Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2 will finally take players back to the grim darkness of the far future. Here’s everything we know about this long-awaited sequel, including a release date, gameplay trailers, and the story.
Back in 2011, the first game in the series Warhammer 40K Space Marine threw players into a third-person hack-and-slash game pitting us against the never-ending Ork waaaagh! Now, after more than a decade, a sequel is slowly being teased.
The game has a lot to live up to, but fans of Warhammer 40K and the first game alike can’t wait for it to come out. Let’s take a look at everything we know about the release date, story, and more.
- Does Space Marine 2 have a release date?
- Space Marine 2 trailers
- What’s the story?
- Gameplay & Co-Op Multiplayer
Even though Space Marine 2 was officially announced at the Game Awards 2021, one thing we didn’t get was any kind of release date or even a release year.
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Still, we did get a few shots of gameplay, so the game could still be in the mid-stages of development. That being said though, it might not tell us anything about a release date but sometime in 2022 is a safe bet or even early 2023 if development gets pushed back.
One thing we do know is that Space Marine 2 will be released on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. Not only that but it will be included with the Xbox Game Pass as well.
The only trailer so far for Warhammer 40,000: Space Marines 2 is the one embedded above, which premiered at the Game Awards 2021. In it, we see a band of Imperial Guardsmen being cut down by some nasty-looking Tyranids before a trio of the Emperor’s own drop-in to save the day.
The Ultramarine Captain Titus reveals his face as the player character at the end of the premiere. Beyond the multi-gen jump in visual processing power in the 10 years since the original Space Marine, that time also sees Focus Entertainment taking the reigns from Relic for development duties.
Knowing Games Workshop’s fastidiousness when it comes to consistency, we should be able to expect a familiar gameplay style. As indicated in the final moments of the trailer, the frantic maelstrom of battle that fans were enamored with in the first installment is going nowhere.
Following Captain Titus’ arrest by the Black Templars at the end of Space Marine, the trailer leaves us with more questions than it answers regarding what our second favorite Ultramarine has been doing with his time.
Judging from the trailer, a Tyranid infestation has broken out planetside, with the local Imperial Guard being unceremoniously wiped out. Seeing Titus going toe-to-toe with a Bonesword-armed Tyranid Warrior feels as close as we’ll get to being able to replicate the Battle of Macragge on any gaming platform that isn’t tabletop.
During an episode of the PC Gaming Show, Space Marine 2 developers Tim Willits and Oliver Hollis explained that our titular Space Marine has been enhanced further than the average foot soldier in the sequel after ancient secrets were unearthed by The Emperor’s top scientist. It will be interesting to see what changes this brings to the gameplay.
Speaking of gameplay, Space Marine 2 could very well have multiplayer since the first game did as well. On the other hand, co-op was not a feature included in the first game, so that might not happen.
The first game’s multiplayer sort of felt like Gears of War, so if you’re a fan of that series, the Warhammer title could definitely be worth checking out. Willits and Hollis were inspired by a trip to the Warhammer Museum when developing Space Marine 2.
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Both saw huge dioramas of Space Marines fighting Tyranids and wanted to “not just look at that, but be in that,” meaning we’ll be fighting armies of thousands of Tyranids in Space Marine 2 – but with the tools to take them down.
That’s all we know about Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 for now.
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