Developer Shiro Games today shared more details about Dune: Spice Wars' House Atreides faction, revealing its councillors, gameplay style, and unique units.
House Atreides' core strength in Dune: Spice Wars is its "unparalleled political power." The faction's loyal reputation and negotiating skills help it more easily win the confidence of other major and minor houses, increasing its power in the broad scheme of things and giving it "many advantages with regards to laws or the reclamation of political power."
In addition, the faction also faces fewer difficulties negotiating with the Fremen on Arrakis. Councillors play a major role in reaching your House's goals in Dune: Spice Wars. At the start of each game, you pick between 2 of 4 prominent figures which "exemplify your House's strengths or mitigate its weaknesses."
In the case of House Atreides, Warmaster Gurney Halleck handles military strategy, the Lady Jessica takes helps you expand your political influence, the Mentat and spymaster Thufir Hawat improve your economic and spying capabilities, while swordmaster Duncan Idaho should be your go-to when it comes to expansion and combat proficiency.
The faction fields loyal units that are expensive but tough. Here is how the developer describes its five unique units:
- Troopers: Armored swordsmen, exceptionally skilled in close combat and who work perfectly in tandem with their fellow troops
- Rangers: Equipped with long range rifles, they are some of the best scouts and support units
- Heavy Weapon Squad: Equipped with the best heavy weapons of the House, they are incredibly effective in breaching enemy defenses, alongside being one of the best anti vehicle and anti armor infantry on Arrakis
- Wardens: The Wardens are the elite troops of the Atreides armies, and the pride of the Duke. Adorning heavy armor and near impenetrable shields, they have garnered a reputation as near immortal fighters
- Support Drone: Heavy mechanical units equipped with powerful ranged weapons, they are the flagship of the Atreides industry, developed specifically to aid allies engaged in hostile environments with supplies and aid
Dune: Spice Wars arrives on PC, via Steam Early Access, at some point in 2022. Earlier this month, developer Shiro Games also explained what "real-time strategy game featuring 4X elements" means for the upcoming title.
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