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February 21, 2024

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 delayed until the second half of 2024

Honor and glory in battle will have to wait, as Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 has been delayed for about a year.

Publisher Focus Entertainment is holding the release to “properly polish the game.” It’s the common reason for delays, even though this one is certainly significant. The game was initially poised to drop late this year, but is now scheduled for “the second half of 2024.”

Focus Entertainment won’t let next month be without Space Marine goodness, however. It plans to reveal the launch date “in early December” — which may mean some news during The Game Awards. We’ll have to wait for December 7 to know for sure.

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Space Marine 2 gets delayed, Tyranids rejoice

It would be appropriate for the publisher to reveal the date at TGA 2023, all things considered. The game was revealed during the 2021 Game Awards, delighting fans of the niche hack-and-slash game. It was welcome news. The original Space Marine graced us way back in 2011, during a time when everything was brown. It was brown, like any game of that era, but its intense combat also awarded players with plenty of satisfying red.

Starring Captain Titus, your job was to tear through Orks with reckless abandon. It was received well and earned itself a cult following over time. Space Marine wasn’t a complex game, but the mindless slaughter and spectacle made for a cathartic experience.

The sequel sees Captain Titus return, this time against a new foe. He and his fellows now face the Tyranids, basically giant space cockroaches. Based on what we’ve seen so far, the gameplay doesn’t seem too much different than that of the original. Of course, there’s no real reason to add too much and ruin a perfectly good recipe.

Cameron Woolsey

A freelance writer, Cam has been playing games for decades and writing about them for about 15 years. He specializes in action RPGs, shooters, and brawlers, but will always make a little bit of time for indies and classics.

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