Helldivers FAQ and Resources

We will try and keep this FAQ as updated as possible with all the latest relevant and useful information

What is the Galactic Campaign and how does it work?

By playing Helldivers, every player (both PC and PlayStation players) in the world participates in the same 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. The challenge of the campaign is dependent on the performance of the entire community in the previous campaign.

The Galactic Campaign takes player numbers into account when attack or defend events are created. The difficulty also scales to how well the players have been doing. If players win wars and events then the events get more difficult, and if the players lose then the events get easier – all to create a fair game where both outcomes are possible.

The players, Humanity, has been doing extremely well for a long time and so it has slowly been ramping up. Most of all wars have been won. Now that the game has been out for a year and there is a smaller player base, the campaign and events should scale by itself to match the players. We will of course also keep a close eye on it in case something needs a change.

Why can’t I play against one of the races? Why are they locked?

Helldivers work together to defeat the enemies of Super Earth in a global meta-campaign called the Galactic Campaign. When a race is defeated it is locked out until all the other races are also liberated (defeated).

But don’t worry! One all the races are defeated the Galactic Campaign resets and all three races become available to play once again after a day or two.

Helldivers DLC

If you own the Helldivers game, but not the deluxe edition, there is a Mega Bundle in both the PlayStation and Steam stores which will give you most of the DLCs in one big pack, saving some money. (Please check what DLC comes in your package as this may vary from region to region and during special promotions.)

You can also buy DLCs separately in smaller packs if you would only like to purchase one or two packs and not the full bundle. Check the stores for the full list of options!

On PlayStation Helldivers DLC is sold as an entitlement, meaning that only the primary account which purchased the DLC is able to use it, but DLC can also be shared with other local players while in the same game or logged into the account which purchased the DLC.

When purchasing Helldivers DLC on PlayStation, please note that the regions of both the game and the DLC packs need to match in order to use it. For example, you will not be able to play if you have purchased the Asian DLC bundle and are playing with the European version of the game.

Do I need the DLC to have fun? Is DLC necessary?

No! The beauty of Helldivers is that you can mix and match many different loadouts and we have designed the DLC especially to just be a fun variant rather than a necessity to play. It is definitely not pay to win!

However, most players do find it fun to have a wide variety of options and the Mega Bundle is highly recommended by the community. Here you can find some community written DLC guides :)

Is the game active? Is there a high population? Is matchmaking easy?

Yes it is! It is true the game has been out for a long time now, but on the forums players still report that they can always get a game, no matter the time of day or region.

Sometimes there may not be the exact difficulty which you want, but if you host your own game you will nearly always get players joining your game very quickly :)

Is the community toxic?

You will always find some trolls or toxic people within a game, but on the whole the Helldivers community is one of the nicest and most helpful communities there are.

We have a lot of veteran players who are happy to take newbies under their wing and show them how to play or explain the best tactics. (There’s a lot of written community guides for new beginners which are linked in this post)

Can friendly fire be turned off?

No, it’s a huge part of the game’s design. It wouldn’t be as fun or challenging without it!

Is the camera always shared?

Yes. It is designed this way to help enforce teamwork and cooperation. It will not be changed in the future as it is one of the other main mechanics of the game, just like FF.

Will it have local multiplayer/online play and is there a single player offline mode?

Helldivers offers 1 – 4 player both local and online co-op multiplayer for both PC and PlayStation. You can also play the game offline with 1-4 local players, however when played offline, mission progress will not contribute to the global Galactic Campaign.

If you are playing on PlayStation you can play using any combination of PlayStation systems, for example you can have two players on the PS4, one on the PS3 and one on the PS VITA.

Is there cross-buy, cross-play, cross-saves between PlayStation and PC?

There is no cross-play, cross-play or cross-save between PC and PlayStation. However, both PC and PlayStation players will contribute to the same Galactic Campaign. There’s a nice post here by one of the Rocket League Devs explaining why cross-play is tricky.

PlayStation platforms (PS4, PS3, VITA and PS TV) come with full Cross-Save, Cross-buy and Cross-Chat. If you buy it for one PlayStation platform it will automatically appear for download on the others. 

Can progression be transferred from PlayStation to PC?

This will not be possible, sorry! :(

Gamepad/Controller Support

All controllers which support Xinput or Directinput should work. These include the most popular ones such as Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 and the Steam Controller.

Resources

This Reddit post has a long list of user walkthroughs and playguides full of tips and tricks.

We try to update it as much as possible. If something is missing just leave a comment in the thread and we will try to add it!