It’s Only War: Space Marine Cinematic

I'm guessing it's his party.
Following our hands-on with Space Marine yesterday, I now spy a cinematic trailer, which I’ve posted below. It is unlikely to surprise you, since it shows the usual spread of orks and chaos minions getting slaughtered by space marines wielding chainswords and English accents. I do like the look of the Warboss and the Chaos chief executive, though.

The game is out September 6th.


  1. coldvvvave says:

    I miss commissar Holt.

  2. MonkeyMonster says:

    weird, I’m loving the pic above more than the vid…

    still though *so excited*

  3. Kollega says:

    I’ve said that yesterday, and i’m going to say it again: I am not waiting for this game, odd as this may seem to some of you. The whole “unrelenting grim darkness where Catholic space Nazis are one of the lesser evils” thing really puts me off Warhammer 40k stuff, this particular game included.

    I’ll just leave that here as a counterpoint to all the replies stating things like “I can’t wait for this game! FOR THE EMPRAH!”. Someone had to point out that not everyone is waiting for it.

    • Calneon says:

      TIL people have different opinions on things.

    • Tom De Roeck says:

      Dont care much for it either.

      That and the nazis were mostly catholic. What you meant to say is “fanatic religious zealot nazis”.

    • Longrat says:


    • Kollega says:

      @Calneon: I just felt that said different opinion needed to be voiced, is all. Usually it’s not voiced ’round these parts.

      @Tom De Roeck: The Nazis’ opinions were a bit split in regards to religion as far as i know, but i don’t think it matters in this case. I just thought that “Catholic space Nazis” sounds catchy. That, and the Imperium uses some rather overt imagery that’s more or less specific to the Catholic Church (like cathedrals, pipe organs, and faux-Latin chanting).

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Odd. That exact thing is what I find appealing about WH40K. There are no good guys. And the path of the least resistance when the universe is too damn complex to be sorted out in ‘good’ and ‘evil’ brackets is religious fanaticism.

      Also, the idea of the Warp as means of transportation AND and inhabitable parallel hell dimension AND a tangible source of power is awesome. A lot of Games Workshop world building is lazy, but the Warp is pure gold.

    • Tei says:

      I have read a lot of RPG rulebooks (these books with tables of damage and mobs descriptions) but I have played only a few RPG tabletop games.
      The world of WAR40K is very interesting, very dark and very over the top. Is a very strong effort to go as far as humanly possible in these directions. Is all the time a mix of a horror movie and a war game, but not 50% + 50 % horror/war, but 210% + 210% horror/war.
      What WAR40K probably don’t really describe, is the “fog of war”. We have wargames with “fog of war” since ..forever, but very few people understand what “fog of war” is. Fog of war means your vision is limited to the inmediate area, and everything else is chaos. In the very small area you can look, you are fighting for survival. Chaos reigns.

    • JB says:

      Thanks for posting this again Kollega, I’m pretty confident none of us think that absolutely everyone in the world loves 40k to bits though. You know, the same as any other game/IP.

    • taldira says:


      Ehem. Epic trailer is epic.

    • Kollega says:

      @Dawngreeter: You seem to be mistaken. 40k isn’t really “too damn complex to be sorted out in ‘good’ and ‘evil’ brackets” – it’s too GRIMDARK to function in unless you manage to delude yourself into thinking that your side is the good one. Those two are slightly different. Now the original Deus Ex and similar works, those would i call too complex to be sorted into “good” and “evil”.

      @JB: And to me it seems that it is the prevailing opinion, if you narrow down “everyone in the world” to “every sci-fi geek in the world”. I may just be overly critical of the 40k fandom, but it seems that way to me, with my brother and many encounters on the Internet colouring my perception of it very negatively.

    • rivalin says:


      Fine, you can watch this link to while everyone else enjoys stabbing some filthy xenos scum in the face with a sword bigger than you are.

    • misterk says:

      Thank god you posted this. Until you had, I actually thought everyone in the world was going to buy it, and had invested all my money into a large bet saying something along the lines. You’ve saved me, just in time. Thank you. I… think I love you.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      @ Kolega
      I’m not sure what the issue of grimdark might be. You are opposed to the style? What does style have to do with content? That’s like saying The Shining is more of a horror than Hellrazer because Hellrazer is grimdark.

      Also, Hellrazer is awesome.

    • Kollega says:

      @rivalin: What are you trying to imply? That it makes someone more manly if he likes WH40k than if he dosen’t? I don’t think it works that way. I don’t think it works that way at all.

