New Helldivers 2 update sneaks Automaton AT-AT walkers and gunships past the patch notes | Gaming

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What you need to know

  • Helldivers 2’s latest patch has stealthily added two new Automaton units to the game: the Factory Strider and gunships.
  • The former is a colossal heavily armored six-legged walker with a heavy laser cannon, front-mounted laser miniguns, and the ability to periodically spawn Devastator shock troops.
  • Gunships, meanwhile, spawn from factories on the map and rain lasers and rockets down on players from above.
  • Both require good armor penetration to damage, though the Factory Strider is particularly tanky and demands the use of heavy weapons like rocket launchers. It doesn’t have a weak spot, though gunships take more damage when hit in their engines like regular Automaton dropships do.
  • The patch that added these also included a wide variety of different fixes and balance changes. I’ve included the full patch notes at the bottom of this article.

Less than 24 hours after Helldivers 2 players started to spot huge cloaked warships orbiting over Automaton planets, the bot menace has begun calling in the cavalry. Following the release of a new patch early on Tuesday morning, Super Earth forces have started encountering two new stealthily added enemy types: heavily armed and armored walkers and lethal gunships that rain fire from the skies.

The former are massive four-legged walking fortresses called Factory Striders, and while the Helldivers 2 community is colloquially referring to them as “AT-ATs” from Star Wars, they’re much closer to Republic AT-TEs from the prequel era. Like the Clone Wars tank, Factory Striders attack with a massive laser cannon up top as well as rapid-fire blasters in the front. Oh, and in…

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