“I would call it a maturation”: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 Boss Confirmed It Won’t be as ‘Cartoonish’ as Original Game and It Could Only Mean One Thing

Space Marine 2 Will Be a Lot Darker Than The Comic Feeling Original

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  • According to creative director Oliver Hollis-Leick, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 will be more raw and violent.
  • Saber Interactive, taking over from Relic Entertainment, aims to retain the essence of the original game while infusing it with modern elements.
  • With a commitment to delivering a more mature experience, Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 is shaping up to be a worthy successor to the original game.
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After over a decade since the first Space Marine, Captain Titus is making a return in 2024. Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 is set to provide a more aggressive, gritty experience with new action and gameplay. The game will be released on PC, PlayStation 5, and Xbox Series X|S,

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Saber Interactive is taking the reins over from Relic Entertainment and the now-defunct THQ, which is now THQ Nordic under Embracer Group. With how loved the first one was, there’s a lot of pressure for Space Marine 2 to live up to the classic.

Saber is Introducing Their Own Take For Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2

Saber is Introducing Their Own Take For Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2
Features Coming to Space Marine 2 | Saber Interactive

After taking over from Relic Entertainment, Saber Interactive wants to keep the spirit of the original game while adding modern touches with features used today. The team intended to make the sequel more violent and raw, with a type of cold cruelty that fits well with Warhammer 40,000’s tone, according to creative director Oliver Hollis-Leick.

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In an interview with GameSpot, Hollis-Leick gave some insights into the reasons behind the creative approach Saber is taking for Space Marine 2

The first one with the Cockney Orks had more of a subtle cartoonish element to it, a comic book feel perhaps. This version feels more real, harsher, bolder. I would call it a maturation of the original game.

Since the universe of Warhammer 40K is a dark and dangerous one, Saber has made the choice to abandon the original game’s comic tone in favor of a harsher, more realistic one. This decision could potentially serve as something that helps player immersion. Although there was a slight cartoonish aspect in the original game, Hollis-Leick said the sequel will be harsher, more genuine, and bolder.

With this approach in mind, one of the changes they made in Space Marine 2 is the violence and presentation. The first game had a subtle cartoonish feel, especially with its Cockney Orks.

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Features Coming to Space Marine 2

Features Coming to Space Marine 2
Saber is Introducing Their Own Take For Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 | Saber Interactive

The team behind Space Marine 2 has recognized that gaming has evolved over the past 12 years. This has helped them look at the original game critically and make the decisions they think are right with the sequel.

With masses of enemies on screen at once, the game will feature an environment filled with chaos by using the same swarm technology that was used in World War Z. This technology will allow for grand battles that encapsulate the charm of the Warhammer 40K universe.

Warhammer 40K Space Marine 2 will include multiplayer modes that follow a live-service model alongside its originally single-player domain. Some fans expressed concern over rumors of the game featuring microtransactions – a feature that many players would dislike.

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Saber is Introducing Their Own Take For Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2
Will the choices Saber take for Space Marine 2 resonate with fans? | Saber Interactive

However, it was clarified that all the in-game content will be accessible with no paywalls. To ensure that there are no gameplay advantages linked to financial purchases, the paid DLC will include cosmetic items that only serve to allow players to customize themselves. 

Saber Interactive will no doubt try their best to stay true to the  Warhammer 40K universe. And a sequel that is packed with gritty and intense gameplay will satisfy both existing fans and newcomers. Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 is expected to release later this year for PC, PlayStation 5, and XBOX Series X|S.

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