Dune: Spice Wars 1.0 Release Date Set For Next Week

Funcom and Shiro Games have revealed the Dune: Spice Wars 1.0 release date at last!


Published: September 6, 2023 8:19 AM /

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Archduchess Armanda Ecaz looking withering with a glass of wine in Dune: Spice Wars

Funcom and Shiro Games have unveiled the Dune: Spice Wars 1.0 release date.

The real-time strategy game, which has been in Early Access since back in April 2022, launches in full on PC on September 14th. That's next Thursday.

Helpfully, Shiro Games has also thrown together an extensive FAQ to answer any questions you might have about the full launch of Dune: Spice Wars.

Over on Steam, Shiro provides answers to burning questions like the average length of a single game (usually around 2 to 3 hours), whether there are tutorials (you bet), and whether there will be mod support in the future (possibly).

Additionally, while there are no current plans for DLC, Shiro isn't ruling that out either, so you never know; Dune: Spice Wars may well get some extra paid content further down the line.

A view of various cities and settlements in Dune: Spice Wars
In answer to the question of whether Dune: Spice Wars is a 4X or an RTS, Shiro Games says "yes".

If you're unfamiliar with Dune: Spice Wars, it's a 4X-RTS hybrid set in - you guessed it - the Dune universe. Disappointingly, though, Shiro Games opts not to call it the Duneiverse.

You'll take one of six different factions to glory across Arrakis, including iconic Houses like Harkonnen and Atreides, as well as external factions like the Fremen and the Smugglers.

The 1.0 release also adds the Ecaz faction, which focuses on art and culture without sacrificing the kind of military might necessary to prevail on a hostile world like Arrakis.

According to Shiro, the game isn't a direct adaptation of Frank Herbert's Dune novels, nor is it an adaptation of the recent movie; rather, it's a standalone interpretation of the world as a whole, so even if you're not familiar with Dune, you should still be able to get into it.

Dune: Spice Wars launches on PC on September 14th. It's also available via Xbox Game Pass.

In his Dune: Spice Wars preview, TechRaptor's Will Quick called the Early Access version a "truly ambitious start" and praised it for being "visually impressive" and "mechanically detailed". Sounds like you needn't look too far for your next RTS fix.

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Game Page Dune: Spice Wars
Developer
Shiro Games
Publisher
Funcom
Platforms
PC
Release Date
April 26, 2022 (Calendar)
Genre
Strategy
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