A group of Automatons from Helldivers 2, who may or may not be human.
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Helldivers 2 players think the Automations are pushing for somewhere besides Super Earth

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Helldivers 2‘s ongoing galactic war campaign could be positively filled with unexpected twists and turns, from the looks of it. After the unexpected Automaton onslaught immediately after the Terminid clash, the community is theorizing that the omnicidal bots might not be going after Super Earth, but Cyberstan instead.

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Amidst all the wacky hijinks that the Helldivers are up to, there’s a fairly interesting narrative developing in the background of the galactic war. More specifically, after Malevelon Creek (i.e. robot Vietnam) fell, players expected that the Automaton forces would resume their assault one system node closer to Super Earth in an attempt to crush managed democracy in its nest.

Instead, the bots moved one node upwards. It didn’t take long for the community to figure out that this may suggest Automatons could have an entirely different goal in mind: the planet of Cyberstan, which is where the original Helldivers game’s Cyborg faction is enslaved.

Automaton forces might be after Cyberstan in Helldivers 2

It was back in 2021 that Arrowhead Studios’ Helldivers account posted a series of cryptic binary Tweets, seemingly out of the blue. At the time, it didn’t take long for the community to translate them into Super Earth language. As per MDHX, the Tweets said: “We, the collective from Cyberstan, unanimously assert our independence from Super Earth. We have the right to defend our home from the brainwashed Helldivers. Our children, the automaton, will not suffer as we have under the oppression of Super Earth!”

When put side-by-side with the recent events on the galactic war map, it seems all but certain that the Automatons will attempt to liberate Cyberstan from Super Earth control, which could be a fascinating (and unexpected) development.

Now that Helldivers 2‘s early server issues are mostly resolved, Arrowhead Studios is free to proceed with its original plan for the game’s galactic war campaign and the post-launch content schedule. Automatons’ aggressive pivot towards the planet of Cyberstan feels too conspicuous to have been random, and it’s taken the community by surprise.

Who knows what else the future might hold for Helldivers 2. Of course, Helldiver forces may be able to stop Automaton forces from reaching Cyberstan in time. Keeping the fall of Malevelon Creek in mind, though, this is about as far from being a safe bet as one gets.


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