Thanks to improv for Helldivers 2's democracy-loving recruitment ad, Arrowhead has a "freestyle rap" kicking around that we may never see

Helldivers 2 intro man
(Image credit: Arrowhead Game Studios)

Helldivers 2's opening cinematic is iconic, and does an incredible job of setting up the third-person shooter's humorous satirical tone. In under two minutes, the in-universe recruitment ad tells you everything you need to know about the fight for sweet liberty and the camaraderie of Super Earth citizens, complete with dramatics that are so bad they're good. 

However, while the final cut might have been short and sweet, it turns out that there are hours of scrapped footage that didn't make the opening cinematic's creation, including a freestyle rap, of all things. That's according to Craig Lee Thomas – the voice and face of the intensely passionate Super Earth Spokesperson leading the opening.

"Somewhere on an Arrowhead external hard drive there are MANY many hours of improv, pratfalls, dance breaks, and – very memorably – a freestyle rap that Freddy [Löfberg, the intro cinematic director] called out that I should do with no warning, in the middle of a take," Thomas tells PC Gamer in a new interview

No hints are given as to what this rap sounded like, but it's rather tragic that it didn't make it into the game, especially given that it may never see the light of day. The idea that it's out there somewhere is still hilarious though, and imagining the lyrics, which we can only guess would probably be inspired by Managed Democracy, is even funnier. 

Otherwise, Thomas has given a bit more insight into the process behind the intro's creation, and notes that "our directors Chris Faiella and Kal-El Bogdanove were also SUPER specific about keeping it in that perfect pocket of absolutely ridiculous, but still grounded in an exaggerated reality." There's no doubt that the team absolutely nailed it, with or without the freestyle rap, but here's hoping that the galactic game master Joel might be able to find a lore reason to help sneak that in at some point in the future. 

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Catherine Lewis
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