‘It’s already on us’: Helldivers 2 review’s infamous bomber cape is ready, but Arrowhead is looking for the ‘right time to release it’


Amidst all the shooting and major orders, one of the most notable battles Helldivers 2 players engaged in was with the game itself. This took the form of a review bombing campaign in retaliation for Sony withdrawing Helldivers 2 from sale in 177 countries and territories that do not have access to PSN.

After suffering major declines on its Steam page with over 211,000 negative reviews, which pushed Helldivers 2 to “Mixed” status, developer Arrowhead has gone to great lengths to regain some of the love: “We are talking to Sony about solutions, especially in non-country areas PSN”, now former Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt he tweeted. “Your voice has been heard and I do my best to speak on behalf of the community, but I do not have the last word.”

This statement actually only made things worse for a while, as many players became frustrated with the seeming denial of blame. Things really started to look up for Arrowhead after Pilestedt shared a post on the community featuring a cape with a review bomb design. What started as a fun “what if” question turned into a significant community effort as most players flocked from PSN to this stylish cape.

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We know that the cape has been in the works for some time: Pilestedt even shared a tiny teaser on Twitter. You can only see a tiny part of the headland, but I would recognize those vicious red lines (which indicate a decline in negative reviews) anywhere. Despite knowing about its existence, players were unable to obtain it. They still can’t, but that could change soon.

Pilestedt has since started doing just that Twitter again to confirm that the cape “is now complete on our end, but we want to find the right time to release it.” I’m not sure what Arrowhead is waiting for, maybe they’ll release a cape as a reward for a future big order, or maybe they’re waiting for more problems to get the company into trouble. One player suggested in replies that “it would be a good move to release the game at the same time as re-releasing the game in other regions.” While Sony hasn’t budged an inch from its stance on PSN accounts for other games like the PC release of God of War Ragnarök, we’ve finally seen the company blink and retract its stance on Helldivers 2 players, making this idea became possible.

This news also comes in the wake of a moral conundrum that Helldivers 2 players had to face – save a hospital full of sick kids or get a sweet new weapon. After the surprise reveal that the players had actually teamed up to save the children, Pilestedt also announced that this would be the case donating $4,311 the Save the Children charity as another kind of reward for a job well done.

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