“The first game was limited by the technology of the time”: Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2 Uses a Revolutionary Technology from an Acclaimed Zombie Shooter for Godlike Horde Mechanics

What Can Saber Do With Space Marine 2?

Warhammer 40K: Space Marine 2


  • Warhammer 40k: Space Marine 2 is set to arrive on Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC, with an experience that builds on its predecessor's legacy.
  • Developer Saber Interactive, known for World War Z, is behind this upcoming sequel.
  • The game's scale and ambition are evident in its portrayal of massive battles, immersing players in the vastness of Warhammer 40K wars.
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Warhammer 40k: Space Marine 2 is coming out on 9 September 2024 for the Xbox Series X|S, PS5, and PC. Fans will see the beloved Captain Titus return for another galactic adventure. The first game, originally released on the Xbox 360, was a critical success and won fans over with its gameplay and multiplayer features.


And after 12 years, Saber Interactive and Focus Entertainment have teamed up to bring fans the sequel. The upcoming game uses the latest advancements in game development technology to bring the epic battles of the Warhammer 40k universe to life once more.

The Modern Tech That Went Into Making Space Marine 2

The Modern Tech That Went Into Making Space Marine 2
Warhammer Space Marine 2 is highly anticipated | Saber Interactive

In an interview with TrueAchievements, Oliver Hollis-Leick, the creative director of Space Marine 2 said that the original Warhammer 40k: Space Marine was held back by the technological limitations of its time. 


Hollis-Leick explained that Relic Entertainment did their best with what the technology of the time could do. But the first game couldn’t fully capture the epic scale of the Warhammer 40k universe due to these limitations.

The first game was limited by the technology of the time. The Warhammer 40k universe presents warfare on an epic scale and, despite Relic doing a fantastic job, it simply wasn’t possible in 2011 to achieve the sheer scale of conflict that is presented in the official 40k fiction.

Speaking about the upcoming Space Marine 2, Hollis-Leick spoke about the role of the Swarm Engine in making the sequel more modern. With its efficient memory management and its ability to simulate hive-like behavior for the game’s enemies, the Swarm Engine allows for much more in terms of showing the epicness of the Warhammer 40k battles.

Our Swarm Engine is not just an efficient use of memory, allowing us to get hundreds of enemies on screen, it is a behavioral simulator that mimics hive-like behavior, causing enemies to move like a school of piranha fish.

In the new game, players will face the Tyranids, a hive-organism enemy perfectly suited to the Swarm Engine’s capabilities. Space Marine 2 will not only feature an increase in enemy count but also introduce new gameplay mechanics while staying true to its roots.


Space Marine 2‘s Other Non-Technological Upgrades

Space Marine 2's Other Non Technological Upgrades
The advancements in technology in Space Marine 2 | Saber Interactive

Outside of the upgrades in technology, Space Marine 2 stays true to the core mechanics that made its predecessor a hit. The melee and ranged combat systems have been refined to offer smoother gameplay. The game also includes new combat features like the quick shot counter, parry, and enemy interception to make it feel more engaging. This is one of the many features that have gotten fans excited

The story of Space Marine 2 picks up almost a century after the events of the first game, with Captain Titus returning to a galaxy in turmoil. The stage has been set for the captain’s latest adventure with the destruction of the fortress world Cadia and the rise of the Primaris Marines, a new breed of super-soldiers.

The character of Titus has been through a lot since we last saw him. He has been hardened and made more coarse in many ways. Clive’s portrayal of Rollo in Vikings revealed that he could play both the brutal warrior and the man behind that. We needed that kind of sensitivity to be able to tell the story of Titus.

Hollis-Leick talked about the change that Titus has gone through in all this time. The character, who is now voiced by Clive Standen, returns to an unfamiliar and changed world. He must rediscover the world while dealing with his own transformation into a Primaris Marine, reflecting the broader upheavals within the Imperium of Man.

The Modern Tech That Went Into Making Space Marine 2
Space Marine 2 comes out later this year. | Saber Interactive

Saber Interactive’s approach to Space Marine 2 also shows how dedicated they are to Warhammer 40k lore. Aside from the new gameplay and graphical features, Space Marine 2 will feature various new factions and units, including the Adeptus Mechanicus and the forces of Tzeentch.

While not all new models from the tabletop game will be present due to development constraints, the game aims to incorporate as much of the current Warhammer 40k universe as possible.


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