The DLC packs are now included and there’s some neat bonus materials like an artbook and guide
I genuinely believe that Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine deserves a sequel, and after the dozens upon dozens of licensed Games Workshop video games that have come out in the last decade, some far better realized than others, that feeling has not wavered. Will it ever happen? If not, I feel like we’ll at least get another game that tries to capture its same spirit one day — or maybe a remaster, if and when time allows. That’d be nice too.
For now, there’s just a small development in the Space Marine saga. The PC version on Steam has been updated to an Anniversary Edition to celebrate 10 years since the original launch on PC, PS3, and Xbox 360. If you own Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine on Steam (which I kind of forgot I did!), you don’t need to do anything — it should’ve auto-upgraded.
“Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine puts players in the heart of the fight, showing what it truly means to be a Space Marine, and it’s still beloved by fans to this day,” reads the announcement post on Steam. “We’re excited to release this iconic game along with all its DLC, as well as some amazing extra content for players to enjoy.”
With Space Marine Anniversary Edition, you’re getting a lot of DLC:
- Chaos Unleashed Map Pack
- Dreadnought Assault DLC
- Iron Hand Veteran Chapter Pack DLC
- Death Guard Champion Chapter Pack DLC
- Golden Relic Bolter
- Golden Relic Chainsword
- Power Sword
- Blood Angels Veteran Armour Set
- Salamanders Veteran Armour Set
- Alpha Legion Champion Armour Set
- Legion of the Damned Armour Set
- Emperor’s Elite Pack
- Traitor Legions Pack
And there’s also some neat but not exactly groundbreaking additions:
- The full soundtrack for the game
- Classic and brand-new wallpapers
- The original manual (pdf)
- The Official Strategy Guide (pdf)
- Ringtone (!!!)
- The Collector’s Edition Artbook (pdf)
- Collector’s cards (pdfs)
- The original launch trailer
Basically, it’s content that would be hard to justify buying in 2021 combined with bonus materials for fans to reminisce about. I wish more games got this treatment!
This was one of those pretty good to potentially even great games in the Xbox 360 and PS3 era that fans remember fondly, even now. I remember it having a short but engaging shooter campaign, multiplayer that I never fully invested in, and generally feeling like it captured lightning in a bottle. Between Space Marine and Dawn of War II, I was set.
If you don’t own Space Marine, on Steam, it’s currently $20.39. A little high, given its age.
According to my Steam stats, it’s been a decade since I’ve played the game, and I have a bunch of partially completed multiplayer achievements. Out of curiosity, I reinstalled Space Marine, hit “continue,” and was thrown into the final boss fight in all its (very of the time) QTE glory. I also poked my head into the multiplayer matchmaking, and a couple of potential matches popped up, so clearly someone had the same idea. Boost it!