Like a moth to a flame, Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt can not help however tease the way forward for Helldivers 2 each time he logs on to Twitter.

As we speak, after penning a cryptic tweet about giving Tremendous Earth residents “extra formally regulated and mandated freedom,” Pilestedt replied to at least one fan’s idea for a tripod-equipped minigun with a curious perception into a special, unreleased Helldivers 2 gun.

“Gatling weapons as help weapons are cool, however provided that they precisely characterize the insane recoil. We might, however it’s going to require some actual cool mechanics,” Pilestedt replied to at least one fan.

“You could possibly add a deployable tripod meaning to kill recoil, you kill your personal means to maneuver, 3 second deploy time, 3 seconds to pack it up,” responded Twitter person FedNet23. “In case you are in undeployed mode, recoil needs to be savage until a 2nd participant helps you retain it secure holding a 2nd rail.”

“This was the thought for the HMG,” Pilestedt wrote again, earlier than instantly tweeting: “Nevermind. There is not any such factor as HMG.”

Whereas Pilestedt would not make clear what “HMG” stands for, he is seemingly referring to a heavy machine gun that does not at the moment exist in Helldivers. Effectively, it would not exist anymore. This isn’t the primary time such a weapon has come up—in the course of the very first hours of Helldivers 2’s launch in February, a number of gamers reported seeing a “MG101 Heavy Machine Gun” help weapon stratagem within the unlocks menu. A number of hours later, it apparently disappeared, however not earlier than they snapped a screenshot of its in-game description. In line with that description, the HMG is “a really highly effective however difficult-to-wield machine gun with intense recoil.” It will have unlocked at stage 12, between the Autocannon and the Railgun.

helldivers 2 heavy machine gun

(Picture credit score: Johan Pilestedt through Twitter)

We will solely see the again of the HMG within the deleted in-game description, however its look traces up completely with one other bizarre icon that is disappeared from the game in current updates. For a number of weeks in Helldivers 2, the common machine gun was represented on the map with an icon that seemed nothing prefer it. As captured by one Reddit person, the mismatched icon depicts a bigger gun with a spherical high and a tripod. Sounds loads just like the idea Pilestedt shared.

MG-101 stratagem eliminated mere hours after launch? from r/Helldivers

So when will the HMG see the sunshine of day? It is unusual that the weapon was yanked from our clutches hours after the game went reside. And I can not assist however discover Pilestedt talked concerning the tripod idea up to now tense—has the HMG been scrapped altogether, or will it return in a special type?

I can see it entering into a number of fascinating instructions. If the “heavy” machine gun might pierce heavy armor, like that of a Charger or Hulk, that’d immediately make it probably the most highly effective computerized gun within the game. It’d make sense if such a beefy gun was uncontrollable from the hip. Perhaps followers are onto one thing with requiring a second helldiver to melt the recoil.

Bizarre machine gun icon from r/Helldivers

With Helldivers 2’s galactic battle in a lull after consecutive chaotic weeks, there’s a number of hypothesis about the way forward for the game going round. The continued leaking of unreleased APCs and buggies into public matches might recommend we’ll get our first autos quickly sufficient, however game grasp Joel most likely will not be there to hand-deliver them.