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Helldivers: 5 Things You Need to Know

Johan Pilestedt's Avatar + Posted by Johan Pilestedt on Feb 19, 2014 // CEO and Game Director, Arrowhead Game Studios

Hey there, Johan from Arrowhead here. I’m excited to give you an update on how Helldivers is coming along since our announcement at Gamescom in August. For those of you who haven’t seen much of the game – Helldivers is a top-down, twin stick shooter set in a dystopian world, coming to PS4, PS3 and PS Vita this year. As a part of an elite fighting force “The Helldivers,” you battle for humanity against 3 formidable alien races, protecting the inhabitants of Super Earth from the ugly realities of intergalactic warfare. But how did this ugly war begin? Hmm…

Intergalactic Campaign

Helldivers is all about team work, the entire community wages a intergalactic war played out over 4-6 weeks (we are still tweaking the exact time frame), every victory and every defeat impacts the war which can be either won or lost, depending on the efforts of you – the community.

Whether you’re cooperating with your 2-4 person squad or fighting steadfastly alone, you choose the mission that matches your capabilities. Rise through the ranks and earn new weapons and perks or save entire planets for that most valuable asset: the Stratagems.

Helldivers on PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Say Hello to the Cyborg

Up to this point, we showed you one of the enemy races in the game, the Bugs. In addition to the Bugs, Super Earth is also at war with the socio-feudal Cyborg Nation, a race of bionically augmented separatists that once were part of the Super Earth federation, but now have declared their sovereignty. The Cyborg’s heavy armor and projectile weaponry presents the Helldivers with a very different tactical challenge, where the “fire & maneuver” doctrine is of essence.

Helldivers on PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Cold as Ice

At Gamescom, we showed you the desert environment, and today, we’re unveiling the second environment – ice. Not only do you need to band together to fight the alien races, you need to stay on your toes to tackle the dynamic environments that dictate your fighting techniques. Beware, if you wander from the solid rock to the deep powder, your squad will need to trudge through the snow, slowing you down and rendering retreat impossible.

Helldivers on PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Strategize with Strategems

Probably the most essential part of the game (aside from your comrades) are strategems. Each player selects their load-out prior to the mission, containing up to four support strategems of their choosing. Called in by the player, stratagems are key to deciding the outcome of battle, a few of my current favorites are automated the defense turrets, napalm, heavy artillery for busting tanks and jump packs. One thing with Helldivers that never seems to get old is the bickering and strategic talks when selecting the stratagem composition with your team.

Yes, There Are Mechs!

To tackle some of the unforgiving environments and challenging foes, Helldivers have a fleet of advanced vehicles – the most frequently deployed is a mechanical armored biped that wreaks absolute havoc. The standard mech is equipped with a Gatling gun and a grenade launcher pod.

Helldivers on PS4, PS3, PS Vita

Remember, all of the weapons in Helldivers are very powerful to counter the tough alien races that mankind faces, as such almost all weapons can tear a man in half. In the heat of battle, nobody is safe.

Watch out for Helldivers, available for PS3, PS Vita and running in beautiful 1080p and 60 fps on PS4, later this year.

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35 Comments

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+ Gorvi on February 19th, 2014 at 7:14 am said:

This looks like so much fun. I can’t remember if it’s been announced, will this be Cross Buy and/or Cross Play across all three platforms?


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+ Firelogic on February 19th, 2014 at 7:19 am said:

Game looks fantastic! I love twin-stick shooters!


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+ ChazzyChazX on February 19th, 2014 at 7:22 am said:

is this a cross buy ?! cant wait for ps vita version thou


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+ BearAntlers on February 19th, 2014 at 7:28 am said:

How about a release date?


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+ swceh007 on February 19th, 2014 at 7:30 am said:

I know this has nothing to do with this game but I’m trying to find an answer.Like comments #97 & #100 on PLAYSTATION STORE UPDATE Blog post 2/18/2014.I’m having a problems trying to purchase games on the PSN store on my PC. there is no buy button on games only on movies&tv,I cant add anything to my cart. Can someone tell us when the store will be fixed? or what the problem is or even acknowledge that the store has a problem. Someone please answer this post!!!
Thanks for your help


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+ JeRzYzFyNeSt on February 19th, 2014 at 7:43 am said:

this game is on my list =))


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+ ModSquade on February 19th, 2014 at 7:45 am said:

Two questions.
Is it cross platform play like Dragons Crown? (Seperating the player commnuity via different consoles can kill a player base for online play)
Also will there be a Platinum Trophy for players who wish to invest more then a few hours?


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+ klassymike on February 19th, 2014 at 8:12 am said:

@swceh007

Instead of spamming your questions on every blog, have you even once considered calling Sony’s Customer support line?? Anyway, I’m pretty sure your question was answered on the Store update, not by a moderator, but by someone else who was having the same problem. Read the comments. These blogs have absolutely nothing to do with your question.


