Helldivers celebrating Liberty Day 2016! – Competitions, Livestream, Reddit AMA

Citizens of Super Earth,

Thanks to your bravery in the Galactic Wars we are once again able to wish you a magnificent Liberty Day!
In celebration of this historical anniversary we are hosting some competitions and other events, as well as giving away free equipment to all Helldivers. Read on for full details.

New Liberty Day equipment

To celebrate Liberty Day all players will receive the new rifle M2016 ‘Constitution’ and the Liberty cape.

The M2016 ‘CONSTITUTION’ is a reproduction of the old M1903 service rifle used in ancient times. It is fairly ineffective in combat but is used within the Super Earth Armed Forces as a ceremonial rifle. Every citizen is issued one once they turn 16 to encourage service.
While not recommended to bring into the field, it is certainly possible to use for the very skilled or the very brave.

The LIBERTY CAPE is given to every Helldiver so they will be able to celebrate the big day in style, while also showing their dedication to protecting the precious Liberty we enjoy today.

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In addition to the new Liberty Day gear there are two more capes which have been added to the game – the Community Cape and the Developer Cape.

The COMMUNITY CAPE is given as a reward to outstanding individuals who have participated in – or helped out – the Helldivers community in various ways. Whether that be assistance in solving bugs, guiding new recruits, winning competitions or actively participating and engaging in forum discussions, these individuals can be distinguished from other recruits.

The DEVELOPER CAPE allows you to recognize members of the developer or publisher teams amidst the chaos of battle. (Shooting or badgering developers will not earn you any rewards, rather the opposite. We just wish to enjoy spreading democracy side by side!)

Livestream and Reddit AMA

Tonight between 18:00 and 20:00 CEST we will be playing Helldivers with the community so come and join in! The event will be livestreamed on Arrowhead’s Twitch channel and all information about how to participate is soon available there.
We would love for anyone joining to be on voice chat so we can say hi to you, and you can ask us questions. Someone will also be monitoring the Twitch chat most of the time.

Helldivers Game Designer and Producer, Patrik, will also be taking part in a Reddit AMA over in the Helldivers subreddit. Make sure to stop by and say hi. The AMA thread will be stickied at the top of the page.

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Cape Competition

To celebrate further we’re giving all Helldivers the chance to win their very own Community cape. Make sure to check the rules carefully so your entry counts. You can win a cape in one of the two ways below.

There will be 3 winners for each category who are awarded with the new Community cape and a few Helldivers goodies. You may participate in both but will not be selected as the winner in more than one.

Deadline for your entry is Monday Oct 31st, 09:00 CEST.

DESIGN YOUR OWN CAPE

Show off your skills outside the battlefield and design a cape for the soldiers of Super Earth. We want to see your very best creations! Designing a cape is purely for fun and will not be featured in game.

  • Only one design per person, please do not make multiple entries. If you submit more than one entry we will accept the first one which was submitted, regardless of the quality.
  • You may use any medium you like such as scanning a drawing or designing it with a computer program. If you would like you can use our cape templates: Flat version with plain background or Cut out version with transparent background.
  • The top 3 designs will be chosen by the Helldivers art team and the winners will receive their own Community cape and goodies.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave your design in the comments below on this blog post. You must log in to Disqus, we can’t accept anonymous entries. There is an option in the bottom left hand corner to “insert image”.

COMPLETE THE SENTENCE

“Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain [choose your own name!] exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

  • Please submit only one comment per person. If you submit more than one entry we will accept the first one which was submitted, regardless of the quality.
  • You need to use a minimum of 50 and maximum of 100 words. We will abide by this rule so double check to make sure you haven’t gone under or over the rule. Our starting paragraph is not part of the word count.
  • The top 3 stories will be chosen by the Helldivers Game Designer and the winners will receive their own Community cape and goodies.

HOW TO ENTER: Leave your entry in a comment below on this blog post. You must log in to Disqus, we can’t accept anonymous entries.

UPDATE: COMPETITION WINNERS!

Thank you to everyone who participated! We were blown away by all the entries and it was pretty hard to judge, but in the end there had to be some winners.

The three winners of the cape designs, in no particular order, are: The Jonasan with the cape most likely to be seen in-game, Kelvin for the stylish appearance and Timbrewolf’s very fun cape.

