What an overwhelmingly excited response we’ve gotten from the HELLDIVERS release date announcement!
To answer a bunch of your most pressing questions we’ve put together this Q&A with the most common ones. Have a look if yours has been answered and if not, feel free to ask it in the link provided in the bottom.
We will keep updating this Q&A with any question that we can reply to.
Arrowhead Game Studios
Sony Computer Entertainment America
Hardcore, cooperative, twin stick shooter.
March 3 – US, March 4 – EU, March 5 – Asia.
PS3, PS4 and VITA systems.
Dev team size:
Around 10-12 people.
Why was it delayed?
As you’ve all noticed, the first tentative plans of a summer release were replaced with ‘it’ll be done when it’s done’. As the game grew in quality and complexity, so did Sony’s eagerness to support our quest for the Best Game Ever™. Helldivers needed cooler stratagems, more weapons, better enemies, richer worlds, more choices! But with more complexity comes also a higher barrier to understanding the game. The testers all reported the same thing: Helldivers now needed a seriously improved tutorial and user interface.
Then there was the issue of getting the game to run smoothly on the VITA. Quite a challenge with a small team that hasn’t touched the platform before and with many small things to optimize.
We’re happy to say the game is massively improved from what it would have been during summer. Now we’re excited to the point of bursting to finally release Helldivers to all of you!
Will there be a pre-order?
This is still to be announced. We will update as soon as we can.
Will Helldivers offer Cross-Play?
Yes, between PS4, PS3 and VITA, with full Cross-Save and Cross-Chat.
Will it have local multiplayer or only online play?
Helldivers offers 4-player local and online co-op multiplayer, and any combination in between (except for the Vita which doesn’t really support local co-op since it only has one controller). You can have two on the PS4, one on the PS3 and one on the PS VITA for example.
Can you drop in and out?
Yes, at any time another player can join the action. Just don’t stand under their Hellpods.
Will it have friendly fire?
In true Arrowhead spirit, Helldivers features full “friendly” fire, allowing you to “accidentally” kill your friends, again.
Is Vita ad hoc mode supported?
No, but PS4 remote play and PS4 sharing is.
Will it support Playstation TV?
Not from release but further details are not decided.
Is it running at 60fps on PS4?
We are targeting 60fps on PS4 and targeting 30fps on PS3 and Vita.
Will it have a Platinum trophy?
Will there be a Beta before release?
No. But we’ll be happy to deliver you a full experience from the start instead, playing a polished game with everyone else. No risk of growing tired of the game before it’s even done. Much better than a beta! ;)
Will Helldivers be released on PC or Xbox?
There are no plans for other platforms right now, but we will keep you updated if there are any news.
What enemies will you face?
There are of course the space Bugs, a crustacean-like race of varying sizes and types. Then we have the Cyborg nation, a race of bionically augmented separatists with heavy armor and weapons. But we want to keep some of the surprise until you play the game! :)
Is there any character customization? Are there female characters?
You will unlock new equipment and gear as you rise in ranks. There are not only female Helldivers, there are male too!
Is there a single player offline mode?
You can play the game offline with 1-4 local players. However when played offline, mission progress will not contribute to the global galactic campaign.
What is the galactic campaign?
By playing Helldivers, every player in the world participates in a global meta campaign called the Galactic Campaign. Each time a player completes a planet their progress is uploaded and their contribution to the Galactic Campaign will be registered. From time to time, the enemy will try to counterattack, spawning events where you have to defend a city planet from invading enemies. These events give double experience, and should the community fail to defend a planet, the region will be lost. Each Galactic Campaign lasts 4-6 weeks and the challenge of the campaign is dependent on the performance of the entire community in the previous campaign.
How do you plan to support Helldivers after launch? Will there be Downloadable Content or micro transactions?
The after-launch support has not yet been decided, but as with Magicka we do want to support the game with various updates in the coming year. It all depends on what happens after release, if people want more different enemies to fight – that may be what we’re aiming for. Helldivers is not a game of micro transactions.
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