Helldivers 2 gives out free cape in memory of Malevelon Creek struggle

Arrowhead is commemorating a community-generated story
Arrowhead / Sony

You have to give it to Arrowhead, the developer behind Helldivers 2: It has created a wonderful sandbox for its community to roleplay in and does everything in its power to support the stories created by players inside and outside of the game – and perhaps the most powerful of them all so far, the struggle for Malevelon Creek, has now been commemorated by a free cape given out to all players. It may take a little while until it reaches your account, but the system is currently in the process of handing out capes in remembrance of the fallen heroes of the Creek.

Malevelon Creek is a dark jungle world on the Automaton front, which fell early on in the war – but some Helldivers never gave up and continued to battle the robots on the planet’s surface even as the worlds around them fell and the supply line got cut off. Commonly called Creekers online, the stubborn troops holding out on Malevelon Creek are both admired and looked at with suspicion. 

After all, they refused orders to redeploy to the Terminid front when danger there was greatest – it seems like Super Earth has forgiven this transgression now that Malevelon Creek has been liberated once more as part of Operation Swift Disassembly.

“The President of Super Earth has officially recognised this day as Malevelon Creek Memorial Day,” a presidential decree posted in the game reads. “Every year on this day, Super Earth citizens will unite for a full three minutes of their lunch break in solemn remembrance of those who gave their lives to free Malevelon Creek. In addition, all Helldivers have been issued a special commemorative cape, so they may carry the memory of their fallen companions into battle.”

Called “Fallen Hero’s Vengeance” and sporting a crimson skull on its black-and-white back, this cape provides no additional bonuses other than the morale boost every patriotic citizen of Super Earth must feel when wearing it.

Though the Automatons have begun a powerful counterattack against the progress made by the brave Helldivers in recent days, fielding lethal new walkers and gunships, there is absolutely no way in which Operation Swift Disassembly could go wrong at this point. Right, Joel?

Anyway: The struggle for Malevelon Creek is an episode in Helldivers 2 history that was written by the community’s enthusiasm and roleplaying alone – and it’s great to see a developer going with the flow.

Yesterday, a new Helldivers 2 update brought big balance changes to the game and increased its level cap.

Marco Wutz


Marco Wutz is a writer from Parkstetten, Germany. He has a degree in Ancient History and a particular love for real-time and turn-based strategy games like StarCraft, Age of Empires, Total War, Age of Wonders, Crusader Kings, and Civilization as well as a soft spot for Genshin Impact and Honkai: Star Rail. He began covering StarCraft 2 as a writer in 2011 for the largest German community around the game and hosted a live tournament on a stage at gamescom 2014 before he went on to work for Bonjwa, one of the country's biggest Twitch channels. He branched out to write in English in 2015 by joining tl.net, the global center of the StarCraft scene run by Team Liquid, which was nominated as the Best Coverage Website of the Year at the Esports Industry Awards in 2017. He worked as a translator on The Crusader Stands Watch, a biography in memory of Dennis "INTERNETHULK" Hawelka, and provided live coverage of many StarCraft 2 events on the social channels of tl.net as well as DreamHack, the world's largest gaming festival. From there, he transitioned into writing about the games industry in general after his graduation, joining GLHF, a content agency specializing in video games coverage for media partners across the globe, in 2021. He has also written for NGL.ONE, kicker, ComputerBild, USA Today's ForTheWin, The Sun, Men's Journal, and Parade. Email: marco.wutz@glhf.gg