While I know this isn’t a realistic possibility, I used to have this dream Arrowhead’s next game would be like a ‘perpendicular’ spinoff of Helldivers. That it would be its own game, and yet still tie into the global Helldivers campaign.
That way, people could flock to the new game, Helldivers fanatics could remain with what we love now, and yet we’d all still be contributing to one global campaign.
My gut feeling based on the Arrowhead CEO’s cryptic quotes about the secret project – that it’s “next level” stuff – is that more likely it’s either off a new game engine or it’s substantially fancier graphics because it no longer needs to support PS3 or Vita. And so in that case it seems like any “interconnection” with Helldivers’ existing campaign seems unlikely. And as a PC-only player now, I guess my other concern is whether the Secret Project gets a PC release at all.
When people beg for Helldivers 2, I don’t think they realize that a successful sequel might render Helldivers’ campaign truly barren of players. Or maybe a sequel wouldn’t be able to pull fans away from the first game and thus would struggle to succeed. I’ve seen this happen with MMORPG sequels and ARPG sequels, among other genres. So to some extent I’d almost prefer the new game be its own thing.
And yet, I still can’t help wishing the secret project and Helldivers could somehow tie together. Like I don’t know, maybe a fun air combat game that ties into the same universe.