Grimdark Diary: Relic Talk Space Marine

Those feisty fellows at went and scooped a Space Marine diary from Relic, and – thanks to the internet’s smelly hippie ethos of sharing – you can see the first instalment below. There is grimdark, there are squigs, there are chainswords, there is compellingly ludicrous evisceration, there is epic futuristic gothic architecture, and – ultimately – I would say there is awesome. Go watch.

And then read Quintin’s impressions from playing the game.


  1. haircute says:

    Good golly I can not wait for this dang game. I want to shoot a heavy bolter at a crowd of Orks more than most anything else.

  2. subedii says:

    Sounds as if they might have the same voice actors in for this that did the voiceovers for the Orkz in the Dawn of War series.

    Which would be cool, those guys did an awesome job. Relic games in general really do have awesome voicework in them.

  3. Koozer says:

    I’m holding out for Warhammer 40,000: Mega Nob.

    • bleeters says:

      Warhammer 40,000: Warp Spider, please.

    • Namos says:

      I’m waiting for Warhammer 40K: Awesome Planetside Ripoff

    • The Pink Ninja says:

      Inquisitor please

      I’d say Rogue Trader but Eve has space trading locked down

    • Chesterfield says:

      Warhammer 40K: Imperial Guardsman

      “There’s a million Orks out there, we need you to kill them. All of them. Here’s your lasgun and a bayonet… Have fun!”

    • Kevin says:

      Surely we can all agree that a Harlequin Solitaire trumps all of these.

    • The Pink Ninja says:

      Yeah, but that’d just be an FPS : /

    • KFJ says:

      Actually, Harlequin Solitaire would be a rhythm game, with points given by how insane the audience is at the end.

    • Kevin says:


      And that wouldn’t make it any more awesome?

    • Kollega says:

      And what I want is Warhammer 40k: Lombax Commando. Now that’d be a welcome change of pace in contrast to all the grimdark.

    • ShaunCG says:

      Warhammer 40,000: You Guys Remember the Slann, Right?

    • MajorManiac says:

      Warhammer 40,000: Genestealer
      Warhammer 40,000: Lictor

  4. Hellraiserzlo says:

    Holy shit, squigs and grotz, shoe slots!!@#!

  5. PickyBugger says:

    Hopefully there will be plenty of character customisation. If you can’t get terminator armour and power claws I won’t bother playing it.

    • zergrush says:

      A simple paintjob would be enough for me. Turning the dude into a Salamander or Space Wolf would automatically make the game more awesome.

      Ultramarines are easily the most boring chapter.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      “Blah blah Ultramarines are boring blah blah”

      How many Ultramarines have you met in your pathetic life to spread such fooled babble ?

      I’m sure Titus will be certainly more interesting than you, Peggle boy.

    • zergrush says:

      You have to admit that “Warhammer 40K: fat nerd being slaughtered by choppas” has a certain ring to it.

    • Zakski says:

      @Picky Hope is the first step on the road to Disappointment

    • Ultra Superior says:


      :-D Now I see!!! Thanks. Well, at least it would make a marvelous intro!

    • PickyBugger says:


      By hope I meant: Wouldn’t it be nice if this Gears of War clone that I have no real intentions of playing had some cool customisation options.

  6. JeremiahBritt says:

    Spacemarine in the image looks like Earthworm Jim.

  7. Benny says:

    They missed out the bit about Space Marines being crazy religious fanatics who are commanded by the word of a half dead man, who’s mind is only kept alive by the death of thousands of psykers a day.

    • Hallgrim says:

      The Human race survives only through the will of the Emporer, Heretic!

    • Ignorant Texan says:

      A moment of doubt leads to a life-time of…HERESY! Burn the Heretic! For the Emperor!!

    • Maykael says:

      Speak ill of the God Emperor of Mankind and you shall perish, HERETIC! There is no such thing as innocence, only degrees of guilt!

    • Tei says:

      I don’t think he is a god, but he has the power of a god, and withouth it, the chaos wil use the webgates to invade *everything*.

    • GoldenPants says:

      An open mind is like an unbarred fortress gate Tei.

    • drewski says:

      It’s a bit of a double edged sword though, because the Emperor staying alive is what’s causing the Tyranids to be drawn to human worlds – they feel his psychic energy just as human spacecraft do when navigating the warp.

