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The Warhammer 40,000 universe is all about war, war and war, and it looks like Space Hulk: Deathwing is about to drop players into one of the most desperate and violent chapters ever told in this tale of never-ending struggle. It’s a new first-person shooter from Games Workshop, Streum On Studio and Focus Home Interactive, and it’ll be shooting up the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC at some indeterminate point in the future.
To celebrate the announcement of Deathwing, the publisher has released a brand new trailer featuring in-game footage boasting how dark and gritty the game will look courtesy of the Unreal Engine 4. This is actually an interpretation of a board game by the same name, featuring a Librarian of the Deathwing and his team of Deathwing Terminators as they try to fight off an invading horde of Genestealers. For the record, Librarians in the 40K universe are exactly like librarians in our universe, so long as our librarians are wearing massive suits of armor, toting ridiculous weapons and spend their lives training in the art of war.
Pretty much every shiny piece of hardware you could hope to see in a Warhammer 40K game is present and accounted for in the above trailer, including Storm Bolters, Assault Cannons, Force Swords and, for those who prefer to get up close and personal with the Genestealer scum, Power Fists. In the board game version of Deathwing, players have to utilize every tool at their disposal to survive the enemy onslaught, and it looks like that sort of ever-present combat will be par for the course in this video game adaptation.
“Space Hulk: Deathwing offers players the chance to experience a desperate battle against Genestealers in the claustrophobic tunnels of a Space Hulk, as they will gain skills, new abilities and new equipment thanks to experience earned during perilous missions,” reads the announcement from Focus Home Interactive. “Space Hulks drift along the currents of the Warp, the immaterial dimension of Chaos. Made up of gigantic mangled asteroids, derelict ships wrecks and other spatial debris, they sometimes grow to the size of a moon and often contain treasured and ancient lost technologies.”
They’re also overflowing with danger, specifically infestations of Genestealers. In case you couldn’t tell, the Warhammer 40K universe is pretty rich with detail and backstory at this point, but that shouldn’t scare you away from the game. Think of it like this: You and your chums found a mysterious island and decided to go exploring. There’s treasure aplenty here, but there’s also indigenous creatures who want to eat your face off. So long as you can shoot in first person, you should be ready to roll once Space Hulk: Deathwing launches for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.