Helldivers 2 Bots Back From Malevelon Loss Stronger Than Ever

A screenshot of a Helldivers 2 player fending off Automaton ships.

Image: Arrowhead Game Studios / Sony

War…war never changes…or at least that’s what some people say. They’d be wrong though, because in the case of the satirical co-op shooter Helldivers 2, war is frequently changing—often at the behest of the players—into a neverending nightmare. The war that players signed up for when Helldivers 2 first launched is no longer the same one they’re fighting these days. It’s only gotten worse.

After what was believed to be a decisive win in Malevelon Creek—otherwise known to the wider community as “Robot Vietnam”— earlier this week, Helldivers 2 players realized what a cruel joke the victory was. Almost immediately after, cloaked ships were spotted in the atmosphere above several Automaton-controlled planets, portending a grim omen of what was to come. Before long, players were reporting sightings of Automaton gunships hanging in low orbit and raining down hell on the battlefield. As if that wasn’t bad enough, large quadruped tanks (not unlike Star Wars’ AT-ATs) known as factory striders were also spotted. So not only do they fly now, but they’re also packing more heat than ever before.

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