      @misterk: My pleasure ;-)

      @Dawngreeter: My issue with grimdark is that it’s just really bloody depressing if presented with a straight face. I get sad enough due to the flaws of real world, it just seems a tad bit excessive to immerse myself in a world composed entirely of flaws. So i get a bit ticked off when 40k gets praised for the things that – in my opinion – do not deserve any praise.

    • Snidesworth says:

      The appeal of 40k has always been that it isn’t the bright, happy future where mankind works alongside his alien friends, punches the evil overlord in the face and saves the day. It’s a grim, bloody place where humanity functions under an ideology that advocates unquestioning obedience, endless toil and worship and places no inherent value on the human life. It’s then set up against a collection of opposing factions who range from utter monsters of to militant expansionist empires with a strong case of the blue man’s burden. Who are all competing and warring with each other.

      With regards to the horrible nature of the Imperium; religious zealotry, fascism and generally acting like a total dickbag is quite fun when it’s all make believe. It’s when it crosses over into reality that it becomes a problem. Much like the vast amounts of killing that’s done in many video games. There’s a distinction between fantasy and reality.

    • Hanban says:


      While it is grimdark, I have a hard time accepting that it does so with a completely straight face. We do have a horde of green angry muscle aliens whose simple urge to scrap is so absurd it’s hard to view them as evil.

      Personally, I quite like that there is so little clear cut good in the universe. To me I think it reflects the real world well enough, while still giving room for stories where you can read about good. Even in a grimdark world there is room for good deeds and good people.

      I quite look forward to the game at any rate!

      P.S. given your amount of posts on these W40K, don’t you think that one could say you have a Dark Crusade of your own? Hurr hurr

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Ah. Well. In that case I’d recommend reading Albert Camus.

    • TillEulenspiegel says:

      WH40K does nothing for me as a setting. There are no stories I want to explore in that universe. I love gritty. I love spaceships and lasers. But not WH40K.

      You couldn’t set Firefly in WH40K, y’know? It wouldn’t work.

    • Valvarexart says:

      Never wanted to play as a nazi german general with one of his cool outfits in a WW2 game? Well, I have. That doesn’t mean I support their ideals. I want to play as a Space Marine and mow down everything in my path while exclaiming “FOR THE EMPRAH!”. That doesn’t mean I necessarily support this emprah guys ideals in real life. Hes just pretty cool guy that kills aleins and doesnt afraid of anything.

    • Kollega says:

      @Snidesworth: Well, those very qualities are most certainly NOT appealing for me. Our world, even while it’s better than ever, can still be a very unpleasant place. Therefore, one of my greatest hopes is that the future will see the further improvement. To paraphrase Gene Roddenberry, “i hope that in the 24th century, there will be peace amongst humanity, no-one will go hungry, and all children will know how to read.” It may be overly idealistic, but it seems like a goal worth striving for instead of just accepting Catholic space Nazism or something similar as “inevitability” (which just strikes me as a lazy approach).

      And to be perfectly honest, i can see how yelling “MY FACE IS MY SHIELD!!!”, “FOR THE EMPRAH!!!”, and other such things can be entertaining… but i can tie it into my complaint about 40k taking itself too seriously, because when those things are exagerrated beyond absurdity, they become so much funnier.

      @Hanban: But as i can see, at this point the Orks are the ONLY comedic relief in the setting. I heard it was a lot more parodic around the times of the second edition, but noooooooo, that wasn’t macho enough!

      In regards to reflecting the real world: see my comment about Deus Ex above. 40k is so overfilled with exagerrated, almost cartoonish evil that it simply DOES NOT reflect the real world in which good does exists (although not as much of it as we’d like).

      As for me being on a Dark Crusade of my own… i’d say that it can indeed be called a Crusade, but not Dark. How about… Gold Crusade? Or maybe Sky-Blue? I like Sky-Blue.

      @Valvarexart: Yes, i do see the appeal of the impossibly cool weapons, vehicles, and clothes that the Imperium has to offer. But as you may know, games these days come with stories, and when these stories ask me to empathize with the genocidal religious zealots, that just seems like too much to swallow.

      I wish there was “40k-Lite”, where i could get said cool clothes, weapons, and vehicles, but with morality dialed back to Light Gray vs. Dark Gray, as opposed to Very Dark Gray vs. Pitch-Black.

    • Snidesworth says:

      It isn’t your cup of tea. That’s perfectly okay, everyone likes different things. You can even express your disinterest in it. It’s not really necessary to go on a crusade to prove that not everyone likes something, though. Not everyone likes Crusader Kings, for example, but you don’t see people posting stuff about how medieval dynasty simulators are utterly awful in the comments sections of those stories.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      Medieval dynasty simulators suck.

