Developer Intelligent Games, Westwood Studios
Publisher Virgin Interactive (early prints only), Electronic Arts
Platforms Windows, PlayStation
Release Date (Win) 04/09/1998 (US) | 09/1998 (EU)
Release Date (PS1) 10/1999 (US) | 01/02/2000 (UK)
Current Version 1.06 (Windows only)
DRM basic disc check
Unavailable for purchase
What is Dune 2000?
Dune 2000 is a remake of Dune II, with its development outsourced to Intelligent Games. While the engine is very similar to the one seen in Command & Conquer and Red Alert from the player’s perspective, it is technically separate from Westwood’s work. It was also the first Dune title that was entirely played in real-time.
The premise of the game remains the same as in Dune II: three houses (Atreides, Ordos, and Harkonnen) arrive on the sandy planet Arrakis, also referred to as Dune. Whoever controls the resource known as the Spice Melange on Arrakis, controls the planet, and by transition, the universe. The Emperor challenges the three houses to claim Arrakis, without any boundaries or rules of engagement.
From the gameplay perspective, there are few fundamental differences in gameplay compared to the original Red Alert, and the unique gameplay mechanics such as corrosive sand and sandworm attacks from Dune II are directly transferred to Dune 2000. This title was essentially a modernization of the vintage control scheme in Dune II and an attempt to attract then-younger audiences to the game that sparked the popularity of real-time strategies.
The PSX release of the game featured a 3D engine despite many elements being 2D sprites.
Names in different languages
- Hebrew: חולית 2000
- European PSX releases: Dune
ESRB: Teen | Animated Violence, Fantasy Violence
OFLC (AU): M15+
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