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Helldivers 2 is about to get even more hellish with deadly flying bugs

If you thought the Terminid were already tough in Helldivers 2 then buckle up, because it looks like flying bugs are descending on PS5 players.

Helldivers 2 shriekers: An image of a Bile Titan in Helldivers 2.

Ever since Helldivers 2 launched on PS5, we’ve been haunted by the Terminid in our dreams. Whether it is the Bile Titan’s acidic spit or getting ripped apart by a Stalker, there are loads of threats to leave your blood cold. Now, reports of flying bugs are taking over the airwaves, and Arrowhead Game Studios is playfully denying their existence. 

After growing sightings of these terrifying new enemies in one of the best co-op games around, Helldivers 2 game director Johan Pilestedt jokes that he is hearing “rumors of flying bugs in Helldivers 2. I want to officially refute such preposterous claims.” If you ask us, covering up the existence of a looming Super Earth enemy isn’t very patriotic. Yet, Pilestedt is intent on committing to the bit, reinforcing the quest for peace and liberty in the acclaimed multiplayer game.

“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 good people,” Pilestedt says. But what exactly are PS5 players seeing? Not only has Arrowhead stealthily dropped these enemies in-game with no mention in the latest Helldivers 2 patch notes, but they appear to function like an airborne version of the Stalker. You’ll need to rid the map of their nests, which currently share a resemblance to Spore Spewers.

Helldivers 2 shrieker bugs: An image of Helldivers 2 game director Johan Pilestedt talking about flying bugs.

However, unlike those pesky Stalkers, you won’t find these flying foes in every Terminid session. Their spawn-rate seems to be fairly limited, at least for now, until the Cutting Edge Warbond update arrives. We recommend getting your best sharpshooters in your squad, as this airborne vermin won’t hesitate to swoop down and rip you apart. That’s nothing a few bursts from the Breaker can’t handle (we hope). You can always rely on this underrated weapon, too.

Despite Arrowhead’s denial, you can actually see the forthcoming enemy type on the game’s cover art. Explain that one, Arrowhead.

Helldivers 2 flying bugs: An image of the Shriekers in Helldivers 2.

While many of you are preparing to fight Shriekers one of the best PS5 games, we’re worried about a far bigger enemy – one that we haven’t seen the full scale of yet. Dune-style sandworms could be on the cards soon, and they may arrive alongside the return of this creepy enemy faction.

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