So, I totally knew about this a few days ago while I was at THQ playing the game, but now I get to tell you all about it.  Warhammer 40k: Space Marine is getting a demo, baby!!  HOOAH!!

It’s only a single player demo, but it’ll have to do.  You can get it on XBL and PC on August 23rd and on the PSN the next day on the 24th.

Better yet PC gamers, if you pre-ordered through Steam, you get access to the demo on the 18th!!  Nice.

Here’s the full press blast from THQ:

The Space Marine demo features two very different areas of the game. The first pits the player against an Ork horde outside the gates of a munitions factory. Armed with six devastating weapons, including the iconic bolter and lethal chainsword, the player will get to experience Space Marine’s seamless mix of melee and ranged combat first hand as they take on the rampaging invaders. The second area gives players a taste of the exhilarating Jump Pack sequences where the game’s hero—Captain Titus—takes to the skies to rain death from above.

The demo is planned to launch simultaneously for the Xbox 360®video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and Windows PC on 23rd August and then on PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system on 24th August.

Players who have pre-ordered the digital PC version of Space Marine through Steam will receive an exclusive early access period starting on the 18th of August, running through the weekend.  Steam will also be running a Warhammer 40,000 bundle sale at a very special rate during the same period.  Check out STEAM for more details.

Space Marine ‘Honour Guard’ community members will also get the chance to play the demo early on August 22nd, 24 hours prior to the public launch. For more information on how to sign up to get the demo visit http://www.spacemarine.com/user/register

Stay tuned to RipTen for my hands on impressions of Space Marine and more pics of me posing with this badass Chainsword \m/_((><))_\m/

Sweeeeeeeet