Helldivers 2 players celebrate triumph as last Automaton stronghold falls

Nothing ever went wrong after someone said “mission accomplished”

Helldivers 2 is having a literal “mission accomplished” moment – the final Automaton stronghold has fallen to the assault of Super Earth and High Command is in high spirits, ordering all forces to the Terminid front to subjugate the last of humankind’s enemies.

“Victory is ours, Helldivers,” an official communiqué read. “The socialist Automatons have been purged from their last, desperate footholds within our galaxy. Liberty and democracy have been made safer thanks to your valiant individual sacrifices, and SEAF forces are quickly deploying to former Automaton-controlled planets to rebuild and repurpose them for our own means. Operation Swift Disassembly has succeeded, and the Bot Reclamation is never to prevail.”

It continued: “Our focus now shifts to the Terminid front, where Helldivers are being deployed to pave the way for additional E-710 farms. As we expand the reaches of our great and prosperous society into former Automaton space, greater numbers of resources will be needed, and we must be prepared. Bring that E-710 home, Helldivers!”

This is an exciting time for players – many Helldivers who made it their priority to fight the robots ever since the game launched are making their first foray onto the other side of the galaxy, which is full of giant, man-eating bugs. Another unpleasant surprise awaits them in the form of Hellmire, a bug planet that truly does justice to its name – this burning world with its fire tornadoes almost makes you miss the Creek.

With Super Earth celebrating victory on the Automaton front, it seems to have forgotten that the robots communicated with something outside of the galaxy – and that this something may want to check out why it doesn't receive any more communications. Oh, well. What could possibly be going wrong? It’s not like the strategically important planet of Cyberstan is just two worlds away from the galactic edge and would easily fall to a lightning campaign, now that all forces have been redeployed to the Terminid front.

Seriously, since the War on Terror is one of the conflicts Helldivers 2 so successfully satirizes, it’s safe to say that this “mission accomplished” moment will not result in eternal peace on Super Earth’s western flank.

However, it’s likely that players will get to savor their victory for a couple of days at least – not only have they earned it, there is currently a rampant issue that causes the game to crash. Arrowhead stated that it’s working on a hotfix for this and will likely not drop any significant content before this has been applied and confirmed to be working.

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