From April 26, the strategy game Dune: Spice Wars can be played in early access on Steam.

Publisher Funcom and developer Shiro Games have announced this. The early access version should provide “essentially the main experience” of the game, with four playable factions and three different ways to win. The early access version will receive several updates upon release that will add new content to the game, including a multiplayer mode, a new playable faction, and a full campaign.

Dune: Space Wars is a 4X-element RTS set on the desert planet Arrakis, known from the books and the movies. Since the game is being developed by Shiro Games, elements of its other rts – Northgard – seem to be carried over. In this way, areas on the planet are explored and taken over and the boundaries of the map are constantly expanding.

Publisher Funcom is also working on an open world survival game based on the Dune franchise. The Dutch studio Abstraction is collaborating on that game.