Publisher Funcom and developer Shiro Games have announced that Dune: Spice Wars will enter Early Access on April 26th. It's the first time in two decades that players will be able to experience the world of Dune in a video game.

Ever since it was announced at the Game Awards 2021 in December, Dune: Spice Wars has steadily climbed the wishlists on Steam. The mix of real-time strategy and 4X elements is based on Frank Herbert's sci-fi masterpiece Dune. On the desert planet of Arrakis, four factions compete for the most valuable resource in the universe: Spice.

Dune Spice Wars: Fremen as a faction

In addition to the Early Access launch date, the fourth playable faction was also revealed, the Fremen. They can travel through the desert more easily and are less likely to attract the giant sandworms than other factions. The Fremen are also more easily aligned with the hidden sietches (neutral native settlements), giving them a unique vantage point to gain control of the planet. More information on the natives of the desert can be found in the faction introduction.

“With so many big Dune fans in the studio, the excitement I experience every day at work is very real. We hope that reflects in the game,” says Sebastien Vidal, CEO of Shiro Games. "With all this passion for the books and the knowledge we've gained through the development of Northgard, we can't wait to bring the title to our players."

As Atreides, Harkonnen, Smugglers or Fremen, players will find a balance of military power, infiltration, political influence and resource management. Each faction has its own strengths and weaknesses. Desert exploration, expansion and control have only one goal: the spice must flow.

In addition to Dune: Spice Wars, Funcom is also developing an open-world survival multiplayer game set in the Dune universe. The company has the exclusive rights to publish Dune games on PC and consoles.

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