The winners of the short story are, in no particular order, are:

Idrtmsr – for badass action

“Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Takeko exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

Bodies littered the shuttle wreckage. One soldier stood amongst the carnage.
“Objectives lost ma’am. Extract in-bound.” He slowly smiled. “I’m staying.”
The word “REASON” was smeared with orange hemolymph across his weapon.
“Standard issue RL-112 soldier? You a Section 8?” she asked.
“No ma’am. Bugs don’t respect liberty. I make them listen to ‘REASON’.”
Skittering beyond the wall of smoke.
Getting closer.
Smiling herself, she dropped a beacon and ordered her squad to extract.
“Distractor ma’am?”
“Attractor beacon” she said.
Both grinning now.
Back-to-back.
Time for some fun.

Glitch32 – for pure dread

“Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Kitsune exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

Hearing the familiar scurries of a bug patrol, her training and experience immediately took over as she quickly pulled herself from her pod, pointed her Punisher, and fired two shots. She prevented the patrol from alerting any other bugs but this did little to ease her anxiety. She checked her HUD as the rest of her team crawled out of their pods. Landing next to a patrol was common. Landing next to a bug patrol on a Cyborg planet was unheard of. Their mission had changed. Super Earth had to be warned. The war fronts were spilling over into each other.

Vahmose – for humor

“Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Fansipaunce exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

“Grenade! Get down Fanny!” She hit the deck just in time to avoid a wave of shrapnel that littered the air over her Hellpod’s impact zone. As she stood, Fansipaunce yanked free a metal shard that had sliced into the rock by her head. She handed it to Johnson with a half-hearted scowl, “That’s Captain to you, recruit.” He nodded apologetically, fumbling with the piece. Her scowl deepened, “Where are the others?” Johnson pointed toward a set of tire tracks leading up to the nearby cliff’s edge, “I told them bringing the bike was a bad idea.”

Winners make sure to message us on info@arrowheadgs.com so we can verify your name and address!

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  • wahboosthybrid

    Once again Arrowhead come through for the community, well done.

  • Uncle Funkle

    Lookin’ forward to this update

  • T.G. Liles

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c807815179c7f32a3d478231101e39fe949f0da006abf176b13a5a491a842011.jpg

    My submission for the cape contest. Thank you for the opportunity to enter and thank you for such a wonderful and fun game!

  • yO

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Galeron exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan… What followed was a mix of emotions and sensations familiar and yet beyond control to the Captain and her squad. The blinding spasmodic swath of light in the distance it seemed had now swallowed the world whole. It could only be a sign of one thing, impending doom. The nigh-omniscient reach of the Illuminate Great Eye had sensed the arrival of unwanted guests. Yet as the crew gazed upon their captain’s face, Galeron was unfazed. A thousand deaths awaited her in the moments to come. A thousand more she would willingly give for the future of Super Earth.

  • Shane Houstein

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Webb exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan. The ground beneath her feet flashed every color of the rainbow, her head swaying back and forth in unison with the white noise pulsing in her ears. Through the incessant buzz she could hear the muffled cries of her teammates: “Illusionist! Fall back!” But it was too late. She had seen the light; she suddenly understood that everything she had ever known was a lie – Super Earth, The Helldivers, democracy – all of it, and she had to put a stop to it. She turned on her team mates, and fired.

  • Emigrantes

    “you can find it here” template link don’t work

  • ruefrak

    To honor the fight, I had a big cup of Liber-tea for breakfast this morning. It tasted like democracy!!

  • Robert James

    I’m just happy I caught this game while it was still active. I just joined the forces last September and I wish I joined earlier.

  • Emigrantes

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f8c54eca3d9332b0de00d730c99134390409378e7e6327d247aa119c38acce42.png

    My submission for the cape contest. Thank you Arrowhead for a wonderful game! We still waiting for new content! :)

    • The Whitest Of Fangs

      Loved the shape

  • Lifshets

    Short cape, both in training

  • Joshua Arceo
  • drine2

    Please give me the developer cape, I looooove it :(

  • cusman

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Reynolds exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan.

    Her fourth squad-mate was casting a shadow on her feet as she was propelled forward. She tried diving for cover but was unable to avoid the crushing impact of the last squad Hellpod landing right on her as so many squad leaders have had happen to them before. After a short stint in the void, as she emerged again from a reinforcement Hellpod, she saw the squad was fully emerged in battle with the alien hordes. The plan had changed, but she smiled as she remembered her M2016 ‘Constitution’ from her sweet sixteen. She was ready for anything.

