In the grim darkness of the 41st Millenium, few weapons are more iconic than the chainsword, the preferred melee weapon of the Imperium of Man. Inelegant but brutally effective (especially in the hands of an eight-foot-tall genetically enhanced super soldier wearing a suit of powered armour), the fearsome chainsword is the star of a short spotlight trailer for the upcoming Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine 2, where players will undoubtedly find plenty of opportunities to do the Emperor's bloody work.

The chainsword has a bit of Final Fantasy VIII's gunblade about it in that it's a cool but wildly impractical weapon if you think too hard about it. In Space Marine 2, players will use the gory gadget to rip and tear armour from Xenos and heretics alike, and it can be used to create openings with the game's take on a perfect parry, setting enemies up for a blood-drenched finisher. We'll be hoping for the appearance of the even more outrageous Eviscerator two-handed variant, capable of bisecting just about anything with legs (or tank treads).

Are you looking forward to taking a chainsword to the enemies of Mankind? Are there other particular pieces of gear you're hoping to see make an appearance, such as a power fist, perhaps? Let us know in the comments section below.