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Helldivers 2 Just Quietly Added Flying Bugs, CEO Insists 'Bugs Can't Fly'

Helldivers 2
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, making those pesky Chargers and Bile Titans easier to deal with. But developer Arrowhead quietly added a new Terminid enemy you'll have to look above the battlefield to find.


Shortly after the patch, some players were surprised to encounter flying Terminids, posting
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. It's quite the surprise, given the fact that there was no mention of them in the patch notes.


Having even more fun with these new flying enemies was Arrowhead CEO and Helldivers 2 Creative Director Johan Pilestedt, who took to X/Twitter to spread some propandga on behalf of the Ministry of Truth. Typical!

"I've heard rumors of flying bugs in @helldivers2. I want to officially refute such preposterous claims. Everyone knows that 'Bugs can't fly,' " Pilestedt wrote. "And I'm not alone in thinking this. The Ministry of Truth agrees that this is propaganda from bug sympathizers that want to brainwash good people. #Lies"

I've heard rumors of flying bugs in
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. I want to officially refute such preposterous claims.

Everyone knows that "Bugs can't fly".

And I'm not alone in thinking this. The Ministry of Truth agrees that this is propaganda from bug sympathizers that want to brainwash…

— Pilestedt (@Pilestedt)
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Jokes aside, the stealth rollout (and Pilestedt playing it up on social media) is a pretty fun way to introduce these winged pests, which are called Shriekers. As
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, it's also a little funny that, the moment Chargers are nerfed, players have another enemy to be terrified of.

As reported by
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, Shriekers aren't in every mission; just those in which Shrieker Lairs pop up. You should be able to see a "Shrieker Lair" side objective on missions where they're available.

The shadow-drop itself is a bit of a surprise, but the addition of flying bugs altogether shouldn't be. While the original Helldivers lacked aerial combat due to the top-down shooter view, its sequel shifts to a third-person perspective. And, as
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, there is artwork for the game showing flying bugs in the background.

The arrival of Shriekers comes just
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. The drive to unlock mechs was part of the Helldivers 2 meta-narrative Galatic War, in which players are tasked with liberating planets from Terminids and Automatons.


Helldivers 2 continues to
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since its release on PS5 and PC last month, keeping the developer busy as it regularly rolls out new content and patches to balance the game. In the month following its release, Helldivers 2 was among the
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, and it reportedly
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across both platforms.

In
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, we wrote: "Helldivers 2's combat feels fantastic, its missions stay fresh and interesting, and its smart progression system doesn't nickel and dime you."

If you are looking to join the fight, IGN has a slew of comprehensive guides to help you get started, including
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.


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