Space Hulk: Deathwing
Publisher: Focus Home Interactive
Developer: Streum On Studio, Cyanide
Platforms: PC, Xbox One, PS4
Genre: First Person Shooter
Release Date: PC: December 14th, 2016 Xbox One, PS4: TBA
Space Hulk: Deathwing is an upcoming first person shooter that is being developed by Streum On Studio in partnership with Cyanide. The game is being published by Focus Home Interactive. This is yet another in what is becoming a long number of entries in the Space Hulk series. That series in and of itself is a kind of spin-off from the larger Warhammer 40,000 series. This is one of the first games in this series that can really be called a first person shooter, as most of the game in the larger group have been strategy games. The game is first going to be coming to PC on December 14th and then will be released on both the Xbox One and PS4 early in 2017. The console versions of the game do not have an official release date but are expected in the first quarter of 2017.
Space Hulk: Deathwing was first announced way back in September of 2013. The game was then announced as a first person shooter. The game was also announced as being based on the popular board game RPG and the development team said it would be using Unreal Engine 4. The team that has been working on this game is the same one that produced E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy.
The game was first unveiled with a short teaser video where a Deathwing Terminator was being chased through the guts of a Spacehulk by Genestealers. In February of 2015, another video was unveiled, marking the first comments from the development team about the game since it was first announced. On April 29, 2016, the first gameplay trailer was revealed, showing off the massive environments the game boasts. The video also showed off the the basics of the gameplay as well as its premise, the teammates that are playable in the game, the localized damage system, and some of the enemies players will encounter.
On September 7, 2016 yet another trailer was revealed and at the same time, the development team detailed some of the classes in the game as well as some of the special abilities they have. The company also announced there was going to be a pre-order bonus for those who reserved the game ahead of time. Those who purchased the game on Steam ahead of the release got 15% off the retail price as well as a special weapon they could use inside the game.
The game is set to be released on PC on December 9 and though it does not yet have an official release date on consoles, is expected to come to the PS4 and Xbox One early on in 2017.
The story of Space Hulk: Deathwing is one that draws from quite a bit of lore in the broader world first created by the Warhammer 40,000 board games. In that lore, Space Hulks are massive abandoned ships that drift along the currents of the Warp, which is a place in this game where there are tears and entrances into the the immaterial dimension of Chaos. Made up of gigantic asteroids, ship wrecks and other debris, the hulks can sometimes get to be the size of a moon. These Space Hulks often have some sort of treasure and and ancient lost technologies. There is also danger in these areas, such as the big enemy in this game called, Genestealers.
Players take on the role of the Librarian from most secret and most feared Space Marine Companies: the Deathwing from the Dark Angels. It will be the players’ job to fight off the Genestealers and complete various missions inside the Space Hulks in order to find the source of an odd psychic disturbance.
The game takes place from a first person perspective and has players play as a Terminator, equipped with sturdy armor and the weaponry of the Space Marines from this game world. As a Librarian, the player will also have the powers of the Psykers. As the players go through their missions they will gain skills and that grant them Fervor Points, and these points can be spent on four skill trees that allow the characters to improve their abilities, unlock powers, and access relics and new weapons.
There is a single player campaign but this can also be played in up to four player co-op in a Dark Angels Terminator squad of the Deathwing. The main map in the game is the Space Hulk Olethros, which is a grouping of of derelict ships and debris collected over years of war.
When playing in the co-op mode, each player will take on a different tactical role in Space Hulk: Deathwing. As the Librarian, you can use a special weapon called the Storm Bolter and also use psychic powers to fight the enemy. The heavy weapon support can mow down Genestealers with his assault cannon, while the Apothecary is tasked with keeping the squad alive. The melee-oriented assault class can take on the Genestealers with assault claws, or crash through the front line of the enemy forces with a shield and a weapon known as a power mace. There is also a tactician specialist can support the team with a passive buff as well as other abilities, which can be used in combat in order to control the swarms of the enemy Genestealers.
The enemy Genestealers have been said to be able to use the maze-like Space Hulk that players will be moving through as a kind of extra weapon. These Genestealers can ambush you, making use of the walls, floor spaces, and even dropping down from the ceiling vents. These creatures call the Space Hulk home and that means they know the area better than the players’ Space Marines, The development team has said this means the monsters will be able to strike at you and your team from blind spots, and drop down on your men from above. These creatures have a swarm-like social structure and that is said to be shown in the way they react in the game.
There are several classes of Space Marines that are featured in Space Hulk: Deathwing. The Space Marine classes are broken down into the Assault Specialty, the Heavy Weapon Specialty, the Librarian, the Apothecary and the Tactical Specialty. These classes all have special weapons and abilities that none of the other classes possess.
The Genestealers, are the primary enemies in this game and they have their own special classes. There is the basic creature, as well as a Hybrid that looks a bit more human, a warrior class, a Broodlord, which is also known as a Corporaptor Primus, and a new, unknown sub-strain that players will have to encounter and defeat in order to learn more about.
Note: This wiki will be updated once we have more information about the game
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