Emperor Corrino has issued a challenge that the House which can produce the most spice will control its source, the desert planet Dune, with no rules as to how the Houses can achieve the goal. Meanwhile, Lady Elara of the Bene Gesserit and bound concubine to the Emperor, secretly takes the commander - the player - into one of the Heighliners, a person whose bloodline and future the Sisterhood had checked. According to Elara, they saw many visions of the commander dying many times—and only in one vision does the commander live and even rise to control massive armies and bring peace to Arrakis.

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Playtest 20151031

3 weeks ago News 14 comments

This build includes all of the major new features and balance changes that we have planned for our Christmas release, and it is going to be one of our biggest releases yet!

We rely on your testing and feedback to make sure that our release builds are as balanced and bug-free as possible, so please let us know if you find any issues or just generally don’t like something by filing a bug or joining our IRC channel! We will try our best to fix any issues before the final release.

Grab the installer now for your operating system from our download page!

Ten reasons to try the new OpenRA Playtest

1. New chat lobby

Global chat lobby

The multiplayer server browser and game lobby have been redesigned around a new global chat channel.
This will make it easier to find and talk with other players, and to organize matches without server-hopping.

The channel is available from outside the game as well, by connecting to irc.openra.net:6667 channel #lobby using your favourite IRC client.

2. Game speed options

Game speed control

Do you think that our default game speed is too slow (or too fast)? We now include a game speed option in the lobby and campaign menus!

3. Overhauled Dune 2000 mod

Dune 2000

A beginning is the time for taking the most delicate care that the balances are correct. This every sister of the Bene Gesserit knows.

— from "Manual of Muad'Dib" by the Princess Irulan

One of our big focuses has been completely overhauling our Dune 2000 mod to more closely match the original game. All of the unit and building statistics have been adjusted, and we have implemented new (old) features including the thumper and spice blows.

We have made good progress towards matching the feel of the original game, but we aren't there yet. Let us know what you think, or if you find something that still doesn't match!

4. Tiberian Dawn mod improvements

Commando mission

The Tiberian Dawn mod includes some incremental balance changes plus a bug fix for SAM Sites that would refuse to close. We have included several new multiplayer maps, and two new campaign missions — including a stormy commando mission.

5. Red Alert mod improvements

Yak Attack

The Red Alert mod finally recieved a much needed shock-trooper nerf, and a fix for destroyed aircraft taking far too long to crash to the ground. The Soviet Hijacker and France's fake structures have also been improved, and we include five(!) new campaign missions.

6. Joystick scrolling

Joystick scrolling

Another commonly requested feature was the ability to scroll using the right mouse button like a joystick (like TS and RA2). You can now enable "Joystick" scrolling in the Input tab of the Settings dialog. We are still hard at work on our Tiberian Sun mod, but we still don't have a release date for you yet!

7. Units “defend” by default

Attack force

Players have often complained about their units chasing the enemy across the map, and our "pro" players know that it is best to change the stance of their units to the "defend" mode. We have made this the new default for all units, streamlining the game play a little bit for everyone.

If you want to change your units back to the old "attack anything" mode you can use the change stance hotkey (ctrl+z by default).

8. New asset installer

Asset installer

We have consolidated our asset installation procedure into the mod chooser. Look out for even more improvements in future releases!

9. Fixes and performance

Goodbye crashes!

We have fixed a large number of bugs, including the well-known replay freeze bug when a player disconnects, and a memory corruption bug that would cause random crashes when starting a match on a Windows OS. We have continued our crusade for performance, and this playtest shows significant further improvements over the last release.

10. Improved map and mod support

Mod support

There is a boatload of new features for modders and map authors: maps can now include custom music and define particle effects for rain, snow, or sand storms. We have made major changes to the traits that control actor rendering and targeting that make them more flexible and self-consistent. Make sure to use the automatic rule upgrader to easily port your maps and mods to the new release! You will need to manually update your mod.yaml and UI definitions for the new version.

Release 20150919

Release 20150919

2 months ago News 12 comments


Playtest 20150808

Playtest 20150808

3 months ago News 7 comments

A number of new features, fixes, and performance improvements make this a significant improvement over the last playtest and the June release.

Release 20150614

Release 20150614

5 months ago News 9 comments

The all new in-game map editor, half of the Command & Conquer: Tiberian Dawn campaign and Dune 2000 upgrades finally stabilized!

Release 20150424

Release 20150424

7 months ago News 15 comments

We are very pleased to announce the spring release of OpenRA, the Open Source Westwood Studios real-time strategy games engine re-implementation.

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Scarlat. Mar 17 2015 says:

Just Westwood to create the best RTS Games!

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ZeroBits Nov 21 2013 says:

The Original

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JaceColeman May 23 2013 says:

How do i fix it when theres a split half screen thing?It's messed up and unplayable

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Otter. May 16 2013 says:

I fondly remember this game :)

Even after seeing the film I don't know why, I must have misread it somewhere, but for years I thought that the spice was actually a really efficient and clean fuel (which was also renewable by the worms) and that is why the planet was sought after, hence the famous "He who controls the spice controls the universe". The one who controls the fuel, controls the space travel.
I know since then it's a drug and it IS some way used for space travel through the navigators, but to this day I still think it makes more sense as a fuel source only (well at least for me)

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roman9441 May 15 2013 says:

I love this game

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THEAQIB Mar 12 2013 says:

This game and it's forefunner began the RTS revolution....
I justt love this game....

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Meyerm Jul 3 2012 says:

I have the PS version of this. Graphics are low quality, but 3d. That one actually has two colors per faction. Main color is whatever color is chosen by the player (or just blue, red, green in campaign depending on faction), but additionally Harkonnen always have a red secondary color, ordos have green, and atreides blue regardless of primary color. In campaign there's also yellow for smugglers, brown for Fremen, yellow-green for mercs (or just yellow. When combined with grey primary color it may look different), and purple for Corrino's Sardaukar.

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OrangeNero Apr 7 2012 says:

The game had some great features like the sandworm and the pavement, I find it sad that these are not picked up by newer rts games.

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PsionicAssassin Jun 19 2011 says:

Dune, worlds first RTS game.
If westwood hadn't made this, who knows maybe Warcraft and Star craft wouldn't exist.

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BladeRunner162 Feb 13 2011 says:

God i love this game!

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