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Helldivers 2 players have an idea for the game’s fourth faction

Leave it to the Helldivers 2 community to get creative when it comes to thinking of new factions. With the Automatons and Terminids dominating the game for the past five months, and rumors of a third enemy faction bouncing around for awhile now, players are already looking ahead.

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There have already been leaks and rumors that the mysterious Illuminate will be Helldivers 2's third enemy faction in addition to the Terminids and Automatons. The sudden appearance of a black hole (or is it a black hole?) just under a month ago has done little to quell these rumors, with some impatient players choosing to dive straight in and see what's on the other side.

But before a third enemy faction can even be confirmed, the highly active Helldivers 2 community has already begun speculating about a fourth faction – and how maybe fighting against human traitors could make this faction stand out from the rest. As to whether there could even be a fourth faction in the first place, some users point out that the game's Galactic War map was split into four sections during the game's beta, after all.

A recent discussion thread on the r/Helldivers subreddit started by OreganoCrackYT that really kicked off the hype train about human traitors being a strong idea for a potential fourth faction. Fighting against other humans instead of hulking machines or terrifying insects could be nice for a change. And here's a compelling thought: why not make the elite enemies of this traitor faction Helldivers themselves? Now that would be a nice twist.

However, some hardcore Helldivers fans clearly more steeped in the series' lore didn't hesitate to point out that the Automatons are actually descended from a group of humans who went rogue in the original Helldivers game released in 2015. A fourth human traitor faction could therefore be redundant if you view the Automatons as being the creations of a rogue sect of humans anyway. There's clearly some food for thought here.

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What is sure is that Helldivers 2 could seriously use some new blood in its enemy factions. I'm still loving my time with the game and its high potential for new and chaotic situations to occur at almost any moment, but it is getting a little tedious fighting the same ol' machines and bugs.

Whether the enigmatic Illuminate faction arrives sooner than later, or a group of traitorous humans suddenly steps in – Helldivers 2 could use some freshening up. And I mean more than just weapon balance changes.

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