      (I’m sorry, I just had to)

    • Ralphomon says:

      If I might make an observation…

      I actually find the idea of the Space Marines in particular as being violent omniphobes kinda compelling, when viewed in the context of what the Emperor actually had in mind for the Imperium. His plan was for a galaxy-spanning human golden age where superstitions of the Age of Strife were undone and humanity built its foundations on rational thought and technological advancement. The fact that he all-but-died and no one thought it would be best to continue his doctrine of ‘Imperial Truth’ rather than the worship of him as a god (the ‘Imperial Cult’) is where humanity took its great step back and turned into the xenophobic, religious/bureaucratic monolith it is in the games. The irony is that the Space Marines, as the Emperor’s chosen sons, were originally the most vehement opponents of the Imperial Cult during the Great Crusade, recognising him as their fundamentally human father.


    • Bilbo says:

      Kollega, you seem to do this every time this game, or 40k, is mentioned.

      Aren’t there some things you do like that you could comment on?

      It’s not like every time there’s a post about football manager or something I log on to say “I’m not waiting for this, it’s just spreadsheets, and the whole paying chavs millions of pounds to play a game thing really puts me off the sport”

      tl,dr: internet commenter in “the thing you all like sucks and i simply must say it for the record again” shocker

    • Kollega says:

      @Snidesworth and Bilbo: As i’ve explained waaaaaaaay back at the top, i just feel that the opinion of “i don’t like WH40k” is woefully underrepresented here and in general. It’s like presuming that all people like bacon: many do, but some don’t eat it because it’s against their religion or philosophy. Yet it is presumed by some that everyone likes bacon unless stated otherwise. That’s why i post those comments: i want to “state otherwise”, to show that there are in fact people who don’t like 40k as much as the others, or don’t like it at all. Otherwise it’s nothing but praise, which obviously does not show the real state of affairs.

      @Ralphomon: The idea of such cruel irony may seem compelling (to me it seems just like a standard case of cruel irony, but i’m not really invested into this setting, as you may understand) – but the Emprah’s ideals being good (if xenophobic) still does nothing about the fact that the Space Marines as we know them are, in the majority of cases, huge dicks.

    • Bilbo says:

      Yeah, it’s almost like slavishly commenting on every article about an IP with how much you hate it is inherently pathological behaviour and that you should probably seek therapy.

      Seriously, not everyone loves it, it’s just that people are a lot more motivated to voice their approval of something and network with like-minded individuals than they are to bitch about how rubbish something is to try and make themselves look smarter and more refined than the crowd. Unless they’ve got big character problems.

    • Kollega says:

      Oh, i do socialize with people who like the same things as me. More than you can imagine. But i feel the need to bitch about 40k nontheless, because when considering it’s tone, the devotion of it’s fandom starts to look a bit distressing to me. I’m not trying to make myself smarter than the crowd, i’m just stating my opinion about it. “Don’t like, don’t read” is not a valid argument: if i don’t like something, i have the right to say so, especially when i’m being (relatively) civil about it.

      And yes, being so vocal in regards to that particular franchise and my distaste towards it probably isn’t healthy, but what can one do? I have much more serious mental problems than obsessively restating “I don’t like 40k and the additude of it’s certain fans” anyway.

    • Snidesworth says:

      The world is not at threat of people believing that 40k is universally loved, nor does everyone assume that bacon is either. You’re just being rather silly now. Especially if you go onto cooking blogs and remind everyone that some people hate bacon and that you intend to be their voice.

    • Bilbo says:

      Yep, anyone who says with a straight face “I socialise more than you can imagine” probably does have pretty profound mental problems. Unless you’re using some kind of super-high-speed pan-dimensional telepathy to share your 40k hate with the basement dwellers of the self-harming nebula. Oh wait, I imagined that, so it was still a nonsense statement.

      As long as we agree that you’re mad that’s cool in the gang

    • Kollega says:

      @Snidesworth: The world isn’t… but RPS is! OH NOES!

      In seriousness though, that did go a little overboard recently. But i do feel the need to state that i don’t like GRIMDARK, because on RPS i only see people praising it, and no-one saying they don’t like it (except for me, obviously). The reason may be silly, but the point still seems valid to me.

