On the eve of the full release of the Dune: Spice Wars strategy, the developers decided to answer the most frequently asked questions. They mainly related to available content, features and information about the full version. We have prepared for you a translation of the article into Russian.
What is Dune Spice Wars?
Dune Spice Wars is a 4X real-time strategy game based on Frank Herbert’s iconic Dune universe.
How much will the game cost?
The current price of the game is $/€29.99, but after leaving Early Access it will increase to $/€34.99.
Note: in Russia the game costs 1050 rubles. The developers have not announced new regional prices.
When will version 1.0 be released?
The release on Steam will take place on September 14th.
What is the download client size?
The game client will likely be around 4GB in size at release.
What are the system requirements for Dune: Spice Wars?
System requirements are as follows:
- Processor: Intel Core i5 2.5 GHz
- Video card: NVidia GTX 1050
- RAM: 4 GB
- Hard drive: 4 GB
- Processor: AMD Ryzen 7 3.00 GHz
- Video card: NVidia GTX 1080
- RAM: 16 GB
- Hard drive: 8 GB
Is this RTS or 4X?
Both. The game is real-time, but the pace is slower than regular RTS (and you can pause and fast forward). The game also features exploration, area control, economic development, combat, politics, and espionage – features that make it a true 4X game without detracting from the RTS experience.
On average, how long does one game last? Does it depend on the chosen faction?
Depending on your strategy and chosen difficulty, the game can last up to 2-3 hours for a beginner. However, with most of our community already fully familiar with the game, we have observed that the game lasts no more than 30-45 minutes.
What victory conditions exist?
There are currently 4 different ways in which you can win the game:
- Overcome your opponents and win through military domination.
- Establish yourself as ruler of Araakis (of some sort) peacefully and democratically through the Landsraad.
- Control as many territories and resources as possible.
- Control and manipulate the Arrakis stock/spice market.
How many houses are available to play?
After the game is released, 6 factions will be available: House Atreides, House Harkonnen, House Corrino, Fremen, Smugglers and the new House Ekaz, new for version 1.0. Each faction has its own playstyles, traits, strengths and weaknesses, adding a unique flavor to each match depending on which one you choose.
Does the game support multiplayer?
Yes, the game supports multiplayer play for up to 4 players in 1v1, 2v2 and Every Man for Himself modes.
Does the game have a campaign?
The game has a Versus mode, which works like a campaign for Dune: Spice Wars. In this mode, players take control of one of the main houses (Atreides, Harkonnen, Ekaz or Corrino) and fight through a number of unique scenarios and situations that will challenge them to use every system at their disposal to make progress. With procedurally generated maps and scenarios, randomized perks and challenges, iconic characters and houses, and a new way to play every time, Civil War offers an unprecedented level of replayability and immersion in the Dune universe.
Is there a tutorial mode?
There are 5 tutorial modes designed to help new players better understand the mechanics and gameplay of Dune: Spice Wars, which can be found in the single player menu.
Is Dune: Spice Wars an adaptation of a movie or a book?
Dune: Spice Wars is not a direct adaptation of any individual source. This is our understanding of this universe and its characters, so some aspects may differ from how they are depicted in specific sources.
While we try to focus primarily on books, we took inspiration from numerous sources when creating the game, such as board games, movies, TV shows, and the Dune expanded universe.
Did you take inspiration from previous Dune games when creating Dune: Spice Wars?
We’ve played all the Dune video games (especially Dune and Dune 2) and all the board games, so there’s some influence there. However, Dune Spice Wars is a very distinct game with a unique take on the fight for control of Arrakis.
Ordos, as most gamers know them, is a fictional house created and produced by Westwood Studios, which created several Dune RTS games in the 90s/00s. These games have no connection to Dune: Spice Wars other than they are based on the same IP, are owned by a different company, and therefore there are no plans to add them to Dune: Spice Wars.
Does the game use procedural map generation?
Yes, the maps are procedurally generated, with different options for size, wind strength, sandworm activity and many other parameters. Deep deserts are used as a kind of movement block (like the sea in other games), at least until you develop technologies that allow you to survive longer in the desert, or build a network or airfields. The maps will also include unique places that readers of the book will recognize.
Why did you choose a somewhat cartoonish and edgy art style?
Making a game on a desert planet comes with many challenges, one of which is making sure that what you stare at for hours isn’t tacky, even if it’s just rock and sand. We spent a lot of time working on the environments and even collaborated with a desert geologist to create things that could exist on such a planet. Stylized art direction allows for variety in colors and shapes to keep the environment gritty without being boring.
What languages does the game support?
The game currently supports English, German, French, Spanish, Polish, Portuguese, Italian, Simplified Chinese and Russian.
Will you have mod support?
The game doesn’t currently support mods, but it’s a possibility.
Will there be DLC?
We are currently focused on delivering a complete and feature-rich product by the time we release 1.0. While we haven’t ruled out the possibility of future DLC if the launch is successful and players demand it, our primary focus post-launch will be on completing the planned free updates.
What platforms are supported?
The game is currently only available on Windows PC, but we are looking into bringing it to other platforms and OSes.
Can I play on Steam deck?
The game does not officially support Steam Deck, but we are open to exploring this feature in the future.
Does the game support cross-play with the Gamepass version?
Yes, it supports!
Do you have pages on social networks or Discord?
In particular, Discord is a great hub for discussing the game with the wider community, communicating directly with the developers and organizing multiplayer matches, and we’d love to see you there!
Is the game available on GeForce Now?
We are currently working on making the game compatible with GeForce Now! We hope to complete this work by the time we leave Early Access, or if not, soon after release.
How involved is Funcom in the development of the game?
It’s simple here: Shiro Games is responsible for the entire development process and marketing, and Funcom acts as a co-publisher along with us.