  • JupiterJumperMan

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain King exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan.

    Two hellpods crashed into a mountain, seeing her soldiers tumble down to their death wasn’t a motivating sight but still, she gathered her strengh and pushed forward. Through heroic leadership she was able to lead on and finish the objectives and finally arriving at the extraction point. That is when a giant enemy signal appeared and the ground started to shake revealing a hive lord fortunately steve the pilot landed right on it breaking it chitinous plating and killing it instantly. Good thing steve doesn’t give a shit.

  • The Conquestor

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Morel exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    The sound of cocking filled the air as she stood amidst a field of Cyborg. Staring her down by their sights, several tank barrels eagerly poking their way through the crowds. A gust of air rustled the snowy barrens as there was a moment of silence, before the call to fire came. An ethereal vision of a square spurring Captain Morel to dive to the ground as the army opened fire.

    Blowing eachother apart with reckless abandon, the carnage lasting until only one lowly grunt remained.

    It was in that moment, he uttered “WHY CAN’T WE SHOOT DOWN.”

    —–

    Besides the point, I would just wish to recommend you potentially read a thread I posted a long time ago on balance issues in the game https://www.reddit.com/r/Helldivers/comments/4ab2b3/fixing_the_helldiver_arsenal_unbalanced_equipment/

    I doubt there is much priority in patching the game that much after it has been out for so long, but either way. It would really help the game seeing as there is so much content in it that goes unused.

  • Jeremy Medina

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Jennings exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    What should have been a sparsely populated entry point on the snowy, borg-infested planet was anything but. Jennings emerged to find her squad’s position hopelessly surrounded by heavily armored units, her squadmates screaming as they are dragged off by cackling abominations of flesh and metal. Jennings reaches for her ‘Justice’, and unloads round after round of freedom into the monstrosities. Out of ammunition, and fearing their fate of capture, Jennings deftly punches in her coordinates for a hail Mary. As the cold steel grasp of her captors hauled her off, she smugly looked skyward at the Shredder heading her way.

  • Vahmose

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Fansipaunce exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    “Grenade! Get down Fanny!” She hit the deck just in time to avoid a wave of shrapnel that littered the air over her Hellpod’s impact zone. As she stood, Fansipaunce yanked free a metal shard that had sliced into the rock by her head. She handed it to Johnson with a half-hearted scowl, “That’s Captain to you, recruit.” He nodded apologetically, fumbling with the piece. Her scowl deepened, “Where are the others?” Johnson pointed toward a set of tire tracks leading up to the nearby cliff’s edge, “I told them bringing the bike was a bad idea.”

    • Congrats!! Shoot us a mail and we can send your prizes :)

      • Vahmose

        Awesome! Glad I could participate :)

  • My entry for the cape contest. Although I couldn’t stop myself from drawing the rest of Armor.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0ba4244533be2de4d405b0734c12164d483b81e157115ebc9f333cebebbddb0a.png

    • Bruno

      you are the law!

  • Dalivus Morgan

    “Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of
    launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all
    familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Morgan exited the Hellpod she could
    tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    Her team was nowhere to be found. A window popped up on the HUD of her helmet display; intel from the drone high above. Two patrols in the vicinity but without her team the strategy had changed. She made her way to the terminal punched in the
    uplink the code. She shouldered her SG-225 and held her position, but the arrival of the Hellbomb meant the party was
    over. Opening the failsafe cover she pressed the switch and ran. Moments later the S.A.M. site went nuclear in a dazzling display of freedom… score one more for Managed Democracy.”

  • Sparklewiggle2

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Spark exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan.

    “We’ve got bugs!” Screamed one of her squadmates, making her turn around abruptly and spotting a tank class bug charging towards her and her squad. “Get down!” Spark’s voice bellowed as she jumped out of the way, cringing as she heard one of her squadmates scream when being trampled by the bug. She quickly faced the beast, pulling up her arm and began typing in a stratagem. She tossed the beacon and stood before her fallen comrades, facing the tank as it began to charge at her.
    “3..” She said to herself as the bug neared her position, snarling viciously.
    “2..” She breathed out as she looked at the sky.
    “1..” She finished with a smirk, watching the pod transport down into the tank, making it’s body snap and lay still as the lifted upwards and two EAT-I7 Mk3s came out. She walked over the lifeless corpse and picked up an EAT-I7 Mk3 and watched as another tank appeared.
    “Let’s get this over with.”