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+ MKPACK on February 19th, 2014 at 8:17 am said:

Cross Buy

I’ll be much more likely to buy this if it is cross buy. I hope you choose that customer friendly approach.


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+ Bad_Brains on February 19th, 2014 at 8:23 am said:

Looks good! Hopefully it is cross buy.


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+ nduval on February 19th, 2014 at 8:27 am said:

Well now, this looks awesome.


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+ xclaw on February 19th, 2014 at 8:50 am said:

From the one screen shot it look like there may be couch co-op, please tell me this will be available?


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+ automaticjp on February 19th, 2014 at 9:13 am said:

Looks good. Can’t wait till I can get my hands on it.


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+ italodancemp3 on February 19th, 2014 at 9:14 am said:

Damn it looks so cool on my vita :) can’t wait


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+ gwarlito on February 19th, 2014 at 9:49 am said:

definitely getting this, not sure if I’ll play it on PS4 or Vita……PS4 if it runs and looks better than other versions


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+ Ryumoau on February 19th, 2014 at 9:57 am said:

i’ll try this if it has a demo.


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+ JKar275 on February 19th, 2014 at 10:06 am said:

I’m interested but I would like to play a demo/free trial to see if I really like this type of game.

Therefore, please make every effort to produce a demo/free trial.

NO DEMO/FREE TRIAL = GUARANTEED NO PURCHASE!!!


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+ D-Squad3 on February 19th, 2014 at 10:21 am said:

6. Release Date


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+ Dark_Yoda_313 on February 19th, 2014 at 10:32 am said:

Twin-stick shooter = purchase.


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+ andremal on February 19th, 2014 at 11:08 am said:

I am all over this when it releases. I just watched a video on IGN where Colin takes the game for a spin and gets so sucked in he kept forgetting about doing commentary. Sold!


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+ alphagoku1 on February 19th, 2014 at 11:26 am said:

that’s fantastic. any idea on a date range? like maybe march, may…. even late February?or a demo if its not gonna be for a few more months? but thanks for more info on the game,


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+ snakeman07 on February 19th, 2014 at 11:47 am said:

@#21 Summer is all they’ve really said at this point.


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+ tusunami on February 19th, 2014 at 12:53 pm said:

You know what after i seen top-down shooter i am already thrlled to play this game when it comes out soon. And they say why buy PS Vita or PS4 there are no games for it. The quality of games are on there way, glad i got mine from amazon day 1!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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+ aelurio1980 on February 19th, 2014 at 1:29 pm said:

OMG, I really want this game.


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+ gilgamesh21 on February 19th, 2014 at 2:24 pm said:

This looks interesting!

1. Will local offline co-op be available for at least two players? Will offline LAN or system link between two systems be available?

2. I really hope the weapons have a good feeling “punch” to them when you press the trigger. Will they have a good interaction with the controller, and sound effects, to achieve this feeling?

Thanks!


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+ Kaneda_Neo-Tokyo on February 19th, 2014 at 2:59 pm said:

Since E3 I’m looking for this.


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+ CommandingTiger on February 19th, 2014 at 4:20 pm said:

Apart from resolutions:
PS3=720p
Vita=540p
PS4=1080p

Will their be better graphic textures on the PS4?
Will you take advantage of the PS Vita Touchscreen?


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+ Elvick_ on February 19th, 2014 at 9:58 pm said:

Need more twin stick shooters. So, I’m looking forward to this.


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+ iREVOLTER on February 20th, 2014 at 2:52 am said:

Just say that it is a cross-buy and cross play title and i’m in. Please! I don’t want to pay 3 times for same game.


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+ HanGlacy on February 20th, 2014 at 4:20 am said:

just campaign? no survival mode? or any more gameplay?


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+ HerrTruffle on February 20th, 2014 at 6:11 am said:

This game looks outrageously dope. The stratagems sound like they add a nice element of strategy to what already looked like a great co-op top down shooter. Can’t wait to find out more.


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+ dienes18 on February 20th, 2014 at 9:15 am said:

Whats the release date?


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+ JMBlakk on February 20th, 2014 at 9:50 am said:

Just saw some gameplay footage on IGN and this game looks good. From what I know this is the FIRST GAME that will be cross play on ALL 3 PLATFORMS and for marketing purposes you should take advantage of that. Try your best to make this game cross buy as well. I know that production of this game it probably a bit higher because it is on all three platforms but if it is cross buy I am sure you will see a lot more sells. Early summer is a great time to release this game because that’s when school ends for most like myself but also because you can announce something crazy at E3. I am looking forward to this game and can’t wait to play it but I do need to know if it will be cross buy, if it is not then I hope you will be releasing demos so I can make a decision on which of the 3 consoles I would play it more on. Thank you and a $20 price point for cross buy would be ideal.


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+ genius527 on February 20th, 2014 at 2:30 pm said:

Somebody please tell me more about this because this “REALLY” interests me. And when does this game come out?(hilldivers!!)


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+ reson8er on February 21st, 2014 at 10:08 am said:

You had me at “Mechs” looks pretty great:)


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