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Emperor: Battle for Dune is the true sequel to both Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty and Dune 2000. Unlike Dune 2000, it progresses the storyline and takes place after the Ordos victory in its predecessors, but with the same basic premise: houses Atreides, Ordos, and Harkonnen battle for supremacy on the planet Arrakis, the only location where the valuable resource known as Spice Melange can be found, but for the first time in the Dune RTS series, other locations are also visited briefly.

This time, all three factions have redesigned arsenals with more varied units. Other than a new 3D engine by Intelligent Games, Emperor: Battle for Dune introduces the sub-house system. In skirmish and multiplayer games, up to two (out of five) sub-houses can be chosen to lend their technologies to the player in the form of two unique units and a relevant structure which trains them. The singleplayer campaign is once again played on a meta-map, this time with defensive missions as well, and sub-houses may join the player in the fight. The Living Planet feature randomly spawns tornadoes. The AI's play style can also be chosen in skirmish and multiplayer modes for a more varied gameplay.

Each refinery now comes with a free carry-all assigned to the existing free harvester for faster resource gathering and defense. Also, each refinery can be upgraded with two extra pads which also come free with a harvester and carry-all.

True to a major Westwood Studios production, Emperor: Battle for Dune features live-action cutscenes between missions.


Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows An abandoned Starport, but since it's iconed as a civilian, there's no way to occupy it.
Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows Getting ready an engineer to take on the Harkonnen base.
Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows Main Title/Main Menu
Emperor: Battle for Dune Windows Sardaukar army, prepping to embark for Dune.

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Alternate Titles

  • "Emperor: Schlacht um Dune" -- German title
  • "Empereur: La Bataille pour Dune" -- French title
  • "EBfD" -- Common abbreviation
  • "Dune 3" -- Informal name

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User Reviews

A fairly decent strategy game, an innovative approach of Frank Herbert's work. KaiserChicken (12) 4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars4.14 Stars
Yet another C&C El-ad Amir (124) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars
interesting asymmetric factions, but single player is flawed MiG_ (41) 2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars2.86 Stars

Critic Reviews

ActionTrip Jun 28, 2001 89 out of 100 89
Power Unlimited Jun, 2001 88 out of 100 88 Sep 13, 2001 8.3 out of 10 83
FiringSquad Jul 13, 2001 82 out of 100 82
Gamer's Pulse Jun 27, 2001 80 out of 100 80
PC Games (Germany) May, 2001 79 out of 100 79
Super Play (Sweden) Jul, 2001 7 out of 10 70
Retrogaming History Sep 07, 2009 7 out of 10 70 Jun 19, 2001 14 out of 20 70
Gamekult Jun 20, 2001 6 out of 10 60


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The game had no editor, but because of the rising demand from the fans, Westwood patched the game, and released a map editor. They also released six map packs as an example to well built maps. After the editor was out, Westwood lost interest in the game and moved it's support to one of their fans known as Gabblehopper.


Beside Frank Klepacki (Westwood's house composer at the time), Westwood Studio brought another two music composers for Emperor: battle for Dune. This way, each of them composed music tracks for different houses, so that way they accomplished that each of the house, Atreides, Ordos, and the Harkonnen possess similar yet unique music style that marks a certain house.


We finally learn the name of the icy home planet of the Ordos: Draconis IV.

Plot (Dune 2000 spoiler!)

This game is a sequel to Dune 2000, but when finished with Ordos. In the last scene of Ordos House in Dune 2000, Lady Elara uses her Gob Jabbar to kill the Emperor, and that piece of animation is even used as intro for this game. By this, Westwood breaks the tradition of making add-ons and sequels as if the good guys have won in the predecessor.

Pre-order code

Those that pre-ordered Emperor: Battle for Dune, received special code that unlocks three units for multiplayer mode. However, Westwood Studios's plan was to make them available for all the others as well, but not so soon.


As of 2003, the game support has moved from Westwood to fed2k. Their website was

Information also contributed by Henry Aloni and Jornand de Buisonjé

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Brolin Empey (857) added Emperor: Battle for Dune (Windows) on Apr 12, 2001