Sony, Arrowhead Studios announce Helldivers

A cross-play game for PlayStation 4, PS Vita, and PS3.

Sony Computer Entertainment and Magicka developer Arrowhead Game Studios announced Helldivers for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3, and PS Vita at Gamescom.

The game, built for both single-player campaigns and four-player co-op missions, is a top-down shooter set in a satirical and dystopian future where mankind is run by a managed democracy.

“As part of the elite unit called the Helldivers, you choose your deployment zone and dive into battle on procedurally-generated battlefields,” Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt said on the PlayStation Blog.

“Once there, utilize overpowered weapons and Stratagems to defeat the enemies of mankind. Working together as a team will be vital, whether calling in strikes or placing weapons, each action must be totally synchronized to achieve objectives.

“As with all Arrowhead games, friendly fire is a key part of the game, and if you’re not careful with the Helldivers explosive firepower, you’ll lose the mission and a few friends along the way.”

The game will also have cross-play and cross-save capabilities between all three PlayStation consoles.

Helldivers “isn’t just a four player co-op campaign,” according to Pilestedt, but a co-op game “that relies on the global efforts of the entire Helldivers community.” The combined efforts of the community will affect the game’s larger campaign, one where “every battle counts and victories unlock cool content for all.”

Watch the debut trailer below. View the first screenshots at the gallery.

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