  • Saku

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Sakura Watanabe exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    The LZ was a whirlwind of tyranny in the form of flying bullets, roaring in the face of Justice.

    The only other Helldiver to have landed on the correct side of the Ridge of Socialism was Private Eduardo. Eduardo, bless him, was already clearing the LZ of Cyborg terrorists with his massive belt-fed machine gun, a graduation present from his 12-year old sister.

    Sakura swiftly liberated the nearest Cyborg attacker of his gray matter with her trusty side-arm. 3-round burst, straight to the eyes. She knew not to take any chances with these robotic half-men; shoot until they are Liberated For Good.

    After ridding the LZ of the second-rate enemy civilization with Eduardo, she got on the radio with Command.

    “Captain Watanabe to Command, status report over.”

    “There’s good news and bad news, captain. There’s a full squadron of Infantry Fighting Vehicles plus infantry
    barreling down on your position. I make it at least 20 of them.”

    She took a moment to let that sink in.

    “What’s the bad news?”

  • Robot_Warrior_

    “Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Dru1976 exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

    Her team was in absolute disarray already. As she emerged from her pod, it was to the lingering screams of her squished teammate from underneath her pod; remnants of yet another Helldiver who found themselves on the wrong side of a supersonic landing.
    Flexing her gloved hands on the grip of her RX-1 RailGun, the Captain calmly called a reinforce request, and then lifted her sniper rifle to her shoulder. This was not going to be one of those easy Helldives. The thought split her face into a wide grin as she began clearing the area of enemies.

  • Niclas Hellgren

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Kerfilicious exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    “Yo! Sorry in advance, I’ve been absent from battle for a few months” Captain Kerfilicious explained. She looked at the revolver in his hand, and then the “Ninja” on his back. “Captain.. This is an ice planet” she carefully explained. “Yeah.. I kinda forgot about the weather thing boost..” They stared at each other for a while. “So uhh.. You got ammo boxes? The Ninja-“, suddenly she popped out of existence.

    *HELLDIVER HAS LEFT THE BATTLE*

    Captain Kerfilicious died alone that day, clinching his beloved Ninja. A single tear rolled from his eye.

  • Antti
  • Slizarus

    Again and again, a Happy Libertea day! (Yes, I’ll have a cup.)
    You guys are the coolest and I know Helldivers is mostly in it’s Maintenance stage but it is still one of my favorite games. Thank you guys for being awesome :)

  • Bogdan Parhomenko

    Well done Arrowhead! Looking for update

  • Kelvin

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c30c4e0d28ce355959d4d6c84486b8fa253ae18b9656dc522f4defb22efb8e2d.png

    I feel like a noob for using the template, but nevertheless; Ta-Da!

    Holo-nut Cheerio cape. XD

    • FALLING TOILET

      Amazing!

    • Congrats Soldier! You won! It would be great if you could shoot us a mail with your details so we can give you the prizes! :)

      • Kelvin

        Going to follow the example of fellow cape-couturier Timberwolf and pop my email here; just in case. – wartdog@gmail.com

        Can never be too careful when goodies are on the line!

        • I’ve sent you an email – keep an eye out for it ;D

  • SpitzerFX

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Michaels exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan.

    The arid desert breeze, unfamiliar to the Super Earth native, was as invasive and unwelcome as the bugs they’d been dispatched to eliminate, as it carried dust and particles into the receiver of her M2016 Constitution, and into her lungs. Scanning the horizon of the barren wasteland, a once-beautiful planet now left in ruins by the alien infestation, she sighed with both contempt and anger. Though, identifying her first target – a bug scout, haunched and preparing to alert its nest – she flipped down her visor and levelled her rifle with steadfast determination. “How about a nice cup of Liber-tea?”

  • Bruno

    Hello everybody, my name is Bruno, I’m a big fan of Helldivers game, and I wanted to thank you for this wonderful game created by arrow-head team.
    Anyway, that’s my cape:
    The Hell-Lord Cape! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/98c830a16a28ee47e80e50145fcc01a181ba7b31864e6acc0529755bc085f12d.jpg

  • sBob
    • Si Aust

      Kinda looks like the skull is throwing up but I like it :D

      • sBob

        Hahaha, thanks!

  • Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Steele exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    Blue streams lit up the sky as rookies all around her threw out stratagems while others resorted to melee with the bugs that swarmed them. “Typical” she thought as she pulled out a red stratagem labeled Shredder. “Of course command would send me out here to help liberate this godforsaken rock with a bunch of amateurs” she muttered as she lobbed the beacon as far as possible, landing amongst some of the soldiers holding back the wave. Many men began retreating away as the captain walked away making a single statement into the comm…
    “Welcome to the war, kids.”

  • Gabriel uz
  • Benjamin Aguirre

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Underpants exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan because his patriotism was on display on his head rather than his cape. Soon to follow, he screamed “Freedom!!!!!” as he went into the rush of battle and was captured and slaughtered by the Cyborg henchmen!

  • Katherine

    This is my entry for the “Complete the Sentence” Contest. Fingers crossed.

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Sanguine exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan… As she takes a step out into the arid desert, she looks down at her rifle, an LHO-63. Most call this weapon and their users “Campers” as they are generally used when stagnant, though for a Helldiver, they really need a new name. Idle thoughts aside, Sanguine flicks off the safety of her rifle, turning her head to her squad. Her eyes narrow and she freezes, listening closely. After a few moments, she hears it, the skittering. She checks her squad once more, the recruit needing help to don the support kit for the RL-112. Hearing a thud behind her and dirt spattering the bottom of her cape she turns around. Her eyes widen as she spots a small bug that starts letting out an ear-piercing screech. She raises her rifle, the laser sight lighting up the front of the insect, and she fires. With a sigh, after a moment of calm, she lowers the rifle. “Maybe it’s just my own paranoia.” She mutters to herself. The ground shudders, and she struggles to catch her footing. She starts to sink into the ground, letting out a scream. Right when she is about to disappear, her feet touch solid ground, or so she thinks. Losing grip on her rifle, she flails, being forced upwards with breathtaking speed, the sand below her turning into a rock hard carapace. She looks back towards her team, standing on top of this behemoth of a bug, her squad looks back up at her, frozen stiff.

  • Timbrewolf

    My entry for the cape contest: something practical. The mantra repeated by every Helldiver, now immortalized on a cape. Practice, practice, practice.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f2863d1f1e561415b287a9111976d78acfd5a1c4e21cf10494f85c36508f475f.png

    • The Whitest Of Fangs

      Haha :-D

    • Congrats Soldier! You won! It would be great if you could shoot us a mail with your details so we can give you the prizes and send you your stuff! :)

  • Ben Atherton

    My entry for the story contest: Important Lesson
    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Ripley exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…
    She saw no sign of the enemy Cyborgs. People bustled past them in Super Earth Uniform. “What’s going on?” She muttered. “Admiral said we were supposed to sabotage a new Cyborg weapon being tested, all that’s around is a desert colony!” Just then, a red fog descended upon the colony. All exposed skin became hard and metallic. Ripley left the colony behind, without losing a single man. The weapon those abominations known as Cyborgs used is not fully understood, but you should all remember that you must sometimes make hard decisions to save your squad. Class dismissed.
    Email is themoss64@gmail.com

  • Adrian

    really appreciate the new cape and weapon but just out of curiosity why is the patch for it big I mean its one gig but its for just a cape and a gun I can understand if there is more or added but how two small items be that big to download?

    • TheNinth

      The new items aren’t just downloaded as new files, they have to be patched in to multiple big files.
      My theory is that the big files were optimised for loading times, rather than being easy to update.

  • Josh

    My creation for the cape https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/d7c27ba599b922545a4e3a29bfaf56d312a39903e14e5b2f1dcd8740da913393.jpg contest. I may have got carried away… …just a little bit..

  • Tony La Vella

    Her Squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The
    sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her chair was all
    familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Ylva exited the Hellpod she could tell
    everything hadn’t gone according to plan….

    Instead of launching into an escalating combat situation, she
    stepped onto a rolled out ceremonial blue carpet, two flanking columns of
    clapping soldiers and a crowd cheering and shouting praise at her! A banner above exclaimed, “Happy Birthday Captain!” It was a
    surprise birthday party put on by the city for her tireless work defending the
    region.

    A server pressed through the party corps to offer her and
    her squad a celebratory shot. They toasted with heroes brandy served in a
    recently dispensed shotgun shell. Mmm,
    gunpowder, her taste buds scorched. War rationing restricted genuine brandy,
    this was contraband. Skål!

