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Space Hulk: Deathwing looks gloriously violent

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There are a ton of games that come out every year, that go underneath the radar. Games with decent budgets, franchises and licenses attached to them. And as a pseudo-fan of Warhammer 40K’s lore, I’m trying to figure out how I missed seeing a first-person shooter set in that universe, being announced over a year and a half ago. It’s called Space Hulk: Deathwing, and until somebody else picks up the former THQ license to make a new Space Marine game, it sounds pretty solid.

Mind you, I’m basing all of this off of zero gameplay and anecdotal evidence only. For instance, here’s the latest trailer for the game, which was rendered in-engine. Which also means that it contains zero actual gameplay:

I’ve always dug Warhammer 40K however, and the Space Marines who are the face of that tabletop game series. In the actual lore of Warhammer 40K, a space hulk refers to a spaceship graveyard essentially. It’s a decent enough locale for a new game, but I’m keen to see if the game does justice to the Space Marines and the Terminators. terminators are hardcore yo. They’re a force to be reckoned with, a Jaeger that is boiled down to a more manageable size and pretty much the cream of the Space Marine crop. According to the wiki, Terminators are:

Space Marine Veterans who have earned the right to wear Tactical Dreadnought Armour, better known as Terminator Armour, and serve as their Chapter’s greatest infantry assets, each essentially serving as a walking tank. Tactical Dreadnought Armor combines the technological developments of Power Armour with the sealed environmental suits designed for starship crews that work in highly unstable or corrosive environments such as inside the high pressure casings of plasma reactor shields.

Terminators are always members of the elite 1st Company of a Codex Astartes-compliant Space Marine Chapter. All suits of Terminator Armour have built-in teleportation devices which allow them to deploy anywhere via deep strike, although more often they are deployed using Land Raiders. Terminator Squads consist of a Terminator Sergeant and between 4 and 9 Terminators.

Terminators are truly amongst the greatest heroes of Mankind, bold warriors in whom the indefatigable heroism of a Space Marine is combined with the terrible weaponry and indomitable mass of Tactical Dreadnought Armour. No foe is safe from a Terminator assault, not a horde of Orks or a Chaos Titan. Terminators are nearly invincible, unstoppable and they never yield.

We’ve seen a ton of super-soldiers in games already, but there’s something about the Terminator that makes me want to play as a super-soldier god. Beyond the knowledge that the game is using the Unreal Engine 4 to power the game, publisher Focus Home Interactive have kept a tight lid on the title. The game will however be on display at GDC next month, so hopefully I can finally get a glimpse at it and see it in action.

Last Updated: February 17, 2015

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