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W40K: Space Marine 2 trailer hid five details in plain sight

Published: 16:50, 13 December 2021
Saber Interactive
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2
Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2

Game trailers often spoon feed too much information to the fans but W40K: Space Marine 2 reveal chose subtlety through hiding a lot of cool info in plain sight.

Trailers these days often spoil the game itself by presenting too much info in an obvious fashion but Saber Interactive and Focus Entertainment revealed the sequel to Space Marine in an elegant manner as the trailer didn't merely announce the game and revealed only a few details at first glance. 

It showed that we will be fighting Tyranids while playing as Titus, the protagonist of the first game, who has undergone the Rubicon Primaris procedure. Under the surface, however, fans can see a lot more cool information for the upcoming shoot 'n' slash title.

Setting

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 is set 200 hundred years after the original. This wasn't directly mentioned in the trailer but W40K fans could easily spot this detail when Titus removed his helmet. At this point, we could see he has four golden studs above his right eye, as opposed to two in the first game.

Various studs represent different periods of service with the Astartes and the golden ones are used to denominate a century. As such, the addition of two studs means that Titus spent at least two centuries in service between the two games.

Titus may have served with the Inquisition and Black Templars

Captain Titus had a unique gift in the first game where he was able to withstand Warp attacks without getting obliterated. This talent usually manifests from two sources - being a  blank or having been influenced by Chaos.

The former occurrence is thought to be impossible in the Space Marines by the Imperium due to their heritage tracing all the way back to the Emperor, an immensely powerful psyker. Another reason this is thought to be impossible is that the Astartes gene-seed is lethal to blanks, at least according to the Imperial scholars.

As a result, the Inquisition had reason to suspect Titus to be tainted after Leandros snitched on him, which is why they took the captain at the end of the first Space Marine, accompanied by four Black Templars. 

The new trailer suggests that Titus wasn't just a prisoner and he had actually served with Black Templars as well as the Inquisition, presumably among the ranks of Deathwatch.

As soon as the three Primaris drop from the Thunderhawks in the trailer, you see that Titus has chained his melee weapon to his wrist. This is a longstanding tradition in the ranks of Black Templars as they refuse to be disarmed until victory is achieved.

From that same chain hangs what appears to be an emblem of the Inquisition, further cementing Titus' ties with the organisation. It also hints the Inquisitor at the end of the first Space Marine didn't intend to prosecute Titus in the first place but merely went an extra step to reach a Space Marine whom he suspected to be a blank. These individuals are highly prized by the Inquisition and if one happened to be an Astartes, it would be more than remarkable.

Saber Interactive Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 - Titus' tie with the Inquisition Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 - Titus' tie with the Inquisition

Leandros is (most likely) not around to pester Titus

Titus was an Ultramarine captain who was taken, subsequently cleared by the Inquisition and eventually reinstated in his chapter between the two games. He then underwent the Rubicon Primaris procedure to become an even more powerful version of himself. 

Such a series of events unfolding around an inexplicable and unique Astartes was highly unlikely to go unnoticed by Roboute Guilliman, who wrote the Codex Astartes, the same book Leandros clings so hard to and can't look past its words. If he's back in the sequel with other Primaris, it's highly possible he is surrounded by soldiers actually able to think for themselves as opposed to blindly following words without interpreting them.

Furthermore, most Space Marines don't get to live for as many centuries as Titus before they get killed in action and 200 years are plenty of time for Leandros to get his face blown off.

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Titus can now be a canon character

If there was anything W40K fans took issue with in the original Space Marine, besides Leandros, it was the fact that Titus was a captain at a time when Cato Sicarius was supposed to have the post. At the time of Space Marine 2, it is assumed we are already in the period when Sevastus Acheran is the captain.

The trailer for SM 2 shows Titus wearing a lieutenant helmet, the new rank that was instated by Guilliman during the time of Indomitus Crusade and the arrival of Primaris. Technically, this is a demotion for Titus but since his rank no longer clashes with the existence of Sicarius or Acheran, he can become a canon character that was perhaps briefly the captain during Sicarius' Warp escapades.

Imperial guardsman is a Cadian

This was eventually confirmed by the devs but the fans caught the hint much sooner. Before the Space Marines arrive in the trailer, you can see one Imperial Guardsman surviving the encounter with Tyranids and as the trio lands, he looks at them in awe. These closeup shots reveal he has purple eyes, which is an effect of Cadia having been so close to the Eye of Terror, and thus - the Warp.

Saber Interactive Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 - Cadian guardsman Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2 - Cadian guardsman

Such an appearance is actually now normal for Cadians and does not indicate heresy or corruption. Thankfully, Leandros doesn't appear to be in the vicinity or the loyal soldier could be reported to the Inquisition. One has to wonder whether the Codex Astartes would support such an action.

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