Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine First Look

Relic unveils its next Warhammer 40K game with this action RPG stunner.

In the future, there is only war. And that's a very good thing in Relic's upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine. The developer, best known as a creator of real-time strategy games and, in 40K circles, as the minds behind the two Dawn of War games, is stretching its development muscles with Space Marine, which will be an action role-playing game that aims to give players an immediate and action-soaked look at the Warhammer universe.

Today, behind closed doors, Relic developers showed a four-and-a-half-minute trailer of Space Marine. Although no concrete gameplay was shown, producers made a point of saying that all of the footage shown in the trailer came from in-engine action, which was impressive, considering the visual quality on display.

The high-level story of Space Marine will follow your character as he and his fellow power-suited badasses try to stem the tide of an invasion by the green-skinned Orks on a forge planet (the planetary factories where space marine weaponry is created). Beyond that overview, we don't know much else about the story in the game.But, honestly, when the rest of the trailer was filled with action-packed shots of Space Marines and Orks mixing it up in glorious fashion, who really cares about the story?

Combat will be one of the key factors in Space Marine, and though the specific control mechanics are still under wraps, Relic reps told us that they intend every button to be capable of a violent action. We're not quite certain if means that you'll be able to decapitate your foe with a press of the select button, but we get the point.

One thing we do know is that your space marine will have access to plenty of different weapons at hand, including energy swords, chain blades, and huge, electrical hammers that will be effective for dealing with swarming enemies. There will also be ranged weapons, of course; we saw one marine picking off Orks with a pistol, and another spraying bullets out of a belt-fed machine gun. Choosing which weapons you wield will be only part of the customization options in Space Marine; the footage also showed some leveling aspects, wherein the player will be able to upgrade attributes such as strength, attack, and defense.

So far, only space marines and Orks have been confirmed to be in the game but, given that the game is early in development, there's always the possibility that could change in the future. From the demo, the Orks look to be ferocious (and slightly stupid) enemies, perfectly in keeping with their "chop first, never ask questions" approach to battle. Relic is also being tight-lipped about online options in the game, but hinted that they look to do justice to the Warhammer universe's tradition as a shared experience.

We can't wait to see how Space Marine shapes up, particularly with regard to the customization elements of your space marine, which has always been a 40K hallmark. No release date has even been hinted at yet, but here's hoping the hard-hitting combat that 40K tabletop players have always envisioned in their mind's eye will be brought to life in the game. Stay tuned for more Space Marine coverage in the coming months.

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101 comments
OverLord1228
OverLord1228

Also to prevent a ''hah ur wrong''from anyone DOW2 storyline is just for the game not the lore so big chance it wont appear in ''space marine'' but then again it is relic we r talking about do we have to remeber tales of valor(direct fire mode wtf is that useless crap) so we have to keep our fingers crossed that relic will keep off the beer and drugs like they did on dark crusade(best expansion on oringinal seris) and the oringinal DOW so they can do a good job and give us sum good old fashion blood splattering fun.

OverLord1228
OverLord1228

@Gelugon baat he blood ravens are indeed a splinter fraction and most u speak is true. However i dont think due to the fact SPOILER ALERT that chapter master kyras from chaos rising is corrupt. Blood ravens apperaring in the campaign would be out of stroy for DOW2. Plus the space marines dont consider the emperor a god but the trillions (and more) do consider him a god. the new codexs r alright but the old ones r best. have the first codex of all races(costed me a fourtune but worth it) and they r truly everything u expect from gamesworkshop.The new ones stray away a little from the fiction itself but still satisfactory. p.s the comics r awe inspiring too and i know u fixed the mistake from the trailer just wanted to let u know the other info. p.s.s Any info on anything about warhammer can be found on wikipedia EVERYTHING.