      So fall to Chaos, or the swarm. Tough choice.

  8. ZIGS says:

    This reminds me of a Russian game called Collapse (which I’m still waiting to get an English release!!)

  9. jthmmdom says:

    I believe you misspelled installment.

    Oh wait, I am American.

    • Zakski says:

      HERETIC! we shall suffer not the unclean around these parts.
      First order of business: build a moat around the internets to keep this american filthy rabble out

    • FalseMyrmidon says:

      Considering most of the internet infrastructure is in America I think it would be the other way around.

    • Quine says:

      “Britain Surrounds Itself WIth Enormous Firewall
      Rest Of World Cut Off!”

    • Zakski says:

      But you see FalseMyridon, I have not revealed the cunning step 0 that conveniently removes all net infrastructure in the states, via a Nuclear-Generated Electro-Magnetic Pulse in the upper atmosphere.

      Damn caught monologuing again, exit stage left after a twirl of my moustache.

  10. pakoito says:

    Not enough brown.

  11. razgon says:

    I see they got the same guy who made enemies explode in clouds of blood, as in Dragon Age2?
    Game looks awesome, but I fail to understand why enemies really have to vanish in a burst of blood like that. I guess its easer since it leaves no corpses behind to draw on processing power.
    Anyways – here’s hoping you can do a lot of stuff with your space marine, as in selecting load-out and such. As for coloring, I doubt it, unless there’s an MP function of some sort?

    • Fillem says:


    • iniudan says:

      But in W40k it kind of make more sense, cause about every weapons used by the space marine should actually be quite gory.

      After all bolter shot explosive round (imagine firing an M79 grenade launcher that explode once it penetrate target instead of impact, actually just go watch Terminator 2 and see what it does to the T-1000 =p). Most melee weapon they use tend to have chainsaw slapped on it, if they are not power weapon. Power fist have enough power behind them to dead stop a charging tank, imagine the impact on something more frail like an organic body.

  12. Eschatos says:

    I’m so happy that grimdark is an actual word.

  13. Down Rodeo says:

    Ok, yes, you have a “story” with twists and turns and such, I think the important thing here is turning the enemies of mankind into chunky salsa. That looked like ridiculous fun.

    • Xocrates says:

      I wonder if they consider “Space Marine companion turns to Chaos” a twist, because honestly by this point I don’t think that still counts.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      What about – you serve the chaos! You’ve leveled up too much brother!

      Your unrestrained obsession with experience points have been noticed by the inquisition, your newly acquired skills and abilities have been deemed heretical and tainted.

      You are considered to be infused with daemonic powers of the warp and in fact you are!


      And, in order to SAVE and LOAD you’d have to kneel to the Tzeench, the changer of ways.

  14. cncplyr says:

    Wow, now that looks good!
    Time to kill some orks!

  15. Navagon says:

    Looking good. Oh yes. Relic have really turned this around from how it started out.

  16. frenz0rz says:

    He’s like Nicholas Cage with a MASSIVE BEARD!

  17. Optimaximal says:

    2:21 – Space Marine kicks Ork, Ork explodes!

    Seriously, I hope that’s just place-holder (or they’ve managed to get GW to let them invent the Power Boot).

    • Maykael says:

      What would you expect to happen when one of the Emperor’s own Space Marines kicks a savage creature like a green-skin? Keep in mind this is the Ultramarines! It better not be a place holder, His name be praised!

    • Kevin says:

      There are Power Boots in 40K. It’s for, and I quote: “Kicking those fucks in the balls.”

      Just check the Angry Marines Codex, right underneath Power Folding Chair, Power Wrench (also known as the “Ass Tuner”), and Power Baseball Bat.

    • Tacroy says:

      I think it was a placeholder – at another point he swipes at a gretchin with his sword, and it just goes poof too.

      However, at other times he kicks and sword-whacks dudes in the face and they don’t go poof. It’s probably just video from various different points in development.

  18. Daz says:

    The melee combat kinda reminds of Darksiders, no bad thing!

    In fact, the whole thing looks very darksiders like. Though I imagine they won’t feature as many puzzles.

    Colour me interested

    • Memphis-Ahn says:

      Same engine, actually!

