After a decade of waiting, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine is getting a sequel

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In 2019, publisher Focus Entertainment announced it was working with Saber Interactive on "a license among the most important in the Games Workshop universe (opens in new tab)." During The Game Awards, we finally found out what that was—a sequel to Relic's much-loved 2011 action game Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine.

Originally planned to be the first in a trilogy, Space Marine ended on a cliffhanger, leaving the fate of its protagonist, Captain Titus of the Ultramarines, up in the air. In Space Marine 2, we finally get to find out who Titus wrecks the faces of next: the tyranids, 40K's living bioweapons who fight with organic weaponry. The trailer, like the original game, emphasizes the heroic scale of the transhuman space marines, in contrast to the ordinary humans of the Imperial Guard. One of them kneels as they pass, whispering "angels" before a marine takes off his helmet to reveal the craggy face of Titus.

Titus is being played by Clive Standen (of Vikings, Camelot, and Robin Hood) this time, replacing Mark Strong. Standing on stage at The Game Awards with a chainsword over his shoulder, he certainly looked the part.

There's no release date for Space Marine 2 yet, but you can subscribe to the newsletter at the official website (opens in new tab) for more.

Jody Macgregor
Weekend/AU Editor

Jody's first computer was a Commodore 64, so he remembers having to use a code wheel to play Pool of Radiance. A former music journalist who interviewed everyone from Giorgio Moroder to Trent Reznor, Jody also co-hosted Australia's first radio show about videogames, Zed Games (opens in new tab). He's written for Rock Paper Shotgun (opens in new tab), The Big Issue, GamesRadar (opens in new tab), Zam (opens in new tab), Glixel (opens in new tab), Five Out of Ten Magazine (opens in new tab), and (opens in new tab), whose cheques with the bunny logo made for fun conversations at the bank. Jody's first article for PC Gamer was about the audio of Alien Isolation, published in 2015, and since then he's written about why Silent Hill belongs on PC, why Recettear: An Item Shop's Tale is the best fantasy shopkeeper tycoon game, and how weird Lost Ark can get. Jody edited PC Gamer Indie from 2017 to 2018, and he eventually lived up to his promise to play every Warhammer videogame.