OverLord1228
OverLord1228

For years Warhammer one of the greatist seris of games is moving into a different genre and concoles. this is a chance to spread this pc beloved to other systems making this game world wide and if good make it more infamous than halo or gears. Multiplayer would be awesome for like ( almost and i mean almost ) like a star wars battlefront or like fear 2 multi. custimize your space marine based on ur rank for unlocks and modes like a race fighting another like orks fighting chaos so the multi wont dry too much.SO much potential should not be ruined when this game can dominate servers on 360 and PS3. For the emperors sake dot mess this up.

raith616
raith616

oops my bad make that next march

raith616
raith616

@digital-reaver if you check play.com for this its listed as quarter 4 this year for a release, looks good enough to giveKratos a run foe his money cant help but wonder if they'll do loads of dlc, doin it from an ork point of view or better still chaos marines!!!!!!!!!

digital_reaver
digital_reaver

why havent we heard anything for almost a year now? Is this title still in development?

lifeoncrime
lifeoncrime

control a space marine is my dream. Impressiveeeeeeeee!!!!

killangrathor31
killangrathor31

man i hope they dont mess this up, ive been asking for a game like this for years cant wait!

papajroche
papajroche

I'm excited. This promises to be amazing.

DJslinky
DJslinky

i agree this could b wikid so long as u dont have to play as ultramarines haha fingers crossed

madmoose7
madmoose7

i wounder if relic will put an army painter in like they have on DoW, that would pretty cool, if not im more then happy playing as the ultramarines

markrhodes
markrhodes

to Gelugon_baat, the blood ravens are a splinter of the thousand sons. Its the reason that they have the large amount librarians and have an obsesion with knowledge. This game seems realy cool, cant wait. its also rumoured that you can play as any chapter you want, nothing against the boys in blue, i just prefer the imperial fists. I cant wait for multiplayer in this game. ITS GOING TO BE EPIC!!!

bad_ass12
bad_ass12

where can i find the leaked trailer i dont see any tyranids in the released one and its irking me...............for anyone who reads the novels ....they should know the story is going to be good.............i never really read before i got into warhammer and never could reaelly find anything that interested me to get to read but man turn of the TV read a book and youll see the light the imagination is one of the best gifts of all

bigZmanship
bigZmanship

... yeah.. these dudes are the original Space Marines (DOOM/Marathon counterpoints not withstanding) -- FFS Blizzard why the hell isnt there a Starcraft EPIC FPS MMO yet?!?!?!!

acepilotmra
acepilotmra

@Gelugon_baat: That isn't necessarily a "Blood Raven" in talking in the trailer. If anything it doesn't sound from his tone and perspective to even be a space marine. The Space Marines in the trailer are of the Ultramarine chapter, not Blood Ravens. The Blood Ravens anyway are a splinter chapter to begin with. There are hints they were either once part of the Black Legion Chaos SM chapter or the Thousand Sons Chaos SM chapter. BTW - Gimme my Space Wolves!

acepilotmra
acepilotmra

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bigZmanship
bigZmanship

To the original Space Marines, we salute thee. We shall crush our enemies. Do want.

fonz12
fonz12

And in the leaked footage there was me favourite race- chaos space marines. Looks like a tougher enemy but less in numbers

fonz12
fonz12

Dang i cant wait to this comes out, seen leaked footage, it's like gears of war with cinemaction moments- pre ordering as soon as possible. And for anyones infomation the 'pistol' is a bolt pistol and the belt fed machine gun is a heavy bolter

JediMaster210
JediMaster210

For goodness sake if it is only on X BOX, then curses to YOU. PC, the original console should not be forgot, in fact, if anything, it should be graced with the awesomeness of Warhammer 40K Space Marine. It had better be on PC.

lilpain82
lilpain82

Ohweee.... that´s goin to be killa... and for da console.... hope they do some "half-addicting" stuff in there... not only buttonmashing...

tommo352
tommo352

Slayer22396 - i do hope that they do bring it out on pc. I have always longed for a game like this and finally its here! but its not for pc! why *sobs*?

Slayer22396
Slayer22396

This game should be good i am a big fan of all the DoW pc games. With that said i have no doubt that this game will be released for the pc after all pc gaming is what has given 40k games most of the rep they have now. Oh yeah, and about the whole " your nerd if you play 40k thing" thats not true my big brother and i both play the game, play football, and are both pretty popualr at our schools. So, if anyone has anything about the nerd thing strap on a helmet and see how long you last on the field while i'm linebacker.

19560909
19560909

(continued) Game looks ok but i'm concerned that it will become a boring hack n slash rpg like too human. Saying that, relic are a very good developer and i can't think of anyone else better for the job so it's fingers crossed!

