Another interesting exercise of the Warhammer 40K license, Space Hulk: Deathwing is a shift in perspective. For the unfamiliar, the Space Hulk title is actually in reference to the Space Hulk board game. Two years ago, PC game Space Hulk: Ascension Edition kept with the board game aesthetic and did it well. But upcoming Space Hulk: Deathwing is a gritty, violent first-person shooter. Opting for a slightly more real look than its similarly-named predecessors, Deathwing means to bring the corridor explorations found in the original Space Hulk, into corridor shooting territory. From the looks of gameplay so far, it may have been a good move as the claustrophobic halls and unfeeling stone and metal interiors can make for some very moody up-close-and-personal killing.
Players take on the role of a Space Marine in hulking Terminator armor who must enter the titular Space Hulk and kill its residents Doom-style. Space Hulks themselves are just giant, derelict space ships found in the expansive Warhammer 40K universe. The obligatory horrors that live within are gruesome and have been rendered unappealingly – ugly and uncomfortable to look at, and also mean – by the artists over at developer Streum On. That said, no one expects everyone to know what a Space Hulk actually is and why it can quite organically house an entire game. As such, this new trailer for Space Hulk: Deathwing does due diligence laying out the facts that any potential buyer’s going to want to know.
See the “Enter the Space Hulk” trailer below. Space Hulk: Deathwing is due out December 9 for PC, and early next year for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.