Space Hulk: Deathwing screenshots make ugly look good

Developer StreumOn Studio has released the first screenshots from its upcoming Unreal Engine 4-powered shooter Space Hulk: Deathwing, and they're as delightfully grim as fans of the Warhammer 40K setting would hope.

In this corner, we see a group of Space Marines, decked out in the finest armaments the future can imagine in preparation for a journey into the bombed out hull of a gigantic, derelict spacecraft (the titular Space Hulk). In the opposite corner, we see the Genestealers, a ravenous horde of alien beasts that exist purely to tear the aforementioned Space Marines into tiny, quivering bits. Think of this whole scenario as Aliens with even more hyper-masculinity and you've got the general idea.

Though StreumOn is willing to share this handful of screenshots, that's all the developer is saying. The studio has yet to determine a release window for Space Hulk: Deathwing, nor has it determined which platforms the first-person shooter will eventually call home.
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Space Hulk: Deathwing

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First confrontation between the Genestealers and the Deathwing!

Space Hulk®: Deathwing™, the first-person shooter set in Games Workshop's famous Warhammer 40,000 universe, today unveils its first screenshots!

Developed by StreumOn Studio (E.Y.E. Divine Cybermancy) on Unreal Engine 4, Space Hulk: Deathwing puts players at the head of a squad of Space Marine Terminators, as they venture within the claustrophobic, and Genestealer-infested, entrails of a Space Hulk. Today's pictures show the hero of the game, a Deathwing Librarian, delving deeper and deeper into the Space Hulk, and confronting the awakening hordes of Genestealers.

The Genestealers represent a serious threat even for a squad of Terminators, but they are just the vanguard of the forces players will fight inside the Space Hulk. From Genestealer Hybrids equipped with heavy weapons, through many sub-species of Genestealers, to huge Bloodlords, the enemies of the Deathwing are varied, versatile, and terrifying.

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Space Hulk®: Deathwing™ is a First-Person Shooter experience of Games Workshop's classic Space Hulk boardgame set in the universe of Warhammer 40,000, developed on Unreal Engine 4 by Streum On Studio, the team behind E.Y.E: Divine Cybermancy. Published by Focus Home Interactive and co-produced by Cyanide Studio, Space Hulk: Deathwing offers players the chance to experience a desperate battle against Genestealers in the claustrophobic tunnels of a Space Hulk, as they will gain skills, new abilities and new equipment thanks to experience earned during perilous missions.

Space Hulks drift along the currents of the Warp, the immaterial dimension of Chaos. Made up of gigantic mangled asteroids, derelict ship wrecks and other spatial debris, they sometimes grow to the size of a moon and often contain treasured and ancient lost technologies. However, they are ripe with danger including infestations of the lethal Genestealers.

Players take on the role of a Space Marine from one of the most secret and most feared Space Marine Companies: the Deathwing from the Dark Angels. Strap on your Terminator armour and equip the emblematic weaponry of the Space Marines to overcome the threats awaiting you in the Space Hulk. As a Librarian, you will also master the destructive powers of the Psykers. Your skills and performance in battle grant you Fervor Points, to spend on 4 skill trees allowing you to improve your abilities, unlock new powers, access powerful relics and devastating new weapons.

This article was originally published on Joystiq.