19560909
19560909

Reply to all those below who insulted the 40k gamers. (and a dig at them too). I think people need to realise that a good majority of people that play 40k are normal people and not nerds or geeks or whatever word you want to use. A lot of phrases seem to be used, things like "get a life", "go get laid" or "go get a Girlfriend". The fact is that many people I know that play the game have girlfriends and wives or husbands and boyfriends because girls play it too, and they are all perfectly normal people. I have 12 years in the hobby, (my wife has 3) but saying that i'm not prepared to have a full blown fit just because the interviewer doesn't know the name for the belt-fed machine gun, you know what he means. In my experience, the sort of people who have called me a geek or heckled me from time to time are the sort that seem to know absolutely EVERYTHING about the football team they support and are on first name terms with all the players... which i find a little hypocritical. People who brand these 40k gamers as geeks or whatever seriously need to wake up, stop being so damn ignorant, just leave them alone and get on with your own lives. BUT those 40k gamers need to realise that a vast majority of people are not going to know as much as you on the subject and is not worth frothing at the mouth and losing sleep over, live and let live.

airsoftmanic
airsoftmanic

by the way, there's a carnifex in the extended video that the GS insiders missed. for reference, its being shot by the titan when it shows the shot of the landscape. ill get back to you on specifics but its roughly just under the center of the screen and a little to the left.

ultra_mega_man
ultra_mega_man

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Mandalore_Fett
Mandalore_Fett

Looks awesome i hope you get to fight Chaos... they weren't in dow2

f1tz
f1tz

I'm genuinely surprised at the amount of posts expressing concern about whether this game will be released on PC or not. Why wouldn't it be? The PC games market is huge, truly . There is absolutely no reason to think that 'Space Marine' will be a console only release.

holyknight234
holyknight234

"Beyond that overview, we don't know much else about the story in the game.But, honestly, when the rest of the trailer was filled with action-packed shots of Space Marines and Orks mixing it up in glorious fashion, who really cares about the story?" ...that's... that's... that's terrible... freaking optimistic interviewers, they'll probably be like "the story sucked, and this game gets bad mark even if the visual is good" in the end. This game better have a good story

Vampyre169
Vampyre169

Pexalottle: Hey genius read it again. "we saw one marine picking off Orks with a pistol, and another spraying bullets out of a belt-fed machine gun." See the "and another", but you know reading isnt important at all

supertegwyn
supertegwyn

THEY BETTER PORT TO PC!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

roryk666
roryk666

"Pexalottle Posted Jun 6, 2009 3:16 am GMT It's obvious that this guy doesnt know much about 40k. He doesnt know a thing about what the weapons are called "We saw one marine picking off orks with a pistol" "spraying bullets out of a belt-fed machine gun." maybe hes got a life?

Pexalottle
Pexalottle

It's obvious that this guy doesnt know much about 40k. He doesnt know a thing about what the weapons are called "We saw one marine picking off orks with a pistol" "spraying bullets out of a belt-fed machine gun."

Junior_AIN
Junior_AIN

Lately I've been having increasing interest in RPGs, glad this will be released for the 360.

gmax
gmax

This was an interesting looking game, with its skulls-on-everything motif.

jimmae1990
jimmae1990

I'm psyched - the trailer looks awesome & relic has treated other warhammer games REALLY well, read: DOWII.

HOMIE_G64
HOMIE_G64

If you can customize your Space Marines, then I'm sold. Otherwise, it is still a great game, but you don't get WH40k without customization.

jb511
jb511

A relic game not have a good story? I think not. This game is gonna be sweet.

Hugo_Fahkov
Hugo_Fahkov

I'm hoping that there's some sort of squad in this game. Would be alot cooler if you had a few more guys with you that you can give orders to.

teaabags
teaabags

ive wanted a space marine game where you actually control one character and not an army of them for ages, sounds loads of fun and the video looks great..if this is early on, then it can only get better..

raltoren
raltoren

Actually from that really old leaked footage, it showed a Space Marine fighting Traitor Imperial Guard and Chaos Space Marines. I'm so excited for this game.

Darkstar_Sinada
Darkstar_Sinada

This has a ton of potential, could definitely pack a great story into this game, more personal than the RTS based on the 40k universe. And lets be honest, we know you'll end up fighting more than Orks....come on. There will at least be some involvement by another genos race.

dolphinetrader
dolphinetrader

It should include the four main races that were featured in DOW, orcs, eldar, chaos and of course the space marines. Really looking forward to this.

404-not-found
404-not-found

If they don't port this to the PC I'm gonna be really pissed.