Over the years we have seen plenty of great, well developed titles which captured the brutality of the 41st millennium. From the early days of Space Hulk to the long line of successful Dawn of War titles, there has been a lot of celebrate. Despite this, one of the most beloved in recent years was Space Marine, which captured the visceral ground level combat and prowess of a near immortal warrior of the Emperor.
It brought dignity back to the Ultramarines after Matt Ward all but ruined them and even proved to be a great multiplayer title. It just had one major flaw: The tale ended on a cliff-hanger with Captain Titus being taken into the custody of the Inquisition under suspicion of corruption. Fans have debated back and forth on what would happen, but now we finally have our answer from the game’s director for what was to take place next.
In an interview on Penny Arcade Report, Raphael van Lierop spoke of his plans to have Titus effectively go rogue in a sequel: “The second part of his story was to focus on a ‘Titus Unleashed’ plot—basically there were forces arrayed against him that would see his loyalty to the Adeptus Astartes pushed to its limit, and his reaction would be to kind of ‘go rogue,’ and we'd see a different Titus, not quite as in control as we saw him in Space Marine.” This action was to lead to his exile, an effective death sentence for an Astartes, and start to see his disciplined mind slip into more of a broader savage state.
While not specifying exactly what would take place, van Leirop made it clear that the action would be a test of true endurance and survival for Titus. Following this, he would return stronger than ever in the following title. The third Space Marine game would then follow, to quote van Lierop’s words, for him to return and “‘clean house,’ but as the head of a brand new Chapter that we would build around him,”
How well this would fit into established canon is unknown. Despite the outline here it still leaves many questions unanswered, such as Titus’ resistance to the corruption of the Warp, an aspect many put down to him being a pariah. Similarly the idea of an entire chapter being built around him would be something very unlike what we had seen before, especially given the considerable control the Imperium has on Space Marines founding new military forces due to the Horus Heresy. None the less, the idea of a disgraced character leaving, surviving and returning stronger than ever is a theme in a number of fan favourite book series. Both the Grey Knights trilogies and the Bloodquest saga contained elements of this idea and are considered classics.
van Lierop concluded his statements by hoping that this would provide some closure to fans of Space Marine.