Warhammer 40K: Space Marine may be pushing its meaty shoulders into retail this coming week, but its co-op mode won't arrive until "early October" says THQ. The mode, with the Latin-derived name "Exterminatus," will be made free as a download to "all players" according to THQ's release.

Exterminatus contains two separate "scenarios" in which four-player groups can maneuver their bulky trio of classes around, chainsawing through everything in their path. Global leaderboards are also included, posing "dynamic challenges" to players and supporting additional "score modifiers" (read: Skulls).

Some confusion was raised over the game's co-op back in August when a GameStop advert pinned the co-op mode exclusively to GameStop pre-orders, but today's announcement clearly refutes that information.
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CO-OP ANNOUNCED FOR WARHAMMER®40,000®: SPACE MARINE®

Stand-alone Four-Player Exterminatus Mode coming as free DLC in October

AGOURA HILLS, Calif. Sep 2, 2011 – THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) today announced that a free playable co-op mode, called 'Exterminatus' is scheduled to be available to download in early October for its upcoming 3rd Person Action/Shooter, Warhammer® 40,000®: Space Marine®.

Space Marine's Exterminatus mode pits an elite squad of four Space Marines against hordes of alien enemies in a score based fight to the death. Players can choose the Tactical Marine, Devastator or Assault Marine as well as utilizing any weapons and perks available to those classes.

Each of Exterminatus Mode's scenarios, 'Assault on Hab Center Andreas' and 'Escape From Kalkys Facility' feature global leader boards challenging players to better their scores by completing dynamic challenges as well as utilizing score modifiers which increase game difficulty in exchange for additional points.

Experience earned while playing this mode counts towards the game's multiplayer ranks, allowing players to earn progression in both Co-Op and multiplayer.

Space Marine's Co-op mode is scheduled to be available for free to all players in early October. Space Marine is scheduled to be available for Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft, Playstation®3 computer entertainment system and Windows PC on September 6th.

About Space Marine
When wave after wave of savage ORKS descend upon the Forge World GRAIA, it is up to humanity's greatest warriors to win the planet back.

They are SPACE MARINES, genetically modified, encased in hallowed armor, the equivalent of one hundred lesser men. They live only to defend the Imperium, and to slay its enemies in a war that never ends.

CAPTAIN TITUS, along with his comrades LEANDROS and SIDONUS, lead a detachment of these Space Marines onto the Forge World. There, they quickly discover that the fight against the Orks is not all that requires their attention. An Imperial Inquisitor named DROGAN needs help securing an experimental POWER SOURCE, before the Orks do so themselves.

About THQ
THQ Inc. (NASDAQ: THQI) is a leading worldwide developer and publisher of interactive entertainment software. The company develops its products for all popular game systems, personal computers, wireless devices and the internet. Headquartered in Los Angeles County, California, THQ sells product through its global network of offices located throughout North America, Europe and Asia Pacific. More information about THQ and its products may be found at www.thq.com. THQ and its logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of THQ Inc.

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