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Space Marine co-op confirmed; may not make launch

Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will have co-op added to the game "30 days give or take after launch," a THQ Community Manager revealed in a forum post.


[Update:] THQ has sent Shacknews the following comment, "Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will have co-op and we look forward to announcing more details later this month." Still no word on when and how the co-op will be implemented or what it will include.

[Original Story] When Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine arrives, the third-person shooter won't include co-op multiplayer; however, the mode is planned to be added to the game thirty days "give or take" after launch. The wait was announced on the game's official forum, citing "polish" to the "co-op aspect" as a reason for its delay.

What the Space Marine co-op mode (or modes) will feature is still unknown. "I will update this thread with all the co-op details when we release them," a THQ community manager wrote in the forum post late Sunday evening.

[Note: The post has since been removed from the official forum; however, a cached version still exists.]

The post also points to publisher THQ's ongoing use of Online Passes, noting that gamers that purchase Space Marine "brand new" at retail will get the co-op mode for free when it is available. "If you buy the game one year from now the co-op option will still be free as long as the game is sealed brand new from retail," the post added.

Shacknews has contacted THQ for more details on the delay and use of a one-time use code in new copies of Space Marine, but has yet to hear back at the time of publishing.

Space Marine ships on September 6 for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.

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Xav de Matos was previously a games journalist creating content at Shacknews.

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    August 9, 2011 4:00 PM

    Xav de Matos posted a new article, Space Marine co-op to be added after launch.

    Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine will have co-op added to the game "30 days give or take after launch," a THQ Community Manager revealed in a forum post.

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      August 9, 2011 4:04 PM


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      August 9, 2011 4:19 PM

      I really hate these stupid one time use codes for new games....

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        August 9, 2011 4:22 PM

        because you figure it's better that middlemen collect hundreds of millions of dollars on used game sales while the people who make and publish the game get nothing?

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          August 9, 2011 5:51 PM

          Damn skippy. Let's close all libraries too! I don't want my authors not getting paid while all those selfish people share a single copy of the book they worked so hard to write!

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            August 9, 2011 9:39 PM

            Libraries != used book sales; if you think that temporary usage is the same as ownership you are mistaken. Used textbook sales--specifically their explosive proliferation--have been driving up the costs of new textbooks for decades and the only solution in sight is locking digital copies of the books into a DRM scheme to prevent resale. Video games have a brighter future where value-added content can be tied to an expendable key and sold conveniently at a low price.

            If you want $70.00 titles to be a reality within two years than by all means keep up your juvenile ignorant nonsense.

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              August 10, 2011 3:09 AM

              Oh look, I don't agree with you so I'm juvenile. You're right that textbooks are the better example though, I'll give you that.

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              September 6, 2011 3:08 AM

              You work for a publishing company, yea?

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          August 9, 2011 7:07 PM

          this just in, right of first sale doctrine is making people butt hurt, so we're outlawing it. Land of the free, indeed.

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            August 9, 2011 9:47 PM

            First-sale has nothing to do with selling access to value-added content or ongoing services such as online multi-player.

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          August 10, 2011 11:31 AM

          what do you think publishers are? they're nothing more than middlemen as well.

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      August 9, 2011 6:43 PM

      Adding the co-op is a good thing. Adding it after retail release is unfortunate. I have a hard time believing that people will go back to this game 30 days after release to play co-op. Most players will go through the single player and move to the next game. Anyone interested in this game due to it's co-op will probably drop it off their list with the idea of coming back to it later. These days it seems like developers and publishers don't want people to wait on purchasing their games. Of course, anything is possible and nothing is 100% predictable.

      I would like to know if THQ is adding the "co-op" feature tag on the back of the retail cases.

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        August 9, 2011 9:11 PM

        This will definitely make we wait to buy for certain. Lately I have just been looking for excuses to just wait for a steam sale anyways.

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      August 9, 2011 6:51 PM

      THQ has pulled the original forum post making this announcement and told Shacknews details on the game's co-op mode will be revealed later. The post has been updated to reflect the deletion of the Community Manager's remarks.

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      August 10, 2011 1:51 AM

      Hmmm, makes me think its being rushed out the door.

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      August 10, 2011 2:16 AM

      Why does this industry think this is acceptable?

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        August 10, 2011 2:46 AM

        Yeah, how dare they give free content post-release.

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