      @Bilbo: So now it has switched from back-and-forth in the vein of…
      -“well i don’t like GRIMDARK, it’s too depressing!”
      -“but it’s so cool!” OR “but it’s so deep!” OR “but it dosen’t really matter if the game is good, right?”
      …and to you saying that if i dare say i don’t like Warhammer and then stand my ground in the ensuing argument, then i must have mental issues. I don’t like that you’re implying this, even if the last statement really didn’t make much sense (what i meant to say is “I like, for example, Ratchet & Clank, and i do talk about that A LOT with my friends”).

    • DainIronfoot says:

      But i do feel the need to state that i don’t like GRIMDARK, because on RPS i only see people praising it, and no-one saying they don’t like it (except for me, obviously). The reason may be silly, but the point still seems valid to me.

      And you said it. Well done. You said it so many times that your stating how much you dislike grimdark is now taking up most of the discussion page.
      So now go away and let those who would actually like to discuss the thing in peace without you flooding them off the page?

    • Bilbo says:

      a) You embraced the whole “I have mental problems” thing a second ago, now you’re getting upset about it? But then that’s okay, because as you said yourself, you have mental problems

      b) I never entered into the “I don’t like grimdark” “but it’s so cool!” crap, because like most adults I understand different people like different things – what I don’t understand is why anyone would waste their time blathering on about how much they don’t like something – your life must be dark and cold :( And no, your “If i didn’t say anything everyone would assume everyone on the planet loves 40k! Think of that!” argument isn’t worth the seconds it took you to pull out of your rear end

    • Kollega says:

      @DainIronfoot: Good question. Considering that i’ve spend a lot of time on it and haven’t succeeded in anything but wasting a lot of time and Internet-paper anyway, yes i probably should. I doubted if posting these kinds of comments is worth it… should’ve known that it wasn’t. I’ll be wiser next time and just ignore the news related to Warhammer games.

      On reflection, i do have a few good points as to why i don’t like it, but it seems that i don’t have the right to state them in the comment thread. It would probably be more welcome in the forum… as “welcome” as this kind of claim can be, anyway.

      @Bilbo: Mainly i just didn’t like how your tone has gotten more hostile in your third comment. And now in your fourth.

    • DK says:

      Yeah I’ll let you in on a little secret: The unrelenting grim darkness bit? That’s just a surface cover to draw in the crowd that likes unrelenting grim darkness. The real core of 40k is silly wacky crazyness. It’s being so serious and over the top that it can’t help but make you laugh. It’s “what if GRIM SHOUTSALOT wasn’t a joke but a name of an actual character?” and “what if we played that shit STRAIGHT?”.

    • Valvarexart says:

      What DK said. It’s really a parody in many ways. It’s not meant to be something that you have philosophical discussions about. It’s not like Games Workshop is trying to force “Space Marine Ideals” on you. It’s really more about having fun, enjoying the cool stuff and having a laugh at the stuff that is over-the-top.

    • Bilbo says:

      Yeah, I’m being hostile, because you’re playing games. Putting words in my mouth and the like. That’s what happens. Get used to it, if you’re going to pursue your policy further

    • Owain_Glyndwr says:

      Yay for voicing the unpopular opinion! I kinda agree with you about the GrimDark of Warhammer. Some people enjoy it, fair enough, but others may feel uncomfortable with the setting. Relentless nihilism and brutal violence tends, shockingly enough, to put some people off. I play 40K games sometimes, but I’m always acutely aware that I’m playing a universe where God is conspiciously absent, and all is chaos and despair, and the only other options are chaos, superstition or despair. Again.
      Funnily enough, I am a Catholic, so seeing the Terran Empire as being basically the Latin Church with no Christ or developed beliefs is sort of fun. For a short while, anyhow.

    • Dawngreeter says:

      “a universe where God is conspiciously absent”

      Not a fan of reality, then?

    • Kollega says:

      @DK and Valvarexart: I do enjoy the parodic take on it, very much in fact. It’s just that the videogames based on it are… lacking in this department, should we say.

      @Bilbo: I have not intended to put anything anywhere. If you mean switching from “yes i have mental problems” to “i’m a bit offended by your implication”, it was because you’ve implied that before i admitted it’s true (therefore, with little evidence). But i am pretty sure that explanation will not make you less hostile towards me.

    • Bilbo says:

      “and to you saying that if i dare say i don’t like Warhammer and then stand my ground in the ensuing argument, then i must have mental issues.”

      I said nothing of the sort, you insufferable tool

    • Hanban says:

      “Not a fan of reality, then?”


