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Dune 2000 is a real-time strategy video game released by Westwood Studios in 1998. A PlayStation port was later released in 1999 with 3D graphics. It is based in Frank Herbert's science fiction Dune universe. The story of the game is similar to Dune II, and is continued in Emperor: Battle for Dune. Using a game engine which resembles Westwood's Command & Conquer: Red Alert, Dune 2000 is a remake of Dune II. The story, told with animations and subtitles in the original Dune II, is now told with full motion video starring actors such as John Rhys-Davies.


Emperor Frederick IV Corrino has issued a challenge that the House which can produce the most spice will control its source, the desert planet Arrakis, with no rules as to how the Houses can achieve the goal.

Meanwhile, Lady Elara of the Bene Gesserit, bound concubine and truthsayer to the Emperor, secretly takes the commander - the player - into one of the Imperial Heighliners, a person whom the Sisterhood had studied their bloodline and future, including visions of the commander dying many times, then rise to control massive armies and bring peace to Arrakis... once. The only question is: whose side will they lead in the First Spice War?

There are also four non-playable subfactions: House Corrino, the Fremen, the Mercenaries and the Smugglers.

House Atreides

Hailing from the water-planet of Caladan, the Atreides have a strict loyalty to their Duke and follow him with zeal. The Duke's famous Mentat, Noree Moneo, advises and resides over the Duke's forces on Arrakis. The House's fleets of ornithopters ensure their superior air power. The Duke also wishes to develop an alliance with the Fremen, the native warriors of Dune.

House Harkonnen

The Harkonnens are ruled by the wicked Baron, and come from the volcanic waste-planet of Giedi Prime. According to Lady Elara, the only thing human about the Harkonnen is their genetic makeup, as all humanity was abandoned long ago in favor of brutality and maliciousness. The Baron's Mentat, Hayt De Vries, was born from the flesh of a dead man in the Tleilaxu Flesh Vats.

House Ordos

The Ordos originate from a frigid, ice covered planet called Sigma Draconis IV. As they import their goods from nearby star systems, House Ordos relies on their skills as merchants to make their profits; however, their wealth has made them increasingly paranoid.

Open Source Reimplementations

OpenRA's d2k mod

OpenRA is an actively developed modern cross-platform reimplementation of the engine that runs Dune 2000 next to the original Red Alert, Tiberian Dawn as mods. The interface has been modernized including Emperor-styled tabbed bulid menus and support for modern resolutions including zooming. It is easy to create custom mods and maps based on it.


PlayStation trailer

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