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Dune: Spice Wars Enters Steam Early Access This April 26

Prepare yourself for a 4X experience unlike any other

Dune: Spice Wars, the 4X and real-time strategy hybrid, is heading to Steam Early Access on April 26, publishers Funcom and developers Shiro Games said Thursday.

When it lands, gamers will be able to set foot on Arrakis for the first time in two decades. Dune: Spice Wars has been grabbing player interest and attention after its “big reveal” at The Game Awards in December 2021.

The union between real-time strategy and 4X elements will pit four factions against each other on the desert planet of Arrakis, the only source of the most valuable resource in the universe: spice.

Along with the Early Access announcement, the studio has also revealed the fourth playable faction in the Fremen.

With a greater capacity to move across and withstand the open desert, less likely to attract colossal sandworms, and an improved ability to ally with hidden Sietches (neutral native settlements found on Arrakis), the Fremen are uniquely poised to expand their area of influence in order to control the planet.

“With so many massive Dune fans in the studio, the excitement I see every day of working with this universe is very real, and we hope this comes across in the game,” says Sebastien Vidal, CEO of Shiro Games. “With all this passion for the source material, and all the know-how we’ve gathered from making Northgard, we can’t wait to put this game into players’ hands.”

Balance military power, infiltration, political influence and resource production as either the Atreides, Harkonnen, Smugglers or Fremen, each with their own distinct strengths and weaknesses. Explore the desert, expand and seize control: The spice must flow.

Dune: Spice Wars will enter Steam Early Access on April 26, and can be wishlisted now.

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