Helldivers 2 has proven to be wildly successful, though the endless stream of hilarious clips has no doubt left PS4 players looking on in envy like Squidward does to SpongeBob and Patrick - and that begs the question, "Will Helldivers 2 come to PS4?"


Without giving anything away, we have prepared a list of great alternatives for those looking to get their alien-smashing online antics on Sony’s 2013 vintage machine to have fun of their own.

You may even find that you prefer our offerings so much that Helldivers 2 becomes but a memory – unless, of course, the "2" moniker has you asking questions about the first game. It’s good news on that front, though!

Before you erupt in a FOMO overload, however, let’s get straight to it. Read on to see what the situation is regarding Helldivers 2 on PS4, and for a list of some excellent games to play instead.

Will Helldivers 2 come to PS4?

Helldivers 2 still showing soldier running through a desert, shooting monsters
Helldivers 2. Arrowhead

No, Helldivers 2 is not coming to PS4 as far as we are aware.

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No plans for such a thing have been announced, and the performance can dip in heavier scenes on the PS5, so getting it to work on the last-gen console may be a bit of a stretch – especially given how many enemies can be on screen at once.

With how popular Helldivers 2 is proving to be, it’s no doubt helping to drive sales for the PS5 – something Sony will be all too happy about, as it just announced the console is entering the "latter stage of its life cycle", as reported by Takashi Mochizuki and Yuki Furukawa for Bloomberg.

This is due to the console not meeting sales targets for 2023, which Sony expects to continue in 2024, perhaps going some way towards explaining the recent PlayStation Studios layoffs.

Best Helldivers 2 alternatives on PS4

While Helldivers 2 may not be coming to the PS4, we don’t want to leave you empty-handed, so below we’ve listed what we think are some of the best alternatives to play right now on PS4.


A screenshot from Helldivers 1 showing players facing off against aliens
Helldivers. Arrowhead Game Studios, PlayStation Studios

Let’s start off with the obvious – the original Helldivers! The game is practically the same, save for the difference in perspective - as it’s played from a top-down isometric view.

Much of the same silly antics, tongue-in-cheek satire and stratagems are all present.

There’s even an entirely additional enemy faction to battle against, making it more fleshed out in other areas compared to its more popular sequel.

You can pick up the game on PC (or PS3 and even the PS Vita!) instead, if you’d prefer.

Deep Rock Galactic

Deep Rock Galactic key art showing a group of soldiers in a cave
Deep Rock Galactic. Ghost Ship Games

Rock and Stone! The delightfully dwarven Deep Rock Galactic has plenty of belly-laugh online moments as you face off seemingly endless hordes of aliens in PvE co-op matches.

You’ll also do plenty of mining on top of shooting, making for some more varied gameplay.

Like Helldivers, there are upgrade paths for better loot and a huge community to be part of, and it shows no sign of stopping anytime soon. You can also opt to pick this one up for PC.

Aliens: Fireteam Elite

aliens fireteam keyart showing three soldiers shooting machine guns at aliens
Aliens: Fireteam Elite.

OK, this one isn’t nearly as light-hearted or funny. In fact, it’s quite the opposite - as it’s rather tense, scary and often stressful, but in a satisfying sort of way!

What it does have is online co-op against aliens – the aliens. Xenomorphs. For fans of the series, you don’t want to miss Aliens: Fireteam Elite. Just be sure to find some friends, as matchmaking can prove a little troublesome this many years on from release.

Earth Defense Force 5

A soldier shooting a rifle admist a swarm of giant ants in Earth Defense Force 5
Earth Defense Force 5. SANDLOT

Preceding Helldivers and its sequel by some years is the Earth Defense Force series, with Earth Defence Force 5 being the latest instalment available to play on the aged PS4.

Let’s see: Third person? Check. Online co-op? Check. Ridiculous and chaotic antics while facing off huge waves of enemies? Check. Need we say more? You don’t even need to wait for mechs to be added!

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