    • Kollega says:

      You have said that feverishly commenting on news related to WH40k to say how i don’t like it is “inherently pathological behaviour”. It may be true, and it may not be exact words, but it still impies that people who don’t like it and are vocal in their dislike have mental issues. Or at least it seems this way to me.

      And if I am insufferable tool now… well, then you are probably more sensitive to annoyance than the typical Internet user usually is. I may be a bit self-righteous here, and my arguments (when debating my right to voice my dislike and my personal merits, mainly) may be flawed, but at least i’m not insulting anyone and probably won’t be.

    • Bilbo says:

      You’re doing it again – I didn’t stipulate that it’s your hate being directed at 40k that matters – please stop, you’re embarassing yourself

    • Valvarexart says:

      Hey, hey now, let’s not start insulting each other, shall we? One person has one opinion, the other person has another opinion. Why don’t you shake hands about that? Meanwhile I will be playing some good videogames and possibly having a tabletop game of WH40K. And I won’t be considering the various moral views and intricacies, I will just be enjoying myself.

    • Chris D says:


      Did you see Wizardry’s one man crusade against non-turn-based RPG’s and think “That guy really knows how to win friends and influence people. I must try that too!”

      Turn from the dark path, before it is too late.

    • Gnoupi says:

      I think Kollega is bored at work currently. Or a student in vacation.
      Anyway, just feels like someone with WAY too much free time to comment that much on something he doesn’t like and even despises.

      It’s just a gaming blog. There are no opposite stands to occupy. You don’t need to “show the world that some people don’t like W40k”, in the comments.

      Now go change the world or something useful or at least something actually pleasant for you, and I’ll go back to my obviously passionating work!

    • Kollega says:

      @Valvarexart: That is a very good idea (what you suggest us to do, anyway). I’ve completely lost track of what has been back-and-forth’d anyway. I’ll just leave now, but i don’t think i’ll be shaking hands with him.

      @Chris D: No, i did not, so i wouldn’t know. And i haven’t yet intended to win anything in the community part of RPS, i just come here for the news articles. This does sound like a solid advice though… never gonna try something like this again. Too much time wasted for nothing.

    • GT3000 says:

      My curiousity is this, Kollega. You don’t like it. Understandable, but I think you’re taking the lore too seriously. Warhammer 40k is hardly poe-faced about it’s lore. The absurdity is present in every interaction. It’s so pulpy, I nearly choke. 12 foot tall men who are closer to hairless apes with 16 different organs and wearing 2000 year old armor whilst attempting to being altar boys who’s prayers are written on rocket-powered metal rods fired out industrial sized nail-guns? Not to mention their number nemesis is their evil twins who’s only difference is spikes and tentacles? Nevermind space elves, Russian inspired cannon fodder, evil space elves who are purple and like decadence, a race of cockney accented green fungus who can barely cobble together a working spacecraft, a race of organic goo who so clearly ripped off Aliens it hurt, only to be followed by a race of space mummies who are made of metal and look like they’re pertually constipated, and finally a race of goody-too shoes who’s brash and young with striking resemblance to tuna fish.

      Yeah, that’s poe-faced alright.

    • Bilbo says:

      Yes, don’t shake my non-proffered hand. You’ve trolled us, put words in my mouth, flip-flopped, gotten upset about my tone (apparently we’re being judged seperately) and now, as a final act of awesome, you’re ignoring my final comment and going for some insane high-ground by denying me a metaphorical handshake that was offered by a banal third party.

      *golf clap*

      Off you go into the sunset, and yea may that we all one day may sully the vaunted high path that you tread with our own twisted dirty feet, unworthy as we are

    • DrGonzo says:

      40k is not meant to be looked upon with a straight face. That’s one of the reasons I dislike the stories and acting in the games. When written down, it’s all very camp and clearly meant to be humourous (at least that’s how I read it) It’s so incredibly straight it comes back round again to being funny, much like Leslie Neilsons delivery. The games take themselves too seriously.

      I also have another problem with the games, you don’t play Nazis in them. You are always battling evil and stuff, I would much rather they present you as the arseholes you really are and not heroes.

    • Lemming says:

      I have to say I find it odd that the reason you don’t like it is probably the very thing that sets this universe apart from rather generic space marine/sci-fi concepts.

    • Sassenach says:

      And the award for longest thread by number of replies goes to…

    • Zepposlav says:

      You don’t like WH40K space marines… You must be black guy.

    • jalf says:

      I always thought pineapple on pizzas was sadly overrated. Just saying, because someone has to point it out. It’s important that every opinion is heard.

      I’ll probably say it again tomorrow, just to underline it.

