Warhammer 40K: Space Marine E3 Trailer Date

Do you find yourself lacking in your daily intake of chainsaws, giant suits of baroque power armor, and arterial spray? Well folks, I have just the ticket for ya’: A fine, gen-yoo-wine, brand-new trailer for Warhammer 40K: Space Marine. Guaranteed to meet all your Ork-rippin’, bolter-blastin’ needs. Let’s watch!

In all seriousness, Relic Entertainment’s long-in-development third-person shooter looks like a blast for both casual fans and hardcore adherents of the Warhammer tabletop games. With huge amounts of enemies to slaughter and plenty of creative ways to slaughter them, it looks like Warhammer 40K: Space Marine could be both a love letter to the fans and a solid, approachable shooter.

There actually isn’t a whole lot new in this latest trailer other than two key elements: 1.) we finally get a look at the Chaos Marines in motion; and 2.) we get a firm release date for the title. Those aforementioned Chaos Marines look appropriately malevolent, towing along all sorts of demons of the Warp for good measure. Though it’s only a brief look at the diabolical faction, it’s a decent taste of the creatures and gameplay elements Chaos will offer.

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One interesting aspect of this trailer (as well as previous trailers) is the almost throwback style of Space Marine’s gameplay. Unlike many modern third-person shooters such as Vanquish or Gears of War, Space Marine completely eschews a cover system. In a move completely in keeping with the game’s source material, players are encouraged to charge straight into mobs of enemies with guns blazing and melee weapons ready to rend limbs.

This is all well and good with dozens of (comparatively) unarmored Space Orks, but how will Chaos Marines stand up to toe-to-toe combat? The introduction of these mutants, sorcerers, and demons in power armor may signify a major tactical turning point in the single-player campaign–one in which the player will have to adjust behavior to keep from ending up on the receiving end of a chainsword. If Relic pulls it off, this sounds like a decent formula for keeping Space Marine’s gameplay fresh and challenging throughout the experience.

Do the hundreds of painted figures on your shelf command you to play Warhammer 40K: Space Marine? Do you not know the first thing about Ultramarines, but are curious about Space Marine all the same? In the name of the immortal Emperor, share your thoughts in the comments!

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine will be available for PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on September 6, 2011.

Stay tuned to Game Rant for more news and updates as E3 2011 continues through the week.