Helldivers 2 development confirmed months after first game release


The new success of Sony on PS5 and PC owes its existence to three consolidated science fiction IPs. Now we also know the development time that Helldivers II had.

No one expected it, but Helldivers 2 is another success of 2024. The sequel to that notable shooting game on PS3, PS Vita, and PS4 has become Sony’s most played release on Steam, surpassing titans like God of War.

Not only that, but Helldivers 2 has already sold about a million copies between PS5 and PC, while it is improving its connection issues due to server congestion.

Now that Helldivers II is one of the trendiest games, many wonder where the idea of making a third-person shooter of ”bug hunters” came from, typical of a franchise like Alien.

We now have the answer. The CEO of Arrowhead Game Studios, responsible for the game’s development (Sony acts as a publisher), has answered some questions through Twitter/X.

Yes, it is clear that Starship Troopers (the famous movie by Paul Verhoeven) is the great inspiration behind Helldivers 2, but it is by no means the only one.

”How it was made” Helldivers 2

Through his personal Twitter/X account, the CEO of Arrowhead, Johan Pilestedt, has revealed a few details of the successful science fiction shooter for PlayStation 5 and PC.

The first Helldivers was released in 2015 for PS3, PS Vita, and PS4, also enjoying an Ultimate edition full of additional content.

Well, we now know that the development of Helldivers 2 began shortly after the release of the original game, confirmed by Pilestedt himself.

This is what he said on social media:

Agreed! Helldivers 2 has already been released, 7 years, 11 months, and 26 days of my life dedicated to creating a game that really becomes a parody of my favorite movies and books from my childhood”.

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The guys and girls at Arrowhead Game Studios spent no less than 8 years developing this sequel, which has already become one of Sony’s pillars for GaaS (game as a service).

In addition to Starship Troopers, Helldivers 2 is inspired by two other science fiction franchises that were very popular in the late 90s and early 2000s, especially on PC.

This game has been on my mind since a couple of friends and I tried to make an SST (Starship Troopers) mod for the original Serious Sam and a mod for the original AVP, to bring the experience and parody to life”.

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Serious Sam is a well-known first-person shooter franchise, born in 2001. Meanwhile, AVP is an Alien vs Predator game series, which had up to three installments, an expansion, and several DLCs between 1999 and 2010.

Helldivers 2 has been available since February 8 on PS5 and PC (Steam). If you like bug hunting and alien science fiction, don’t hesitate to try it. And if it’s with your friends, even better.

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