      I can totally understand why not everyone might find the 40k universe interesting.
      What I can’t understand is the need to, completely out of context, for no particular reason, go “oh, by the way, I don’t really like 40k. Just so you know there are people in the world who don’t like it”.

      But anyway, pineapple on pizza. It just degrades both the pizza and the pineapple. Eat them separately.

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      Gnarl says:

      I hate 40K, and almost everything Games Workshop have made with burning fiery passion. Now, I wouldn’t post about that because, well, what would be the point?
      However, seeing someone else hate it as much as I do made me smile. Thank you.

    • Arglebargle says:

      40K? It always seemed like a bad joke taken far too seriously. Space orks? Space elves? Space dwarves? -Rolls eyes-

      Oh, and the tabletop rules always looked awful to me.

      Perhaps you all take it a bit more tongue-in-cheek on that side of the pond. Though I did personally find the grimness of a universe where the Darth Vader-esque evil emperor is the best option out there to be pretty amusing. At least the first time…..

    • Dave Mongoose says:

      @Arglebargle –

      They retconned out the space dwarves and don’t even acknowledge them in the source books anymore :(.

      Space needs dwarves…

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    • aerozol says:

      Shit, epicly long comment thread…

      But Kollega, you really missed the point of Space Marines imo. They are set up as ‘the good guys’ in a way that eventually, if you have half a brain, you’ll start thinking “wait… are they?”. That’s not something they throw down your throat, and can be interpreted however (eg in various codex’s as things are written from different points of view, it changes), but if you read enough material, you will start questioning. That’s how they’re written, not because you have an insight that others don’t.
      I’m not sure if people do take it ‘too seriously’- the table top game, sure, that shit is expensive and takes time and dedication. Maybe in England things are different…

      It’s not done as obviously as Judge Dredd comics (for instance) of course, it’s in there among the OTT. Speaking of which, Grimdark can get much too much, I agree. I recommend the Judge Dredd Audiobooks. GrimMidshadeGraySomethingMaybe is amazing.

    • NeuralNet says:

      May I interject?

      The 40K *video* games on the whole, are not GRIMDARK. There is hardly a mention of the religious fanaticism that has been covered in stories and novels countless times. Sure there is some faux Latin thrown in, but names such as Thaddeus and Avitus are just to make it more epic and entertaining – such names certainly suit the presence of an 8ft space marine far more than say Bob, or Geoffrey, for instance.

      Even most of the novels based on 40K take a step back from the religious fanaticism and phrases such as “FOR TEH EMPRAH” or “TEH EMPRAH PROTEKS” are nothing more than the equivalent of saying “bless you” when someone sneezes.

      Besides, GRIMDARK can be fun, think of it as a mix between Event Horizon and Equilibrium. =P

  4. The Army of None says:

    I thought the Mechanicum was War, being on Mars and all…

  5. JB says:

    Re: alt-text – And he’ll cry if he wants to?

  6. Handsome Dead says:

    i am war

  7. Davie says:

    I rather think that final catchphrase sounds more like a response than a one-liner all on its own. And not a particularly clever one at that. Something like, “Bzzbzz Orks yadda yadda Titan yadda Enemy hands talky noise plunge the entire sector into full-scale war!” Then, from the good captain: “War? War? My dear little Imperial Guardsman, I am an Ultramarine yadda yadda Emperor’s Finest yadda Angel of Death! I AM war.” Still doesn’t make any sense.

    Uh…right, the trailer. Well, it is doing a good job of maintaining my hype meter at a level that suggests I ought not to preorder, but will likely buy after reading some reviews. I really don’t see how it could be bad though.

  8. coldvvvave says:






    etc etc

  9. Orija says:

    The smug calm on the spacemarine’s face at 0:23 is the funniest thing I saw today.

  10. Tusque D'Ivoire says:

    I’m just excited to be able to be excited about a game without having to worry about a dodgy console port, weird or even crippling drm. And i feel like this is the case with space marine. or did i miss anything?

    does this have GFWL? Do we like the publisher?

    • Kollega says:

      The publisher is THQ. I don’t think they have done anything so objectionable as to deserve the masses’ ire. Some people may not like them, but those are not nearly as numerous as people disliking EA, Microsoft, or Activision. As for whether it has GFWL… no clue.

    • JFS says:

      The graphics, however, do look a little console-ported. Then again, they’re not gameplay footage… does that make it better? o_O

    • skurmedel says:

      I think the graphics are the way they are because it seems to be running on some version of the Company of Heroes/Dawn of War-engine… it has the same kind of look when you zoom in really far in those games.