  • Wireable Carrot
  • Glitch32

    “Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Kitsune exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

    Hearing the familiar scurries of a bug patrol, her training and experience immediately took over as she quickly pulled herself from her pod, pointed her Punisher, and fired two shots. She prevented the patrol from alerting any other bugs but this did little to ease her anxiety. She checked her HUD as the rest of her team crawled out of their pods.

    Landing next to a patrol was common. Landing next to a bug patrol on a Cyborg planet was unheard of. Their mission had changed. Super Earth had to be warned. The war fronts were spilling over into eachother.

    • Terrifying! Send us an email and we can send you your supply pack ;D

      • Glitch32

        Awesome! I’m glad you liked it! I’m not sure if you can PM someone through Disqus, but my email is: swofford85@gmail.com

        P.S. I’m really digging your games! I’ve had a lot of fun with Magicka and I’m really enjoying Helldivers!

  • peanut3k

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Reilly exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    The city around her was in ruins, unexploded ordinance littering city blocks, artillery left unfired, S.A.M. sites inactive. Yet Captain Reilly still felt a rush of relief as the dropship lifted into the night sky, it’s massive engines almost inaudible over Private Sinclair’s four turrets, whose gunfire lit up the park around her. And even though Private Sinclair was killed. And the capital had fallen, and the region with it, Captain Reilly found herself smiling as the turrets ran dry, one by one, shrouding her in darkness: the mission was a success, and that’s all that mattered.

  • Necroliter

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/37201a3678851e131f340d465271d5202ecda3d5e79182284e36cc5ad86c3c54.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/763ba721f53b2958315b469f3bf8173032e1b203120dc4d25171f6f98e2f10e9.jpg

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ea769c4c3f60d3d0a609f85b2a1c2725f6fbf4a6ad7f03fe4b85228428091b4.jpg

    SO, this is not to win the competition or something but please give us more customization options on our characters and if possible I want exactly THIS for my Helldiver.
    These are not my pictures google “Death Korps of Krieg Commissar” and “Warhammer 40k Inquisition symbol” for reference.

    Thanks!

  • Blade

    Thank you for the update, my cape is very simple and combines the Helldiver Insignia with the Super-Earth Emblem. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9f99c600a99562f25d4c55424104dd822587219ed0a885d1d26ba916953fedbd.jpg

    • Gabriel uz

      COPY

      • Blade

        the skull and cape was copied, this was the best i could do with Paint.

    • Gabriel uz

      COPY AND PASTE !!

  • Flaming709

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Xrystalia Meltar exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    The lava planet she had landed on seared her armor, burning her from the inside out. She was hurting, but pressed onto the mission she had to complete. She dropped in an Exo Suit, donning it and starting to move to activate the S.A.M. sites so she could leave the dastardly place. Cyborgs surrounded and pounds her, she was running low on rounds and rockets. S.A.M. sites were activated but a wave came. She tried to fight, but she was out of ammo. And just as she was about to die, help arrived. Another Helldiver, ready to fight.

  • Alex Ingles
  • Raiven

    Since the update i cant play online. Anyone having the same problem? :(
    Here is a cape design for you . I hope you fix this connection issues soon. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/665e812434bf2305e28325eb9f57f3877fcc848027cd0b2363a8d146c8ea0fe7.jpg

    • PSN have been having a lot of difficulties over the past 24hours – check the status in your region. Hopefully it should be resolved soon, we will keep an eye on it to see if it could be on our end but there’s not much we can do about PSN network problems.

      • Raiven

        There is a video on youtube with the same problem. Search for “helldivers version 5.00 ” . I also think it has something to do with region since sometimes i get disconected when other players join helldivers. But now it shows 0 players and no friends, while i can see my friends playing. Hope i helped somehow. Thank you for the fast reply.

  • David

    I couldn’t decide which one to go with for a long time, but then I wanted to be a bit more original, so please count what follows as my official entry=) Hope you enjoy a bit different take.

    “Her squad donned their gear and
    entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces
    pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Lucy
    Hale exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to
    plan…””

    …She was at café where she first met
    her future husband, those deep eyes staring through her soul. She was at her
    wedding, straight from hear dreams and she hoped it’d never end. She was at a
    hospital giving birth to her twins, most rewarding experience ever. She was…

    …Suddenly she coughed up blood and clenched her stomach. For a moment

    pain was unbearable. She rose up to find herself lying in bed in empty, dark room.

