On the heels of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a new 4X strategy game set in Frank Herbert’s seminal sci-fi universe is coming to Steam Early Access next year. Shiro Games, the studio behind real-time strategy game Northgard, is on development duties. Like Civilization or almost any other 4X game, you’ll choose one faction to lead. Naturally, you can pick House Atreides or House Harkonnen, though there will be other two factions to choose from as well. It’s then up to you to lead them to victory on Arrakis.
There hasn’t been a new Dune game since 2001’s Emperor: Battle for Dune, which was one of the last projects legendary real-time strategy developer Westwood Studios worked on before EA shut it down in 2003. Dune also has a special place in the RTS genre. Alongside Blizzard’s Warcraft: Orcs and Humans, Westwood’s Dune II helped establish many of the of tenets the genre.