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Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 will be playable in three-player co-op

Chainsword Tyranids with pals

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 was announced at The Game Awards in 2021, and it resurfaced tonight at The Geoffer's other event, Summer Game Fest. The third-person boltgunner still doesn't have a precise release date, but a new trailer did reveal a full co-op campaign.

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The trailer above features Captain Titus, a space fascist the press release describes as a "fan-favorite". He's the star of Space Marine 2's story, but you and two pals will also be able to team up to mince Tyranids in co-op. It's not clear what if any changes playing in co-op entails, but there's a suggestion missions will be designed to be replayable, so perhaps they're dynamic in some interesting way.

I never expected THQ's Space Marine to get a sequel, and certainly not one that continued the original's story, but in some ways it makes sense. Warhammer 40k's pulpy space bombast is best articulated via one of those seven-out-of-tens, rather than anything more polished or prestige, and the original Space Marine was definitely one of those seven-out-of-tens: a chunky action game of limited scope but extremely satisfying ultraviolence. More of that, with a bit of co-op, looks like a swell time.

Space Marine 2 is coming this winter. If you want to charge your way through cultists right now, '90s-throwback first-person shooter Warhammer 40,000: Boltgun offers some excellent chainswording and released just two weeks ago. I was playing it last night and it's stompy, bloody fun.

NotE3 and Summer Game Fest 2023 is over for another year. You can find out all the latest news by visiting our E3 2023 hub, or you can catch up with our round-up posts of everything that was announced at Summer Game Fest, the Xbox Games Showcase, the PC Gaming Show, Day Of The Devs, and our top highlights from the Wholesome Direct.

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