    One tear rolling down her cheek as every other night. She survived the war,

    but she didn’t feel fortunate at all…

    Here is my second short story. Hope it makes sense. Had to cut it down from 147 words to 99 to meet criteria. Also am I blind or did I miss the deadline for the short story? I see 10/31 for cape, but…. Anyway here it is. Thanks!

    “Her squad donned their gear and
    entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces
    pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Lucy
    Hale exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to
    plan…””… As the Hellpod door ejected open she was met with a view of clear sky
    dotted with hundreds of Hellpods falling like shooting stars. As she tried to
    unbuckle the harness she spotted another Hellpod on approach along her vector of
    landing. She tried pulling harder and failed to notice Vanguard bug climbing on
    top of her overturned Hellpod. Just as it was about to strike, Lucy was able to
    shoot through its brain killing thing on the spot. Moments later everything
    went black as another Hellpod landed on top of her turning her body to a bloody
    pulp.

  • Trey Hucks

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Morgan exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…
    There was Lucy, exiting her pod, in Ranger armor. Now Captain Morgan knew Lucy was new to the squad and probably didn’t realize that Morgan always wore the Ranger set. Morgan approached Lucy about it, and despite the desert sun, Morgan was met with the coldest shoulder. Morgan did not appreciate Lucy’s tone nor her explanation of how a Bug in a Bikini would look better than Morgan. Morgan turned to her breathing exercises learned after the court mandate from last year, in retrospect Morgan should have done those first… instead of sneakily placing that drop pod beacon right beside Lucy.

  • electronicpanda

    His squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing him into his chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain electronicpanda exited the Hellpod, he could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    “There shouldn’t be anyone crushed under my pod!” he thought. Who could it be? Reynolds? No, died last week when she decided to bring M2016 as only weapon to the battle… Jennings? Nah… she went crazy at simulator and still at rehab. Maybe… King? Nope… already in the stomach of that giant monster… While these thoughts were passing by in his brain, suddenly he heard a sound of hellpod above his head. It was already too late… As soon as Captain [choose your own name!] exited the Hellpod, she could tell everthing hadn’t gone according to plan…

  • Joshua Stewart

    The new rifle is pretty trash, but honestly that’s one of the reasons it’s fun, Get a squad of 4 and handicap yourself and make it even more frantic fun!.

  • idrtmsr

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Takeko exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    Bodies littered the shuttle wreckage. One soldier stood amongst the carnage.

    “Objectives lost ma’am. Extract in-bound.” He slowly smiled. “I’m staying.”

    The word “REASON” was smeared with orange hemolymph across his weapon.

    “Standard issue RL-112 soldier? You a Section 8?” she asked.

    “No ma’am. Bugs don’t respect liberty. I make them listen to ‘REASON’.”

    Skittering beyond the wall of smoke.
    Getting closer.

    Smiling herself, she dropped a beacon and ordered her squad to extract.

    “Distractor ma’am?”

    “Attractor beacon” she said.

    Both grinning now.
    Back-to-back.
    Time for some fun.

    • botoru_bandit

      learned a new word today, “hemolymph”. thanks. also, nicely done on your story!

      • idrtmsr

        Thank you!

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  • Lone Star State Mama
  • Kirinith

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Celia exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    Their LZ was a rocky plateau. The plan called for a HAV; however, her cadets had trapped it between the rocks. “Great, it’s stuck!” one complained, while the other hammered away with his Liberator to nudge it free. Suddenly, they heard a familiar hissing. She whirled, firing at the scout, but the ground was already shifting. A behemoth rose from the sands and began to charge. The cadets dived aside, leaving it to ram the HAV free… and over the cliff. The Helldivers watched as the tangle of bug and metal fell out of sight. “Well. I guess we’re walking.”

  • Dalivus Morgan
  • Tetrino

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Wallace exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    Despite insisting to Navigation that they land her directly ON the assassination target, she was just far enough off the mark to get a spray of Private Edgeton’s blood across her visor as the Cyborg Warlord slammed its arm-mounted cannon into his mulched corpse. The other recruits threw their grenades at it to little effect, barely scuffing its freedom-reflecting paint job; it blew them apart with three successive high calibre rounds in return. Sighing, Captain Wallace prepped the drop beacon in a single fluid motion and rolled the sphere neatly between the Warlord’s treads.

