Helldivers 2 gets icy new Warbond after Arrowhead holds community vote to decide whether it was "tone deaf" to do so after PSN debacle

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The new Helldivers 2 Warbond is out right now, thanks chiefly to the shooter's community voting for it to launch today.

The new Helldivers 2 Polar Patriots Warbond is out now, as you can see from the tweet below. We already knew the contents of the new Warbond, including three new outfits, three new primary weapons, a new pistol, several new grenades, and new capes and banners, so the contents of the new Warbond aren't a surprise.

The shooter's player base owes the new Warbond entirely to a community vote that took place yesterday, May 8. Helldivers 2's director was worried that releasing a new Warbond would be "tone deaf," given the whole recent PSN account linking debacle, and so they put it to a community vote on Twitter as to whether the Warbond should be released or delayed.

The results of the public poll below emphatically support the new Warbond. 73.9% of 182,437 voters said the Warbond shouldn't be delayed and that it wouldn't be "tone deaf" to put out a new paid-for Warbond. That's all good news for developer Arrowhead, which didn't have to alter its plans at the last minute.

"Thank you everybody for your contribution. Democracy has spoken!" director Johan Pilestedt wrote in a follow-up tweet. You can now jump into Helldivers 2 and bag all the new gear in Polar Patriots, and last week when the Warbond was revealed for the first time, the new pistol and SMG were going down a real treat with players for their firepower.

Check out our Helldivers 2 Super Credits farm guide for how to rack up the currency as quickly as possible in-game.

Hirun Cryer

Hirun Cryer is a freelance reporter and writer with Gamesradar+ based out of U.K. After earning a degree in American History specializing in journalism, cinema, literature, and history, he stepped into the games writing world, with a focus on shooters, indie games, and RPGs, and has since been the recipient of the MCV 30 Under 30 award for 2021. In his spare time he freelances with other outlets around the industry, practices Japanese, and enjoys contemporary manga and anime.