The Wraithlord is a twelve-foot tall monster crafted from psychic bone, imbued with the spirit of an ancient warrior who exists to only to kill. The Space Marine Captain is the champion of a barely-human warrior caste who runs around in power armour that compounds his ridiculous strength. When these two meet on a battlefield, something messy and exciting ought to happen.
UK fans of everlasting war in the 41st millennium will have been looking forward to the release of Space Marine today, but if you're looking to pick it up on Steam, then there's bad news. Space Marine isn't available on Steam. The old Space Marine Steam page has been replaced by a message saying "this item is currently unavailable in your region."
It seemed likely that this would happen when the Space Marine demo pulled the same vanishing act a couple of weeks ago. Previously, Dragon Age 2 and Brink have vanished from Steam in the UK with no explanation. Brink eventually reappeared several weeks after launch. Hopefully Space Marine will return in good time. Until then, this means yet more frustration for UK customers.
I love my thunder hammer. I love the crackle of blue energy dancing across the weight on the end as my Space Marine – Ultramarines Captain Titus – hefts it backwards. I love swinging into the gurning face of an ork. I love chaining together three standard attacks, whirling and spinning with destructive force, before pressing F to slam my hammer into the floor, stunning every alien, monster, and monstrous alien in the vicinity.
But life is difficult, because I also love my chainsword, and I can’t carry both. Oh, and can I tell you about my power axe? I want to explain how satisfying it is to boot a Chaos cultist very hard in his scarred face before burying a five-foot axe in his shoulder. Sorry, hang on. I’ve got too excited. Let me calm down.
The first screenshots of the Space Marine co-op mode, Exterminatus, have arrived. They show four players of various Space Marine chapters holding off an Ork horde. In addition, there are also trailers for the Power Axe and Chainsword, joining the previous Thunder Hammer trailer for more completely over the top Warhammer 40,000 goodness.
Space Marine is released in September, the co-op mode will be added, as free DLC in October. FOR THE EMPEROR!
A man in bright blue armour slitting a demon's throat with a chainsaw? It must be Warhammer 40k. We're hurtling like a drop ship towards Space Marine's September 6 release date. Space Marines is available to pre-order now. Check out the various deals on the Space Marine site. There will be only war. And some talking. About war.
A new post on the Dawn of War 2: Retribution blog reveals a new DLC pack that will add the Ulthwe faction to the Eldar. The Ulthwe have the level of cheer you'd expect from a faction that lives their entire lives near an inter dimensional phenomenon known as the Eye of Terror. They're not be too optimistic about the future of the universe, but they are very good at shooting demons in the face. The DLC will provide a new look for most of the main Eldar units, similar to the recent Dark Angels pack which was released back in April for $7.50 / £5.00. There's no news on a release date or pricing details just yet, but you can see four new screenshots of the redesigned units below.
Dawn of War 2 made a bold shift away from the scale of the first game. It dropped base building and huge armies and replaced them with a cluster of upgradeable units with skill trees and armour slots. If you felt that the Dawn of War 2 format failed to capture the enormous armies and planet-sized scraps of the Warhammer 40K universe, then you might want to keep a close eye on Dawn of War 3. Relic marketing manager James McDermott told Eurogamer that the sequel will let you "build your own custom mega army," and aims to capture the sense of a "war that rages eternal." Oh my.
Some fresh Space Marine screens have emerged from the Warp, showing scenes of the Emperor's finest space-knights space-chopping their way through the Ork hordes. The screens are embedded below. Expect plasma pistols and massive explosions.