Games Workshop's tabletop battle game Space Hulk has enjoyed a proud connection with video games. The first interactive adaptations arrived soon after the launch of the boardgame in 1989, with home computers like the Commodore Amiga getting an excellent real-time tactical action title courtesy of Electronic Arts in 1993. EA would later publish a 3D sequel on the PlayStation, 3DO, PC and Sega Saturn which would retain the real-time gameplay, but it would be another 17 years before anyone else would try and bring this amazing world to life again.
That "someone" is Danish studio Full Control. Unlike the EA efforts of the '90s, the new version of Space Hulk returns to the turn-based mechanics of the original board game. Full Control has now confirmed that the game --- which launched last year on PC — will be coming to consoles in 2015, and that includes the Wii U.
As any fan will tell you, it's the core story behind Space Hulk which helps make it such a riveting experience. You assume the role of a group of Space Marine Terminators in the service of the Emperor, tasked with entering drifting, derelict spaceships and dealing with the alien menace contained within. This generally takes the form of Genestealers, swift multi-limbed beasts capable of ripping through the thick armour worn by the comparatively sluggish marines. While the Space Marines pack deadly firepower and powerful melee weapons, the aliens are faster and greater in number.
Here's some more info from the press release:
Space Hulk is set in the isolated corridors and tomb-like chambers of an ancient vessel lost in the graveyard of space. Players lead a small army of fearless Space Marine Terminators to battle in a ferocious fight for survival against hordes of predatory alien Genestealers. Based on the "Sin of Damnation" campaign from the 3rd edition board game, Space Hulk includes a robust 12 mission single-player campaign, a co-operative campaign, Blood Angel and Space Wolf Chapters and many other thrilling missions! Recreating the tense battles of the board game, multiplayer mode will allow players to go head-to-head as one player controls the Space Marines and their opponent the Genestealers, in the ultimate fight for domination.
Full Control's interpretation may be more faithful to the original game that the two titles published by EA, but it has garnered a mixed reception on PC, with some critics complaining that the online two-player mode — arguably the highlight of the package — needs more work. Hopefully the considerable amount of time which has elapsed since the launch of the PC version will have given Full Control ample opportunity to fine-tune the game and make improvements.
Either way, the Games Workshop fans in the Nintendo Life team are doing cartwheels around the office at this news. Are you a fan of the original? If so, will you be picking this up, or have you already had your fill of the game on PC? Ready your Bolter and put your team-mates on Overwatch before posting a comment below.