Helldivers 2 takes stand against fantastic PS5 cosmetics trend

Helldivers 2 stands against the PS5 cosmetic trend that allows players to wear whatever they want, while also reaping the benefits of other armours.

Helldivers 2 takes stand against fantastic PS5 cosmetics trend
Sean Lawson

Opinion by Sean Lawson


We hope you aren't wanting to be a fashionista as you try and earn all of those Helldivers 2 trophies, as Arrowhead's CEO is adamant that Helldivers 2 will not stoop to the PS5 cosmetic trend doing the rounds: transmog. However, this has me scratching my head and asking the simple question. Why? Still, this won't change the fact the game is one of the best PS5 multiplayer games around.


Helldivers 2 deserves to have a transmog system on PS5

Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt has put any hopes of a transmog system to bed over on X, responding to a user: "We are not doing transmog. It doesn't make sense — equipment looks different because it has different effects. Swapping one for the other is like having an apple that tastes like bacon or the other way around."
For anybody unfamiliar with what a transmog system is, it allows you to change the appearance of your armor while still being able to retain the stats and additional benefits of said armor set. This is great if you find an outfit you love, but the stats are just abysmal. Transmog allows you to become a style icon, dressing yourself however you want with the worry of losing out on bonuses from other armors. From games like Hogwarts Legacy to Final Fantasy XVI, transmog has basically become a PS5 staple at this point.

It's a system that I think adds a lot of value for players and doesn't diminish or take away from the developer's vision for its game. This is why I find the response from Pilestedt quite a surprise. The way he so quickly shoots down a feature that I believe should become the norm for games is odd to me. The ability to tailor your armor to look how you want seems like such a fun and simple thing that shouldn't warrant such a protest from Arrowhead's CEO, but here we are.
Obviously, Arrowhead Studios can do whatever it likes with Helldivers 2. If it wants to keep a transmog system out of its game, that's fine, that's allowed, and that's its decision. However, I can disagree and also point out that Pilestedt's reasoning feels a little bit silly.

The whole bacon and apples analogy doesn't add up. I can't see how a piece of armor being made to look like another piece of armor impacts the game in any way. Pilestedt's tweet talks as if this being a possibility would be too unserious for the game... a game where you battle giant alien bugs in space.
I could maybe get behind the idea of no transmog if the game we were talking about was something serious. You know, something with a grounded topic where magically altering your clothes might detract from a realistic experience.

Now, I want to hear your thoughts on this matter. Do you think having a transmog system can only help to enhance the best PS5 games? Or do you agree with Pilestedt's response and don't want your apples to taste like bacon? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!
Written by Sean Lawson
Sean is a Staff Writer who focuses on the geekiest Sony news. He specializes in PlayStation trophies, the best PS Plus games, RPGs, and fighting games. Sean is using this experience to cover Stellar Blade, Dragon Age Dreadwolf, Baldur's Gate 3, and Dragon's Dogma 2 for PS5, all while he still dives into favorite games like Mass Effect, Tomb Raider, and Persona.
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