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Developer(s) Arrowhead Game Studios
Publisher(s) Sony Computer Entertainment
Director(s) Johan Pilestedt
Designer(s) Johan Pilestedt
Patrik Lasota
Programmer(s) Anton Stenmark
Mikael Bauer
Linus Nilsson
Mikael Berglund
Artist(s) Calle Schytt-Winberg
Jim Svanberg
Niklas Malmborg
Therese Jansson
Oskar Kuijken
Lucas Örström
Composer(s) Johan Lindgren
Engine Bitsquid
Platform(s) PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, PlayStation Vita
Release date(s) NA March 3, 2015[1]
EU March 4, 2015[2]
Genre(s) Shoot-em-up, Top-down
Mode(s) Single-player, Four player co-op
Distribution Digital download

Helldivers is an upcoming top down shooter game developed by Arrowhead Game Studios. In Helldivers, the players need to learn to coordinate their actions during chaotic combat game play, to succeed in combat and to avoid friendly fire casualties.[3] The game will be released for the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita.[4]

Game play[edit]

The game is set in a procedurally generated universe where the community must fight three different enemy species to ensure the survival of fictional Super Earth. Gameplay takes place on one of several procedurally-generated open world missions where players must accomplish a series of objectives. The players are required to make their own decisions, where to deploy, in what order objectives should be completed and when to call down certain pieces of equipment, referred to as stratagems within the game. Before missions the players select from a wide variety of weapons, perks and stratagems to accomplish their objectives.


As with Arrowhead Game Studios's previous title Magicka friendly fire, the ability to harm teammates, is always on and there is no way to disable the feature. This requires the players to carefully plan their actions during the games many chaotic combat sequences.


When the game was shown during Gamescom 2013 the game's difficulty included three levels: Challenging, Hard, or "Hell Dive".[5]

The build presented at E3 2014 and Gamescom 2014 however indicated there to be more than 9 difficulties, depending on which planet the player chose.


The dystopian universe of Helldivers has mankind ruled by a 'managed democracy',[6] an improvement of contemporary democracy where the outcome of elections are more predictable. The improved democracy has become more than a way of electing a government, it has become a creed by which the brainwashed inhabitants of Super Earth fight for - without fully acknowledging what it means.

Super Earth, the fictional futuristic Earth is beset on all sides by three hostile enemy races that, according to the government, in one way or another needs to be subdued. And while the Helldivers are a pure combat unit, they are often tasked with retrieving technology, activating oil-pumps or other activity that is deemed important by the government to preserve freedom and the 'way of life'.


IGN played the demo version of Helldivers at the 2013 Gamescom, and reviewed the demo positively.[5] Game Informer also gave the demo a positive rating, commenting that it "isn't easy, but this throwback to classic top down shooters is still a good time."[7]


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