Dune: Spice Wars is an exciting mix of RTS combat and political maneuvering

Dune: Spice Wars is a real-time strategy game set on a desert planet that we’ve seen a lot in books, movies, and other Dune games, but what’s exciting is that it’s not just about pushing an army: it’s also about alliances And the wider galaxy of economic dunes. In a recent hands-off demo, I saw an Atreides player exploring the surface of Arrakis from a starting area while also taking part in an imperial conspiracy, which you can see in the new trailer above at this point.

Spice Wars shares many of its design foundations with Shiro Games’ acclaimed Northgard, an RTS that focuses on capturing and controlling territory rather than spreading out across a sprawling map. This works well with the 4X DNA in Spice Wars. Vast desert terrain outlines each territory containing a small town. Conquering towns allows you to control territories, and every part of the desert can develop resources such as spices for trade, Plascrete for construction, or various rare goods in exchange for cold hard cash.