The immensely popular Warhammer 40,000 franchise has seen lots of success on many fronts, but most fans will agree that its track record is quite hit-and-miss when it comes to video games.
That said, many titles have been released under the 40K banner—some classics, some utterly forgettable, and some hidden gems in the middle that managed to shine despite their apparent mediocrity. Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine was one such game.
And now, a whole ten years later, this fan-favorite is finally getting a sequel that it deserves. So, when is Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 coming out, and what do we know about it so far?
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Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2 Release Date
The game was officially announced at the Game Awards 2021, although no official release date has yet been set thus far.
Considering that we are yet to see a proper gameplay demo apart from the brief glimpse we’ve gotten from the reveal trailer, it’s safe to assume that the release is not yet close. If we’re being optimistic, the game just might drop by the end of 2022, although a release sometime in 2023 is much more likely.
The game will be released for Windows, along with the PlayStation 5 and the Xbox Series X/S consoles.
Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2 Trailer
So far, only one Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 trailer has been shown, and it is the initial reveal trailer from the 2021 Game Awards. Though this 2-and-a-half-minute long video doesn’t say much, it does provide a glimpse into what we can expect from the story and the actual gameplay.
The trailer shows a squad of Space Marines being deployed on a Tyranid-infested world, arriving just in time to save an Imperial Guard squad from being overwhelmed. Equipped with the new Primaris power armor, the Marines quickly dispatch the Tyranid hormagaunts and the warrior leading them, after which the leader of the Space Marine squad is revealed to be none other than Captain Titus, the protagonist of the first game.
After this story teaser, the trailer also shows a few brief glimpses of actual gameplay, showcasing some impressive graphics and stunning vistas, along with a gameplay formula that seems quite similar to the original.
Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2 Gameplay
Judging from what we’ve seen of the first trailer, it appears that the sequel will expectedly be built on the same formula that made the first game so satisfying to play: a mix of a third-person shooter and a visceral, gory hack-and-slash.
However, while the original’s formula was undeniably effective, many fans agree that the combat was also quite shallow, which made it grow stale relatively quickly once the gameplay hours started to pile up.
That said, we hope to see a bit more variety this time around. That means more weapons and, more importantly, a slightly more complex melee combat system with more combos. On top of that, given the recent trends in game development, some RPG elements would not be out of the question.
In any case, what made the original Space Marine so enjoyable was its simplicity, so hopefully, Saber Interactive can find a golden balance and give the combat more depth without making it needlessly complex.
And so, that would be everything we know about Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 as of now! We will be updating this article as more news comes out, so be sure to check in further down the line.