Forget Call Of Duty, Warhammer Needs A Helldivers 2 Collab

For freedom, for democracy, *FOR THE EMPEROR!*

Story Highlights

  • Helldivers 2 and Warhammer 40k fans have been begging for a collab event.
  • The two dark fantasy universes share more than just similar themes and lore.
  • The potential for a collab between Helldivers and Warhammer is undeniable.

Warhammer 40k fans are always on the lookout for exciting new ventures that bring the grim darkness of their beloved universe into unexpected territories. While collaborations with big-name franchises like Call of Duty can certainly garner attention in the world of 40k, there’s a sleeper hit waiting in the wings for the perfect crossover: Helldivers 2.

From the gameplay to its themes, Helldivers 2 and Warhammer 40k are two worlds that fans want to collide. Whether it be in the form of DLC, cosmetic bundles, or an in-game crossover event, Helldivers 2 is the perfect setting for a collaboration with the grimdark future of the 40,000th Millennium. So buckle up, because we’re about to send some Xeno scum back to the void where they belong.

Unexpected Crossovers

Warhammer 40k enthusiasts have been getting loads of cool stuff lately. There are the usual novels from Black Library, the Rogue Trader narrative RPG, and even an upcoming Amazon series led by Henry Cavill himself. And guess what? The Warhammer universe will also soon be popping up in an unexpected place – Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3.

Dataminers in the Call of Duty scene have uncovered plans for a crossover event. If it’s true, players could jump into the boots of a Space Marine or a Sister of Battle, the warriors of mankind who go around the universe squashing heretics and Xeno filth. Personally, I was hoping for regular soldier types like Guardsmen or Death Krieg, but one can dream.

And get this, even PowerWash Simulator is getting a Warhammer DLC soon. Yeah, you heard that right. You’ll be playing as a member of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the fanatical techno-wizards who worship machines. Armed with a fancy power washer, aka the MKII Aqua-Santica Arquebus, you’ll be blasting away blood and grime in style.

I bet there’ll be tons of cool easter eggs for fans to find as they play. And judging from the trailer they showed off during IGN FanFest, I’m pretty sure the voice acting is going to be suitably dark and gritty. Looks like they really took the phrase “Purge the Unclean” a bit too literally. Just make sure not to mess anything up, you don’t want to be turned into a Servitor, do you?

A Perfect Fit For The 40k Universe

When considering potential crossovers, it’s essential to evaluate the thematic compatibility between the two franchises. While Call of Duty may boast a massive player base and cinematic appeal, its modern military setting doesn’t quite align with the grandiose, dystopian universe of Warhammer 40k. Helldivers 2, on the other hand, offers a seamless fit.

The game’s focus on relentless warfare against alien threats mirrors the perpetual battle against Xenos and Heretics in the 40k universe. In Helldivers, players fight to protect Super Earth from alien invaders, a narrative thread that resonates deeply with the story of Warhammer 40k. The Terminids, Helldivers’ insectoid enemies, bear striking similarities to the Tyranids of 40k, while the Automatons share parallels with the dreaded Necrons.

Helldivers 2 Is The Perfect Setting For A Warhammer 40k Collab
Helldivers 2 Is The Perfect Setting For A Warhammer 40k Collab

The Potential For A Collab

PlayStation and PC have been begging for the game to come to Xbox so that they can call in the support of Halo players for their expertise in alien slaying. While I too believe that Helldivers should come to Xbox, I don’t think Halo fans are the ones you need help from. No offense, but Warhammer 40k players have been squashing bugs and destroying machines since 1987.

If there’s anyone you’d want by your side liberating Malvelon Creek (a moment of silence for the lost planet), it’s the messengers of the God Emperor of Mankind themselves. Even the recent fan-dubbed “Traitor Helldivers”, who betray and kill their allies in-game, is the perfect opportunity to introduce the Helldivers equivalent of the Chaos Cultists from Warhammer 40k. Simply put, there’s a lot of potential.

Expanding The 40k Universe

For Warhammer 40k enthusiasts, the chance to explore new aspects of the universe is always a welcome addition. While established mediums like novels and tabletop games offer rich narratives, video game collabs provide a unique opportunity to delve into uncharted territory. Helldivers 2 presents an ideal platform for expanding the 40k universe, introducing elements and factions that may not receive as much attention in traditional media.

The potential return of the Illuminate from the first game just adds to the pile of reasons it should get a Warhammer collab. Drawing parallels to 40k’s own Eldar, these advanced “knife-ears” could serve as catalysts for new storylines and conflicts within the game. Just adding a new race of super-advanced baddies trying to stop the spread of Democracy and getting in the way of Super Earth.

The Illuminates Are The Eldar Of The Helldivers Universe
The Illuminates Are The Eldar Of The Helldivers Universe

Elevating The Gameplay

Beyond narrative enrichment, a collaboration between Helldivers 2 and Warhammer 40k holds promise for enhancing gameplay dynamics. The incorporation of iconic weapons, equipment, and abilities from the 40k universe could inject new life into Helldivers’ already wild gameplay loop. I can name a few planets that could use a virus bomb run, though I doubt it’ll come to that.

Imagine wielding heavy bolters and Ceramite Power Armor or piloting a Dreadnaught (which I have to point out looks very similar to the Hulk-class Automatons) or a Titan into the heat of battle to turn the tide of battle. With the addition of Mech Suits coming soon, I doubt it’s a reach. A seamless integration of Warhammer 40k elements could elevate the strategic depth and immersion of Helldivers 2.

Moreover, the introduction of Warhammer 40k-themed missions, objectives, and enemies could provide diverse gameplay experiences for both newcomers and seasoned veterans. From facing hordes of Terminids in desperate last stands to battling Chaos cultists (Traitor Helldivers), the possibilities for engaging gameplay scenarios are endless.

The Road Ahead

While the vision of a Warhammer 40k collab with Helldivers 2 may seem like a pipe dream, the potential is undeniable. As fans continue to await new experiences in the 40k universe, devs have a unique opportunity to heed their calls and forge new alliances across the gaming landscape. Spreading democracy in the name of the Emperor, anyone?

In the end, whether it’s purging heretics in the name of the Emperor or defending Super Earth from alien threats, the journey is as important as the destination. As we eagerly await news of potential collaborations and future endeavors, one thing remains clear: the one thing that brings gamers together… is making sure that humanity always stays on top.

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Saif is a seasoned video game journalist who works for eXputer. His passion for gaming was nurtured by playing on arcade emulators since his early childhood. Specializing in writing opinion pieces, he dives into the intricacies of the latest titles, the gaming industry, and the wider community. A sucker for good storytelling and a love for immersive worlds, Saif eagerly explores the latest releases while turning his thoughts into engaging and entertaining articles. Writes Opinion Pieces at eXputer || Education: Bachelors in Psychology.

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