Here you will find some background information to get up-to-speed on the world of Dune.
About the Book
The world created by Dune is both wonderful and strange. The setting is thousands of years in the future when humanity has spread out across the stars. However, the society of mankind has entered a new technological dark age because of a backlash against machine and computer techology. Humanity had thrown off the cruel oppression of the thinking machines they created and vowed never to create artificial intelligence again. As a result only technologies essential to space travel and communication were saved from a sweeping purge. Now humanity has reverted to a neo-feudal society ruled by aristocratic noble Houses and a powerful supreme monarch, the Padishah Emperor.
Economy and politics are are inseparable from the universe of Dune. Every Great and Minor House vie for economic power by legitimate or nefarious means. Intrigue, espionage and assassination are common in the Imperium. The most valuable substance for which wars are fought is the Spice Melange, a power psychotropic drug found on only one planet: Arrakis, known as Dune to its inhabitants. Arrakis is a desolate desert world with minimal population, vast areas of the planet are ruled only by the giant Sandworms, which make Spice collection hazardous work. But the reward is worth the risks: the Spice gives humans longevity, unique mental powers, and allows specialized Navigators to pilot ships from one part of the galaxy to another. They for the powerful Spacing Guild, who have a monopoly on interstellar travel due to their total ownership of Navigators.
For more detailed information check out full plot synopsis and further details on the Dune Wiki.
Our game is set slightly before the events of this novel during the time of the War of Assassins. It was a time of great political instability when many of the Great Houses engaged in covert or even open warfare for power and resources. We’ll be drawing not only from Frank Herbert’s books but also the Expanded Universe novels written by his son Brian Herbert and co-author Kevin J. Anderson. Information on all of the Dune fiction currently in print can be found on the Dune novels official web site. Our project is not directly affiliated with them, though we would like to be. Give us a call!
Frank Herbert’s classic novel, published in 1965, is the best-selling science fiction novel in history and a winner of both the Nebula and Hugo literary awards.
About the Game
Dune: War of the Spice brings back the epic battles for the legendary Spice of Dune and takes it to the next level, offering a brand new vision of Frank Herbert’s classic masterpiece and adding exciting and engaging new gameplay to the Real-Time Strategy experience. Control your favorite units on Arrakis and other planets. Build large bases using our new revised construction system and other, brand new features.
Built on the Unreal Engine 3 and taking the full advantage that engine, we’re aiming to create the best experience a Dune RTS can offer, in terms of gameplay and graphics. Dune: War of the Spice will feature the three great Houses of the Atreides, Harkonnen and Ordos which are trying to take control of the planet Arrakis. We will also feature some subhouses which will add unique additional powers and strategy options.
A release date has not yet been announced for the game. We want it to be a highly polished and satisfying product and we will release it when we feel it is ready.