Dune: Spice Wars Expands with House Vernius of Ix DLC & Heroes of Dune Update

Dune: Spice Wars, the captivating real-time 4X game set on the desert planet of Arrakis, is about to get even more immersive with the release of its first DLC, ‘House Vernius of Ix’, and a free major update, ‘Heroes of Dune’.

Developed by the talented team at Shiro Games and published by Funcom, this game has been capturing the hearts of RTS enthusiasts and Dune fans alike with a mostly positive score on Steam.

Enter the Technologically Advanced Ixians

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House Vernius of Ix

The ‘House Vernius of Ix’ DLC introduces a brand new faction to the game, bringing the total number of playable factions to seven.

The Ixians, known for their technological prowess, offer a unique playstyle focused on research and diplomacy. With their ability to control and manipulate their opponents’ technology, the Ixians bring a fresh dynamic to the game’s strategic landscape.

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Players who choose to lead the Ixians will find themselves well-equipped to thrive in the harsh desert environment of Arrakis.

Their advanced technology allows them to adapt and overcome challenges that might otherwise prove insurmountable. As they navigate the complex web of alliances and conflicts that define the game’s political landscape, the Ixians’ diplomatic skills will prove invaluable.

Legendary Heroes Take Center Stage

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Alongside the Ixian DLC, Dune: Spice Wars is also receiving a free update titled ‘Heroes of Dune’. This update allows players to take control of iconic figures from the Dune universe, each with their own unique abilities and strengths. As these legendary heroes, players have the power to reshape the game’s history and carve their own path to victory.

The ‘Heroes of Dune’ update also brings significant improvements to the game’s combat system.

These changes aim to make the game more accessible to players of all skill levels while still maintaining the depth and complexity that fans have come to expect from the Dune: Spice Wars experience.

Who Developed Dune: Spice Wars?

Funcom, the independent developer and publisher behind Dune: Spice Wars, is committed to delivering an unparalleled gaming experience to fans of the Dune franchise. Fans should keep an eye out as to celebrate the release of the ‘House Vernius of Ix’ DLC, Funcom is offering a 10% discount on the Ixian Edition of the game.

Shiro Games, the video game development studio based in Bordeaux, France, has been the driving force behind Dune: Spice Wars’ success. According to reviews, their dedication to crafting a rich, immersive world that captures the essence of Frank Herbert’s iconic novels is definitely evident in the game.

Dune: Part Two Continues the Epic Saga

The Dune franchise is going through a renaissance with the Dune: Part Two movie currently showing to audiences in theaters worldwide.

Directed by the visionary Denis Villeneuve and produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, ‘Dune: Part Two’ continues the epic journey of Paul Atreides as he navigates the treacherous political landscape of Arrakis.

With the release of the ‘House Vernius of Ix’ DLC and the ‘Heroes of Dune’ update, Dune: Spice Wars is poised to offer players an even more immersive and engaging experience. Whether you’re a long-time fan of the Dune franchise or a newcomer to Dune, it’s a great time to dive headlong into the sands of Arrakis. Check the game out on Steam or Xbox S|X.

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Harriet Gough
Over 20 years' experience as a writer and games journalist. Avid gamer and enjoy a wide range of game genres including MMOs, FPS and RTS. My favorite games include Warframe, Skyrim, Destiny 2, CoD and Age of Empires.

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