      I could be wrong, but they used their engine for the cut-scenes in CoH and it had the same kind of visual artifacts.

  11. Bishop99999999 says:

    I love me some 40K, but I’m getting a little bored with blasting the living hell out of Chaos and Orks. When the hell am I going to get a chance to flatten some Tau?

    Smug little space commie weeabo bastards…

    • Khemm says:

      Agree, if someone has no knowledge of the W40K universe, by sheer looking at games released he’ll come to the conclusion it’s all about Space Marines, Orks, Imperial Guard and Chaos. We’ve been seeing those in games over and over and over and OVER again, exceptions are rare. Me wants moar NECRONS!

    • TeraTelnet says:

      And where are the Zoats, damn it?

    • Jake says:

      I hear that Zoats and Fimir are making a comeback.

    • Lemming says:

      Fuck that, where are the SQUATS!

    • bleeters says:

      Devoured by and pooped out as chitinous alien monstrosities, I believe.

  12. ReV_VAdAUL says:

    “As Chief Executive Officers for Chaos Ventures Inc. I am pleased to announce that there has been a 4.2% increase in skulls for the skull throne this quarter. This leads us to upgrade our skulls for the skull throne forecast for the year to 5.1% growth given how we can reasonably expect an increase in skulls in the fourth quarter due to Christmas.”

    • Bilbo says:

      “The recent merger of Plundering and Pillaging divisions has been, as you all know, a brilliantly-conceived success, and the newly formed Plunderaging division is reporting efficiency savings of around 6.8%. This can largely be attributed to resource sharing and the power of grandfather Nurgle’s unending love for his children.”

    • Ralphomon says:

      If Abaddon’s next Black Crusade doesn’t show clear results, he’s going to find his department’s funding is despoiled

    • jonfitt says:

      Need I remind you that with the continuing growth of income in the lower hive and the burgeoning middle class, there is still a large untapped market for Slaanesh brand merchandise among the 18-130 bored housewife demographic.

    • Daiv says:

      Honestly, I think the skull market is tapped for this quarter. However, our ROI on blood is due to skyrocket due to our long-standing association with the blood god. Sadly, the stakeholders in Imperium, Inc. are still not receptive to our offers to submerge them in a lake of their own bodily fluids, but I have high hopes that our Daemonic Possession outreach program will continue to bring awareness of our brands to the public.

    • GT3000 says:

      Gentlemen, as we all know. Tyranid Industries has long been a thorn in our collective sides as we’ve seen huge portions of our demographics horrifically mutated into this biomass entity. With particular tendrils swathing through our typically dominant sectors of the market (I.E. Everyone) there’s a projected 2.2% decrease in global production of skulls for the skull throne and a 1.3% decrease in blood for blood god. We hope that unaffected sectors will compensate for this disaster but despite this setback we are remaining well within out projected 15% annual increase in production in both markets.

  13. Corrupt_Tiki says:

    I love 40k such a rich universe! But moar Eldar, and Imperial!

  14. Colthor says:

    Experimental device? Isn’t that a bit un-Imperium? I thought they were pretty suspicious of new-fangled tanks that were only re-discovered a few thousand years ago, had basically no idea how any of their tech worked, and didn’t invest into R&D at all.

    Oh gods I’ve just written a comment complaining that a Warhammer game isn’t historically accurate help me.

    • Snidesworth says:

      The Inquisition is involved, and they’re often involved in all sorts of illicit research projects. Given how the forces of Chaos pop up part way through I’m going to guess that it somehow involves warp-powered or warp-channelling technology. Which is extremely heretical, and most likely something any Inquisitor involved wouldn’t want his peers to find out about.

    • JB says:

      At this stage it’s too late for you Colthor. Sorry.

    • mejoff says:

      Ah, the Inquisition.

      When you say ‘experimental device’, you actually mean ‘box with a button marked”press me” that you dug up in an unidentified heretical temple a couple of months ago and you’ve been just itching for an excuse to find out what it does’, Don’t you.

  15. McDan says:

    “If I die make sure to keep the device out of enemy hands” Cue him obviously dying then.

    • Ralphomon says:

      Just once I’d like to see an ‘If I die…’ message not be needed.

    • MonkeyMonster says:

      It’s as good as wearing a red top in a star trek episode beaming down to an unknown planet

  16. Daiv says:

    For a second there I had the strange notion that I AM WAR was an anagram. Actually it isn’t an anagram of anything interesting.

    I was saddened.

