Sep 3, 2013

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Deathwing Is The Name Of Your New Space Hulk First-Person Shooter

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With Space Hulk recently converted (again) into a video game more or less blindly devoted to faithfully recreating the board game, warts and all, the prospect of another game based on the Games Workshop classic may be a bit of a “uh… what?” moment for some people. Space Hulk: Deathwing, though, is not a conversion of the board game, but a first-person shooter based on the game. Is that better? Who cares.

There’s a teaser where a Space Marine shoots a thing! …more accurately, a Librarian with Psyker powers shoots all manner of nasties on a space hulk. Believe me, if you knew what I was talking about, that run-on sentence would have intrigued you.

I’ll say this much: I genuinely loved Relic’s Space Marine, and I’ve been awaiting that supposedly in-development 40k MMO-RPG for a long time, so the idea of a fresh new Warhammer 40,000 video game is a prospect that rests pretty easy with me. Resting even easier, though, is that the game is being developed by Sterum On Studio, the developers of E.Y.E.: Devine Cybermancy.

Yeah, remember E.Y.E.? The game where you could get hacked by doors you were trying to hack? The game where you had to roll for a new character with every death? The one that was flippin’ crazy?? Yeah. With any luck, Space Hulk: Deathwing will be injected with that same kind of cornball oddness. It will have leveling up and skill trees and such, so at least some of their RPG ingenuity will come in handy. Wait, did I say ingenuity? I meant insanity.

Coming sometime in some year, developed in Unreal 4 for game systems, and with Focus Home handling the publishing duties, Space Hulk: Deathwing is a curious prospect that might wash away some of the other Space Hulk game’s bad taste. Here’s hoping it’s another in the line of the quality 40k titles, and not one on the ever-growing pile of turgent, cash-in sludge. Though, honestly, we have so little info on the game right now, it might be worth relinquishing any hope until just a smidgen more is revealed.