Dune II, over the period of three years, was released in multiple versions. The game was developed for the PC by Westwood Studios and distributed by Virgin Games. Originally, the game found its home on DOS in 1992, and was later released in 1993 for the Amiga. The US was greeted by a version entitled Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty. The European version was given the title Dune II: The Battle for Arrakis. The name difference was merely cosmetic, and the only accompanying variance was the box art.

In 1994, the game was licensed by Sega and released for both the Sega Genesis and The Sega Mega Drive. This time around, the game's title was changed again. Console gamers were met with Dune: The Battle for Arrakis. The differences between the Genesis and the Mega Drive versions were merely a difference in box art. The developing and distribution of the Sega versions were the same as for the PC; however Virgin was now listed as Virgin Interactive Entertainment rather than Virgin Games. The game mechanics remained the same.