    Then I used the Anagram Generator to turn Space Marine into “A MENACE RIPS”.

    I am happy now.

  17. Skeleton Key says:

    0:45 – “This day is getting interesting.” – I don’t like the dead/glass eye on this marine. A Space Marine would have a lovely bulky augmetic replacement.

    The bloodletters look cool though. BLOOD FOR THE BLOOD GOD, SKULLS FOR THE SKULL THRONE etc.

  18. Sidorovich says:

    Why couldn’t this be a single-player rpg where you start off as a scumbag in a Hive City, get recruited by a Space Marine chapter, work your way up the ranks, become an Inquisitor eventually foiling a Chaos-based plot to take over Mankind?
    Or at the very least let me play as a Ork bashing those stupid humie’s faces in.

    • mejoff says:

      Mostly because i don’t think the inquisition can recruit from the Marines, apart from that I like your thinking and wish it was more like what you describe (Ideally you’d have it so that your actions in the hive dictate what agency recruits you for the main plot.)

    • FunkyBadger3 says:

      That sounds like a KOTOR mod…

    • bleeters says:

      There’s the Grey Knights, part of a sub-division of the Inquisition, but they have their memories and identities wiped upon successful recruitment. ‘Successful’ meaning ‘they actually survive the the mind bending horrors they’re subjected to in order to determine their viability’.

      I don’t think they’re drawn from other Space Marine chapters, though.

    • TehMadness says:

      The Grey Knights are totally seperate from the Inquisition, although they are requisitioned by Inquisitors when the situation needs it. They’re not taken from the ranks of Inquistitors; rather, they’re recruited in much the same way as other Marines. One assumes that they have some sort of recruitment planet, much like Baal for the Blood Angels, or Fenris for the Space Wolves. However, Grey Knights aren’t meant to have the same connection that those aforementioned Chapters have with their homeworlds. In order to do the job they do they must love the Emperor totally and unconditionally.

      They’re certainly not the same as the Deathwatch, who recruit from other Space Marine Chapters.

      Hope that clears some of it up.

    • bleeters says:

      Well, there you go then. I had thought the Grey Knights were a sort of militant wing of the Ordo Malleus, but I guess there’s more to it than that.

    • mpk says:

      I’d love a Necromunda game based around that idea.

      Or even a team based Necromunda tactical shooter type thing.

    • Skeleton Key says:

      TehMadness, the Grey Knights are not “totally seperate from the Inquisition”. They are, as bleeters puts it, the “militant wing of the Ordo Malleus”. As for recruitment, captives in the Black Ships are chosen and put through their paces, there is no Grey Knight recruitment planet.

      Sidorovich, your idea is good up to the point of the Space Marine becoming an Inquisitor. This doesn’t happen. The highest rank a Space Marine can get to is ‘Chapter Master’. For your information, recruitment to the Inquisition is not centralised. Inquisitors recruit Acolytes and, if the blessing of three other Inquisitors or an Inquisitor Lord is given, these Acolytes can be promoted to full Inquisitors.
      Hope that is interesting!

  19. jonfitt says:

    Looking at the top banner picture it reminded me. I’ve often thought that the Chaos Marine’s armour looks a bit… well… decorative.
    Sure, spikes are menacing; but spikes just for spikes’ sake falls into the goth fashion category.
    I can just see him saying to his couture heretic outfitter: “Oooh could you put a ring of little spikes around the collar that would look great! Don’t forget the moulded skulls on the breastplate we talked about last week, don’t want anyone to think I’m not down with the skull collecting. Hahaha” and they laugh.

    • wcanyon says:

      You can be sure that they have a purpose and it’s probably Dark and possibly Grim.

  20. Lemming says:

    Loving this, and secretly hoping it paves the way for a Necromunda online FPS ¬_¬

  21. Tacroy says:

    I want the expansion where you get drafted into being the Princeps of a Titan and you go stompy stompy stompy on ork faces.

    Now that I think of it, I just want another Mechwarrior game.

  22. ColOfNature says:

    It’s only war, but I like it.

  23. wcanyon says:

    Blah blah EPIC blah blah GRIM blah blah WAR blah blah DARK. That sums up the entire WH40K universe.

  24. Daryl says:

    I really hope they make an expansion or something where you can play as something other than Space Marines. I want to play as Chaos, dammit.

    • bleeters says:

      Still waiting on a game where you play an Eldar Death Jester. I guess there’s no market in such things, though :(

    • orranis says:

      Solitaires all the way. I’d love to play as a Harlequin.