Space Marines Invade Battlefleet Gothic: Armada Today

As if space strategy Battlefleet Gothic: Armada [official site] wasn’t grim enough, Space Marines will be entering the orbital fray today. In addition to the Tau, which should be added to Battlefleet sometime later, both races are available for free to people who already own the game or who buy it before the end of the day. They’ll then be available thereafter as extra DLC for everyone else.

The Space Marines are a tough-as-nails faction that specialise in close-ranged battles using well-armored ships. They have two unique faction traits: one that makes them immune to insubordination techniques (as if anyone would be crazy enough to disobey them in the first place) and another that lets them prioritise attacks on different subsystems when boarding enemy vessels. You can get a brief introduction to them through the trailer below. The new faction won’t have a new campaign tied to it, but you’re free to use them in any other mode including skirmishes or co-op.

Daniel Starkey popped his beautiful head into Battlefleet Gothic for us a few months back and really enjoyed what he saw. If you don’t already own the game and aren’t yet willing to spring the cash, the Space Marines faction will set you back $7.99/€6,99 (around £5.42, so probably £5.99) after that early adoption offer ends today.


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    Oakreef says:

    who doesn’t love a good space cathedral made of guns?

  2. jasta85 says:

    Note that you only get the DLC if you bought the game on steam or the official website. I got preordered mine on green man gaming and was told after release that I wouldn’t get the DLC because of that.

    • malkav11 says:

      They really could have stood to make that clearer. I also bought it elsewhere with the specific intention of beating the deadline for the extra races. If I’d known you had to buy on Steam or direct, I would have waited for them to release the DLC and then put the lot on sale/bundle it.

    • perablenta says:

      Note that you are wrong. EVERYONE got the free DLC, and will get the second one as well. It doesn’t say anywhere, but if you log into the multiplayer you will see that you got the Space Marines.
      One time developers and publishers do right by us and people can’t even bother to see it.

      • malkav11 says:

        Oh, good! I wouldn’t necessarily have thought them in the wrong for being restrictive about it, just for not communicating better about it. But I definitely prefer the scenario where I actually get the DLC I wanted.

  3. trjp says:

    There’s definately fun to be had with this title BUT it has quite a few issues in the gameplay and it’s crashy-as-hell

    Balance isn’t even remotely present between the races, in some situations, some races are unbeatable – which doesn’t augur well for a long-term multiplayer element

    Oh – and the extra races (Marines and Tau) are multiplayer only I think – no single player content for them???

    • Fenixp says:

      Only Imperial Navy gets campaign – singleplayer for all other races is achieved via Skirmish, which will present you with an endless string of increasingly difficult battles of varying objectives between which you improve your fleet.

  4. MattMk1 says:

    I honestly can’t figure out how Daniel Starkey – if that is in fact his real name – managed to get so much enjoyment out of this game, but I bought it based on that enthusiastic recommendation and was massively disappointed.

    Instead of a deliberate game of quasi-naval strategy, it’s a clicky sort-of-RTS that requires shit-tons on micromanagement of poorly designed and balanced timed abilities, and a pretty shoddily-made one, too.

    Every mission is essentially the same, the story is nonexistent, and the tactical gameplay doesn’t stand on its own well enough to redeem it because instead of adapting the board game they decided to utterly fuck things up. (imagine what the Blood Bowl games would have been like if all they had was shitty real-time mode no one in their right mind played, but worse)