    “Please bloody hit it this time…”

  • Timbrewolf

    “Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Expendable exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…”

    …as another drop pod immediately landed atop her, splattering her all over the desert sands. From inside this new crevasse another plucky Helldiver emerged, shielding their eyes with a free hand against the desert sun and looking skyward…only to see another hellpod rocketing towards them through the stratum. Behind that, a motorcycle, a supply of ammo, a tank, an exosuit, another diver, a machine gun, a rocket launcher, and so on this endless stream of deployables came, all regrettably focused on one single universal point.

  • The Whitest Of Fangs

    Found out about this just in the nick of time…
    I really love the Helldivers capes and so here’s my shot at it!

    I took inspiration from the Starship Troopers medal (http://emblemsbf.com/img/15971.jpg)

    And here’s my entry for the contest:
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/213d9847f6b5496d4582b07b1f0bf4e1411e214521806aa315d0f83ec0a539cb.png

  • The Jonasan

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/0899ffb800747a1d00fab686edcdad628b86038c76e2223074f727ef507e6190.jpg

    For all ye ladies that liberate… black Friday has never come sooner.
    Grab yours before the neighbour does.

    • Congrats Soldier! You won! It would be great if you could shoot us a mail with your details so we can give you your prizes! :)

      • The Jonasan

        Confirming my email address :-)

  • Japikoy Valtierre

    Why is my entry not appearing?

  • Kieran

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/dd0ad06008e30951d2d6e3c7a8d7f2fcf1874a07077586e20a01779e5ebc4a5f.png
    This is my idea, Little red diving hood ;)
    This image was my first time using any digital art software so apologies for the quality & lack of colour :)

  • Nisimus

    The glorious Dickbutt of liberty

  • Renegade Master

    Here is my cape. I’m not much of an artist or anything so it didn’t turn out as well as I’d hoped.
    I tried to make something that was made of multiple parts to make it look a bit more 3D. It was originally going to be made of 2 diamond shapes and I was thinking of calling it something like ‘Diamondback’ but I went for more of a hexagon shape so I don’t know what to call it that would be to do with hexagons.
    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/f02cab0804cd62854b9e68985733e852616189f6e01bd8d60624d2f6a6228cbc.png

  • Ehco Corrallo

    My humble entry: A cape for those who just won’t give up the old fashioned kick of a bullet gun. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/1e1ac0760796aaec591aebaa8c60ea0fa1ff4394a4f34f53a296c9cb5083a90a.jpg

  • solaxys

    This is my entry for the cape contest. A cape for Helldivers who overcame the Cyborgs’ oppression and conquered them. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/9ba327152f239bbb0310b1176f4869f54def9fd8c91526ed77805e975b7f1591.jpg

  • Zachary Koh

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Warren exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…

    She vaguely remembered having been blown away by two Warlords just moments before. Someone must have dropped a hail mary reinforce just before their squad got wiped. They were called Helldives for a reason.

    Now, with explosions everywhere, and about to be overrun yet again, another Hellpod shot from the sky and crushed a pair of bumbling butchers. Out of it emerged an Admiral of Super Earth. He began pirouetting around the Cyborgs, shooting and eviscerating them with his Constitution. Awed by this beautiful dance of death, Captain Warren and her squad fought on with renew vigor.

  • TheNinth

    Her squad donned their gear and entered the Hellpods. The sound of launch countdown followed by the g-forces pushing her into her chair was all familiar by now, but as soon as Captain Senga exited the Hellpod she could tell everything hadn’t gone according to plan…
    The most obvious indicator was the six Vanguards three feet away from her, which prompted immediate fire from Senga and not so immediate fire from her squadmates.
    It became a regular occurrence for Senga to shoot them throughout the mission, milliseconds before they released their spores.
    Only rookies joined her squads, probably because she’s famous for regularly using her squadmates as bait to expose Tanks’ fleshy rears.
    Well, she wasn’t here to play mind games with mindless beings, so one of the rookie squad members became a walking, talking minimap for the rest of the mission.
    And all was well.

  • Kieran

    Congrats everyone! :D
    I hope there will be more contests like this in the future, this one was great :)

  • The Jonasan

    I’m humbled; there were some great submission accross the board. Congrats to all!

  • Falrion

    ill have myself admit that i was a bit late for ths competition