    • wcaypahwat says:

      Pretty sure the main art fellow from Darksiders was doing this one… or the online one. maybe both?

  19. fallingmagpie says:

    How is the Campaign Lead a fourteen year old boy?


  20. Sepulchrave76 says:

    Looks pretty great, although when he’s swinging his chainsaw sword thingy around, it seemed to be slowed down deliberately, as if he’s trying to carve a path out of some rice pudding.

    Off topic, but can any of you fine folk recommend me a decent Warhammer 40K book? Something that stands alone would be preferable, to begin with.

    • TeraTelnet says:

      You could try the Eisenhorn Omnibus by Dan Abnett. It is very good stuff. For a standalone Speehs Mareeen megabiff then I would suggest Storm of Iron by Graham McNeill, which is focussed on the Chaotic Legion called the Iron Warriors, or possibly Brothers of the Snake by Dan Abnett (again).

      Oh, and then buy Ciaphas Cain: HERO OF THE IMPERIUM.

    • BSG11 says:

      Titanicus by Dan Abnett if you want to read about Titans.
      Double Eage by Dan Abnett if you want to read about Imperial fighter pilots.
      Gun Heads by Steve Parker for the armoured units of the Imperial Guard.

      Note that 40k novels are not exactly consistent as far as the ratio of story:grimdark. There are authors who excel at expressing the grimdark atmosphere of 40k but has somewhat less engaging stories, there are authors who write engaging stories but dilutes the grimdark to dimdank, and there are authors who can (most of the time) balance both.

    • SlayerCake says:

      I’d recommend the Gaunt’s Ghosts series by Dan “Another fucking one?!” Abnett, it’s a really good story if you like Imperial Guard (and I believe it actually influenced how IG are portrayed in the fluff) although does suffer (or not) from a slightly less GRIMDARK’ness.

    • DeepSleeper says:

      Basically just start reading Dan Abnett books and don’t stop.

    • kit89 says:

      Ravenor’s Omnibus is exceptionally good.

      Eisenhorn can be a bit dry, the whole first -person narrative can be restrictive. Though it is very good if you want to gain a good grasp of the workings of the Imperium.

      Gaunts Ghosts : The Founding, is the first Omnibus of the Tanith First and Only. A very good read.

      Caphias Cian : Hero Of The Imperium, good book.

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Ciaphas Cain, very good, fun but a bit repetitive / Dan Abnett – Gaunts Ghost etc. brilliant reading.

      I’d recommend EISENHORN, then RAVENOR for all your inquisitorial needs.

      After that reading, you will PRAY next KOTOR/mass effect type of cosmic RPG epic is W40K

      They MUST do that.

    • Snidesworth says:

      The Enforcer Omnibus by Matthew Farrer is excellent, as is pretty much anything Aaron Dembski-Bowden has written. The man went from newcomer to core author in about a year thanks to the quality of his work. Soul Hunter is a particularly good read, though Helsreach is a good book for conveying the overall tone of the setting and how inhuman space marines are.

    • zergrush says:

      “After that reading, you will PRAY next KOTOR/mass effect type of cosmic RPG epic is W40K”

      A good Dark Heresy or Rogue Trader Mass Effect-style RPG would make the world explode from sheer awesomeness.

    • TsunamiWombat says:

      Indeed sir these are my thoughts as well. I would love a game where I play as a newly ascendent inquisitor, with my entourage. It’s the perfect way to examine the many facets of the Imperial forces, and how they don’t always necessarily get along.. You could have an Imperial Guardsman, an Arbites, a Sister of Battle, a sanctioned pysker, a death cultist, and a space marine. Racing to stop an evil plot, perhaps opposed by other members of the inquisition.

  21. Quine says:

    Man there had better be some hot titan on titan action in this.

    Shame it probably won’t be the utterly bonkers Ork ones from Adeptus TItanicus, though.

  22. Chief Grizzly says:

    Holy smokes batman, is that Mark Strong doing the voice of the main character at 2:08?! If so, this feature has completely disproportionately increased my interest in this game.

  23. Sepulchrave76 says:

    I’ll give Eisenhorn a go, as a great many people are saying very good things about it. Cheers TeraTelnet

    • Ultra Superior says:

      start chronologically but the second book is the peak imho. The very best of W40K.

