give them more power, allowing them to benefit from many advantages with regards to laws or the reclamation of political power.

On Arrakis, the Atreides can also rely on their skills and reputation to easily negotiate with the Fremen, giving them valuable advantages over other factions in the race to conquer the dangerous planet.

Atreides Unique Units

The Atreides are renowned for their exceptionally well trained and doggedly loyal army, with troops that are expensive but tough, they are designed, created and trained to last. Symbols of courage, loyalty and determination, the more populous and eclectic an Atreides army, the more effective it is.

Their unique units include:

  • Troopers: Armored swordsmen, exceptionally skilled in close combat and who work perfectly in tandem with their fellow troops
  • Rangers: Equipped with long range rifles, they are some of the best scouts and support units
  • Heavy Weapon Squad: Equipped with the best heavy weapons of the House, they are incredibly effective in breaching enemy defenses, alongside being one of the best anti vehicle and anti armor infantry on Arrakis
  • Wardens: The Wardens are the elite troops of the Atreides armies, and the pride of the Duke. Adorning heavy armor and near impenetrable shields, they have garnered a reputation as near immortal fighters.
  • Support Drone: Heavy mechanical units equipped with powerful ranged weapons, they are the flagship of the Atreides industry, developed specifically to aid allies engaged in hostile environments with supplies and aid

Key Features:

  • Frank Herbert’s Dune: Experience the unique Dune universe – one of the most influential sci-fi settings ever created. Play as iconic characters, such Duke Leto Atreides, the Baron Vladimir Harkonnen and more, and guide your faction to victory. Watch for the constant threat of the massive sandworms, who dominate the dangerous landscape of Dune.
  • Forge your own path: Choose between subterfuge, political influence, economic supremacy, or open warfare toprevail and gain control over the most important planet in the universe! Use secretive agents to sabotage the plans of your opponents. Vote on political resolutions in the Landsraad to further your strategy.
  • 4X in real-time: Explore Dune with ornithopters to discover resources, villages, and points of interest. Expand with your troops to take control of more and more regions. Exploit the resources through buildings and spice harvesters to dominate the economy. Exterminate your enemies with a strong military but beware as outright aggression can have high political repercussions.
  • Growing throughout Early Access: The game will be updated and expanded during Early Access based on your feedback. More features and content, improved balance and new game modes will be added in the Early Access period, based on the crucial input of the community.

Dune: Spice Wars is the first game based on the Dune IP to be published by Funcom and is not to be confused with the open-world survival game the studio is developing. Dune: Spice Wars is created by the same team that released critically acclaimed RTS Northgard in 2017, using their expertise in creating strategy games to bring the Dune universe to life.

Dune: Spice Wars will be released into early access on PC (Steam) in early 2022.

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