Though dogged by PS3 online issues, Space Marine managed to carve out a modest niche for itself in the dense winter sales crunch. However, any hopes for a sequel are likely to be in vain. THQ boss Danny Bilson doesn't believe that there's "room" for another action game alongside the combat-oriented MMO Dark Millennium. Apparently Warhammer fans still have a lot to look forward to, though, as there's "more stuff coming in the 40K universe."Click here for the full story >>
Good news, everyone! Well, PS3 gamers especially. Relic Entertainment has finished working on a patch for recently-released shooter Space Marine that resolves the woeful PS3 matchmaking bug as well as some other minor. The patch has been submitted to Sony for testing and will be deployed "as soon as possible."
The patch also addresses some achievement unlock problems, PC bugs and Steam Cloud functionality. Or in other words: it fixes their shocking, completely broken game.Click here for the full patch notes direct from THQ!
Many gamers will doubtlessly be ready to throw down in Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine's multiplayer suite... but PS3 owners may discover a nasty little sting in the tail. No Sleep Gamer reports that a netcode bug is incorrectly identifying players' NAT types as Closed or Moderate, leading to matchmaking times of upwards of 35 minutes.
Relic Entertainment is aware of the problem and are currently working on a fix. A few temporary solutions are doing the rounds, but their effectiveness has yet to be confirmed.
"Our team has isolated the issue and has a patch in with our QA team to verify the matchmaking issue is resolved. Again we are working as fast as we can to resolve the problem. Keep in mind you are still able to join matchmaking games in the meantime, but the wait times can exceed over 35 minutes.”
Let us know if you've been affected - and we'll keep you posted. No Sleep Gamer's Brendan Griffiths (our PS3 correspondent) will have a full review for us shortly.
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine's cooperative mode has been the subject of fierce debate and conjecture over the last few months, with THQ insisting that the feature wouldn't be available at launch, but instead hitting as free DLC down the line. Finally, however, THQ has decided to part with the details.
The Cooperative Mode, called Exterminatus, is essentially a horde-style survival experience that will pit up to four players against progressive waves of enemies. We're a little disappointed about the lack of campaign co-op to be honest (cop out much?), but we're thrilled that the mode will be free* when it launches in October as a DLC update.
*According to our previous intel, the pack will be free for those who buy a new copy of the game - but will need to be purchased by pre-owned consumers.
After a Gamestop listing outed a cooperative mode in upcoming action shooter Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine last week, THQ has confirmed that co-op will indeed feature in the game. A THQ manager has explicitly outed the mode on the official forums, and confirms to ShackNews that "Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will have co-op and we look forward to announcing more details later this month."
However, it's not as straightforward as it sounds. Apparently the cooperative features won't be ready for launch and will instead be released thirty days later as a DLC pack. It will be free download if you buy a new sealed copy, but otherwise, you'll need to pay for an online pass before you download it.
Space Marine will launch on September 9th for PS3, Xbox 360 and PC. Why not check out Brendan's recent hands-on preview while you wait?