Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date, story, latest news

Relic Entertainment has fans on the edge of their seat with the upcoming Space Marine 2 release date, so let us round up what we know so far.

When is the Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 release date? The game is the highly anticipated sequel to the 2011 third-person shooter hack-n-slasher of the same name, only instead of the Orkz, it’s the Tyrannids that are going to be meeting the sharp end of a Chainsword’s rotating blades. With the excitement around the sequel growing, what do we know about Space Marine 2?

Using a combination of trailers, press releases, and developer interviews, we have collated and refined this article to provide you with a concentrated view of everything there’s to know about Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2. As we learn more about what will hopefully be one of the best action-adventure games coming this year, we will continue to update this guide.

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Space Marine 2 release date window

The Space Marine 2 release date is Monday, September 9, 2024. This comes after a significant delay was announced at the tail end of last year. Those who buy the Gold or Collector’s Edition will be able to play Space Marine 2 three days early.

It will be available on PC via Steam, Xbox Series X|S, and PlayStation 5. The date was announced in the form of a trailer, which debuted at The Game Awards. Those who preorder the game will receive the Macragge’s Chosen DLC, which includes the “Ultramarine Inspired skin set”. This comprises a unique bolter skin, chainsword skin, and the “Crux Terminatus” pauldron.

Both the Gold and Collector’s Edition versions come with Season Pass access, while the Focus Entertainment store exclusive Collector’s Edition also comes with an artbook and a Lieutenant Titus resin statue.

Originally slated for a winter 2023 release date, the Space Marines 2 delay was announced via the Focus Entertainment notes. Seeing the game get pushed back into 2024 didn’t surprise us, as we hadn’t seen much gameplay.

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Space Marine 2 trailers

So far, Focus Entertainment has released four major Space Marine 2 trailers, the first being presented at The Game Awards 2021. It shows almost no gameplay but still gives watchers a good indication of what to expect. The second trailer, presented at The Game Awards 2022, gives fans their first true look at what Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 has to offer. It is important to note that ‘Alpha Footage – Subject to Change’ is watermarked at the bottom, meaning that what we see might not end up in the final game.

During Summer Game Fest in June 2023, a third trailer was revealed, which gives us our first look at Space Marine 2’s co-op mode. The 90-second video flashes between weapons, ships, and the galactic war, with shots of gameplay and cinematics alternating. Continuing the theme of only releasing trailers and large industry events, the fourth Space Marines 2 trailer debuted at The Game Awards 2023. This time we got a release date, which is cool, but still no real gameplay, which was not.

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Space Marine 2 gameplay

Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2 is expected to play similarly to its predecessor, meaning gameplay will be a strong mixture of third-person shooter and hack-n-slasher. Players will take on the role of Lieutenant Titus of the Ultramarines 2nd Chapter, a genetically augmented transhuman soldier who fights for the Imperium of Man against its enemies, whether it be the mutant, the heretic, or, in this case, the alien.

We can expect Tyranids as the main enemy, an extragalactic race of insectoid aliens. In many ways, similar to the Orks that players faced in the original Warhammer 40k Space Marine game, Tyranid battle tactics are based on superior numbers in close combat, and from the trailer, it looks like we can expect to see that translated into gameplay.

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To overcome the enemy, you will use an arsenal fit only for a Space Marine. At range, you will use weapons like the Boltgun, a weapon that fires self-propelled .75 caliber bolts that explode on impact with their target. Other weapons seen in the trailer include the Meltagun and Bolt Pistol.

When enemies get too close, it’s time to switch to close combat, and Space Marine 2 has you covered with its selection of melee weapons like the Thunder Hammer, Power Sword, and the iconic Chain Sword: a sword with a chainsaw-like blade on the edge.

Space Marine 2 release date: Tyrius is shooting over the Imperial Guardsmen at a horde of Tyrannids.

Space Marine 2 story

From the trailers, we can assume that Warhammer 40k: Space Marine 2 occurs sometime after the first Warhammer 40k: Space Marine game. We know that Lieutenant Titus, formerly Captain, has been demoted following the events of the first game, where he was taken into custody by Inquisitor Thrax under suspicion of being a heretic and conspiring with the forces of Chaos. We also know that Titus is now sporting a new suit of Mark X Power Armor, worn primarily by Primaris Space Marine.

The story takes place across two planets during the fourth Tyranid War and shows Titus being faster and stronger after going through the Rubicon Primaris. This surgery enhances Space Marines, meaning he’ll be quite the powerhouse.

With the latest news of the delay, if you can’t wait to play Warhammer 40k Space Marine 2, check out our list of all the best Warhammer 40k games on PC. If nothing else, you’ll have a great time and learn all of the lore going into Space Marine 2. If you prefer fantasy settings but still love Games Workshop, we have a list of the best Warhammer games you can play right now