New Warhammer 40K: Inquisitor-Martyr trailer showcases "Blood and Gore"

The “Blood and Gore” trailer for the upcoming action-RPG Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr is aptly named. It's all about destructible armor, targeted attacks, executions, and the many fun and interesting ways you can turn your enemies into a crunchy paste. 

The trailer does actually reveal things pertinent to gameplay: You'll be able to shoot weapons out of the hands of enemies, for instance, and some of them are so indifferent to their allies that they'll cut them down just to get to you, a character flaw you'll be able to take advantage of in certain situations. But for the most part, we're just here to see things get smeared across the floor.

“Inquisitors must wade into the thick of the battle, where gushing blood spatters on the walls, spilled entrails stain the floor, severed limbs twitch under the fallen bodies,” the narrator says. “Incinerate your foes. Cut them to pieces. Blast them to smithereens.” 

I guess that's clear enough, but I can't say I'm convinced that all this gooey mayhem is, as the trailer claims, a necessary part of fighting fire with fire. Sun Tzu said, “To subdue the enemy without fighting is the acme of skill,” and I don't think climbing onto his chest and ripping his skull from his spine with your bare hands is that. It does look pretty groovy, though.   

WH40KI-M also promises nice-looking environmental destruction, which you can see in the “Mass Destruction” trailer from May. It's slated to come out later this year.

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.