If you missed out on last year's Humble THQ Bundle or followup Nvidia giveaway, it's time for a threepeat. Amazon saw how all the cool kids were discounting THQ games with great results, and it has followed suit with the Tantalizing THQ Medley, which slices off 91 percent in savings across six games, including Metro 2033, STALKER, and Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.
Warhammer 40000: Space Marine
The evil gods of Chaos tend to use fear and the promise of power immortality to motivate their warriors, but it turns out all they really need is an experience system and a linear series of unlocks. THQ are setting out to prove this with a new lump of paid DLC for Space Marine's recently added co-op survival mode, Exterminatus.
Space Marine has finally received its four player co-op survival mode, Exterminatus. An automatic Steam update should add the mode to the Online section of the Space Marine main menu, and will offer you and four friends two maps on which to trounce hordes and hordes of Orks. I jumped in for five minutes and killed about 115 with nothing but a Heavy Bolter and a big power-armoured booty. Stomp, stomp! Dakka dakka! Weapon unlocked!
Experience earned popping green monsters in survival mode will also count towards your overall multiplayer rank, giving you new weaponry with which to embarrass your enemies, which acts as an unnecessary extra motivation to team up and make a big gooey mess of a charging Ork Waaaagh!
THQ's executive VP of core games, Danny Bilson has been talking to Joystiq about the possibility of a sequel to Space Marine. His muted reaction isn't good news for those hoping for a bigger and better follow-up. He says he's "not sure if there's room" for Space Marine 2, thanks in part to the upcoming Warhammer 40,000 MMO, Dark Millenium Online.
Bilson points out that THQ have "already annouced the Imperium in the MMO as a class you can play," and notes that it's "very active, as opposed to the more turn-based stuff. I'm not sure there's room for Space Marine." Dark Millenium's estimated 2013 release could put it in competition with a Space Marine sequel.
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 The old Space Marine Steam page has been replaced by a message saying "this item is currently unavailable in your region."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 few weeks ago a hastily withdrawn official post on the Space Marine forums confirmed that Space Marine will have co-op, but suggested that it could arrive a month after release. Kotaku now report that the forum post was entirely accurate. The co-op option will be a four player survival mode called Exterminatus, and will arenas will throw increasingly tough waves of enemies at players. It will be free, and out in early October.
Hopefully Exterminatus will let all four players wield Thunder Hammers at the same time. RPS have spotted a new Space Marine trailer showing off the magnificent weapon. A regular war hammer isn't dramatic enough for the armies of Warhammer 40,000, so the Imperium invented a hammer with a portable force field that explodes with every impact, creating a weapon better known colloquially as "The Swingy Boom-Splat." Check out the video above to find out why.
Space Marine is out next Tuesday in the US, and on Friday in Europe. Get an early taste with the Space Marine demo.
Space Marine has vanished from the Steam store in the UK, which is going to make it harder for Brits to get hold of the new demo that's just been released. RPS helpfully provide a workaround link for UK Steam users eager to brain some Orks.
It's unclear why Space Marine has vanished, but it reminds us of Brink's recent disappearance. That game didn't turn up until weeks after launch. Hopefully Space Marine won't suffer the same fate.
If the demo isn't enough to tide you over until Space Marine's release on September 6 in the US (September 9 in Europe), then check out the video interview with Space Marine's lead voice actor above. He offers various arguments supporting his decision to voice a Space Marine, though we all know the real reason. His name is MARK STRONG.
A post on the Space Marine site, spotted by Evil Avatar announces that a demo for Space Marine will be arriving next Tuesday August 23. It'll let us take control of Captain Titus for two levels. The first will let us murder a horde of Orks at the gates of a munitions factory using a selection of six weapons, including a chainsword and a bolter. The second section will let us try out Space Marine's assault pack.
Assault packs are essentially jetpacks, but because this is Warhammer 40,000 they're twice the size you'd expect and can be used to kill. In Space Marine you can blast yourself over a horde of enemies and then use your jets to fire yourself at the ground. Anything you hit explodes with the impact. Whoosh-BANG. Check out the latest Space Marine trailer for more.
This cutscene-ridden dev diary for Space Marine can be divided into "whaaa-?" moments and "waaagh!" moments. For example: "whaa? - is that Space Marine free falling through a fleet of exploding capital ships?" and "Waaagh! ORK TRAIN!" Also featured: Titans, deamons and enormous shoulder pads. Space Marine is out on September 6 in the US, and September 9 in Europe.
A post on the Space Marine forums, spotted by Shacknews, briefly appeared to confirm that Space Marine will have co-op.The same post also suggested that it will be arriving some time after launch, "thirty days "give or take" after launch," in fact. You can read a cached version of the post here.
THQ have since contacted Shacknews to officially confirm that "Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will have co-op," adding "we look forward to announcing more details later this month." Read our hands on Space Marine preview for an idea of how Relic's Ork-mangling sim is shaping up. It's out on September 6 in the US, and September 9 in Europe.
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.
Good news for fans of bright pink Space Marines, Relic's new third person shooter has extensive character customisation in multiplayer. In this interview, Kim chats to Relic's James McDermott about characters, story, multiplayer and taking inspiration from Dawn of War. Take a look if you plan to create an Adeptus Fabulous chapter when Space Marine is released on September 8th.
Relic's 40K mash-'em-up, Space Marine will give us the chance to meet new and interesting aliens, and purge them of all of their blood. It's out in September, but will all that gore require an ox of a machine to run? Find out in the minimum and maximum system requirements, spotted by NewGameNetwork on the Space Marine forums.
E3 is a reason to get excited every summer. It's not like GDC where we get to hear the insiders story on game development, or the day to day coverage of the industry. E3 is all about seeing. That's why E3 is the event where developers and publishers show off the most spectacular trailers and offer extensive demo footage of the next big titles you're going to be playing. E3 2011 was packed with video footage of some of the most exciting upcoming titles, from those just around the corner like Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, to those still a long way off, such as Tomb Raider. Read on to find a round-up of the most impressive videos from this year's event.
The E3 2011 Space Marine trailer gives us our first look at Chaos forces in motion, giving us a chance to study their movements before we hack them into bloody chunks later this year. The trailer shows the Emperor's Finest obliterating an army of Orks before laying into an army of angry red Bloodletters, summoned by a floating Chaos Sorcerer. How are we supposed to chainsaw him in the face when he's all the way up there?
Destructoid have raided the Eye of Terror and brought back a new Space Marine dev diary showcasing some spectacular combat footage. If you thought Orks bled green, be prepared to be proved wrong in the most splattery manner possible. Relic have released another five screenshots from the game. You'll find them embedded below. Space Marine is shaping up very nicely, don't you think? We look forward to seeing more of it soon at E3.
THQ and Games Workshop have announced that their licence agreement will be extended. It basically means that THQ can continue to create games that are packed full of Space Marines and Orks spelled with a "K".
THQ have had relative success with the license so far. We awarded Dawn of War 2: Retribution 88 in our review. Tom has written a preview about the upcoming Space Marine too; you can read that here.
What would you like to see THQ create with the 40K licence?
Our May issue is now on-sale in both physics-based shops and our online one, where it's £5.99 with free postage to anywhere in the UK. Truly, it's a small price to pay for a magazine with a picture of a red-headed female bounty hunter from Star Wars: The Old Republic on the cover.
That's for Tom's huge preview of the swords-and-Forcery MMORPG: he played the game for a ridiculous two days, as both the Bounty Hunter class and the Imperial Agent, and he has some opinions to tell you.