      Unfortunately it has a very rushed ending…. Not even GW should ever page-limit Dan Abnett

    • TeraTelnet says:

      You’re very welcome!

  24. BSG11 says:

    Shamans don’t have magical powers. There is no magic, only the foul, corrupting taint of the warp.

    If this is taking place on a Forge World, where the hell are the Skitarii? Leave it to Mechanicus to cry about Imperial meddling except when they need their metal keesters saved.

    • mcnostril says:

      Gone over to Chaos.

      Hell, there’ll probably some form of Chaos titan in there. Now that would be a fitting end-game boss.

    • Tei says:

      What about the waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaagh?

    • Ultra Superior says:

      Well… that is not exactly correct. There are psychic powers, which is basically magic – physically manifested will (inquistors use this a lot). However, that does not mean you are tainted by the warp….or using warp magic. There are many kinds of supernatural powers in 40K. Mirror psykers,
      astropaths, illuminati etc.)

      In case of the orks, they rarely posses any noticeable psychic powers, nor would they be able to pull off warp sorcery (which is more like educated/ritualized dealing with hell, god favours, daemons…)

      but they are so strong in numbers, their subconscious psychic power does manifest.
      For example if orks as a race believe in something, it happens. They believe that if you paint the car RED it runs faster and if the rocket is yellow, it makes bigger boom. And it works.

      Thats how they’re able to wage waaaagh in 40K with primitive technology (and sheer numbers).
      Weirdboyz are crazed maniacs with uncontrolled, violent and raw psychic powers.

  25. Mr_Initials says:

    i like how FOR THE EMPEROR is a good enough response to justify most anything

  26. IncredibleBulk92 says:

    As much as I love Warhammer 40k and the Dawn of War series I wish Relic would just make a new Homeworld game. They were getting so good and they just stopped making them. Heartbreaking.

    • Xocrates says:

      Well, they only got the rights to do more of them fairly recently, and there have been rumours that they’ve been working on a new one for some time now, so *fingers crossed*

  27. Uglycat says:

    Gears of 40k?

    • Bluebreaker says:

      I was thinking the same while watching the vid.

    • Spacewalk says:

      Gears of WAAAAAGH!

    • mcnostril says:

      Can’t be gears without a cover system, and “cover is for pussies.”

    • chargen says:

      Looks to have significantly less crying that Gears of War.

      Also his “pistol” is a rocket launcher and when he kicks people they explode, so I don’t think he needs to hide behind things very much. Actually, they should have a “reverse cover” system, for everyone else in the game. PRESS A TO DESTROY THE ENEMY’S COVER.

  28. Bilbo says:

    Best moment for me was at about 2:12.

    Main character: british accent


    • Stephen Roberts says:

      I think all the space marines are getting british accents. I remember reading somewhere that relic decided it was suitably foreign and hyperbolic for the Grim Dark Future of Man.

    • Berzee says:

      Yep, I just re-read the old article by Quinns and he said that they thought American voices would make everyone think “cowboy”. (like SC2 ya know)

  29. sidhellfire says:

    Not interested. But I put big hopes for W40k MMO. Anyone has details?
    Would love to see that as an Action MMO (like, hmm Vindictus?), rather than click&watch games.

  30. zergrush says:

    I think it’s worth mentioning that Blood Bowl is on a weekend sale on Steam for a measly ten dollars.

    There were some chaps looking for a good deal earlier on another newspost.

  31. Berzee says:

    Jason Statham!

    • Davie says:

      I’m pretty sure if there is ever a big-budget live action 40k movie, Jason Statham will play every Imperial character. Maybe get Ron Perlman and Liam Neeson to play slightly more grizzled types, and Chris Evans to play some random guardsmen, because only their jawlines are big enough.

  32. Valvarexart says:

    Finally people who understand! I don’t want to take cover! I don’t want to think about tactics! What I want to do is shoot at orks until they explode! I don’t want unicorns and pink skies, I want gothic and grimdark!

  33. Dodoman says:

    In the slow-mo scene there was something wrong with the Captains face.

  34. Zombat says:

    Oh good they changed the bolter sound to something meatier

  35. Bluepixie says:

    Game has crates, must be good.

  36. chiroben says:

    These boys sound very nice, but they’re clearly nerds.