No person in my circles appears to recollect Helldivers, the superb top-down shooter that Magicka studio Arrowhead launched in 2015. It had large bugs, 4 participant co-op, hardcore lethality, and a cool provide drop mechanic that required punching in directional codes in the course of a firefight. It was nice, and as Arrowhead developed it with Sony assist, it was additionally technically the primary game Sony printed on PC.

We lastly bought our first have a look at the long-awaited sequel, Helldivers 2, throughout right now’s PlayStation showcase, and the top-down shooter I like is trying a bit totally different.

Judging by the trailer, it seems like Helldivers 2 will convey its digicam all the way down to a third-person perspective. That is certain to be a serious change to how Arrhowhead’s video games normally play, however Danger of Rain 2 pulled the same trick when it moved away from 2D pixel artwork into a totally 3D game, and that labored out nice.

The glimpses of gameplay proven right now seem like Starship Troopers crossed with the armored bravado of Warhammer 40,000. The brand new photoreal artwork type and the massive environments recommend that that is simply the largest game that Arrowhead has ever made, and possibly the costliest. Maybe Helldivers 2 might be a full $70 game, just like Returnal.

However in contrast to Returnal, we can’t have to attend two years to get this PlayStation game on PC. The trailer notes that Helldivers 2 is coming to “PS5 and PC” in 2023. Thrilling.