Dune: Spice Wars gets multiplayer in today’s first major Early Access update

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Northgard developer Shiro Games’ sci-fi strategy game Dune: Spice Wars now has multiplayer support after launching its first major Early Access update.

Dune: Spice Wars was well-received when it released into Early Access on Steam in April, but several key features were missing from that initial release, including all-important multiplayer support. Shiro finally confirmed that multiplayer would be coming this “summer” as part of its first development roadmap, and that day is finally here.

According to today’s patch notes, Dune’s multiplayer can take advantage of both dedicated servers and peer-to-peer connections, allowing players to try their hand at 2v2 matches or compete in four-person competitions by play as Atreides, Harkonnen, Fremen or Smugglers.

Dune: Spice Wars – Multiplayer Trailer

Shiro notes that all vacancies in a game can be filled with AI-controlled factions – difficulty settings for these range from easy to insane – and a range of customization options are also available, allowing players to change map size, victory conditions, sandworm and adjust storm , and sietch activity and more per game.

Today’s update also includes a number of major overhauls to existing systems – each development tree, for example, has been revamped with a focus on synergies between factions – and content additions include new political resolutions, new events, and new regions.

Multiplayer is the first major update for Dune: Spice Wars, with Shiro’s roadmap promising much more up until its full release in 2023, including a new faction and victory condition, spaceports, ships and other advanced units, as well as council members who can double as special agents or combat units with unique abilities.

If you’re interested in trying out multiplayer, there’s now an added incentive to do so as today’s update comes with a 20% discount on Steam. That means you can purchase Dune: Spice Wars for £19.99 instead of the usual £24.99 until June 23rd.


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