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Dune: Spice Wars multiplayer has arrived

Early Access RTS game Dune: Spice Wars now has free-for-all and 2v2 competitive multiplayer modes, all with plenty of customisation options

Dune: Spice Wars multiplayer: Duke Atreides stands over a table with a large map of Arrakis as two guards look on.

As promised during the PC Gaming Show earlier this month, Dune: Spice Wars multiplayer has arrived. The latest Dune: Spice Wars update adds competitive multiplayer modes to the Early Access RTS game, allowing you to team up with friends or battle them to the death over control of the planet Arrakis.

Dune: Spice Wars multiplayer currently consists of two modes, 2v2 and free-for-all. In either mode, AI players can fill any slots, and these each have customisable difficulty levels ranging from ‘easy’ to ‘insane.’ You can also set parameters for each multiplayer map, including the activity levels of sandworms, storms, and Sietch. Shiro Games says you can also customise victory conditions.


Here’s the trailer:

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The latest Dune: Spice Wars update also includes reworks to every development tree in the game. Shiro Games says it’s focused on faction synergies, and added new political resolutions, events, and regions. There’s a new set of Underworld Headquarter buildings, new illustrations for buildings, and a little confirmation dialog box when you attack a Sietch unit – helpful for avoiding international ‘incidents’ resulting from mis-clicks.

The update also removes spice freighters, and Shiro Games says an issue with the shadercache means players using DirectX for rendering will have to re-load all the shaders in Dune: Spice Wars the next time they start the game – and that this may be necessary to repeat from time to time. The studio is currently working on a fix.

Looking to the future, a new (fifth) faction should be coming to Dune: Spice Wars later this year, according to the official roadmap.