Who Is Joel in Helldivers 2, explained

Helldivers 2 image of a shocked man from the trailer

If you have been playing this game for some time, no doubt that you heard mention of Joel. This article will explain who Joel is and what he does in Helldivers 2.

In Helldivers 2 you are a part of a galaxy-spanning war. Humanity is under attack from all sides and Helldivers are there to keep the enemy at bay. You, as a player, are a part of this elite fighting force, and with the help of your squad, you directly influence the war effort. But, the more you push, the more resistance is there from the enemy factions. Rumors circulate that a certain Joel is the mysterious mastermind behind enemy actions, and we are here to shed some light on that. Let’s see who Joel is in Helldivers 2.

Helldivers 2: Who Is Joel?

Joel is the Game Master of Helldivers 2. In one of the interviews, Johan Pilestedt said: ”We have an actual person with the job title of Game Master.” Arrowhead Studios take great inspiration from the Dungeons and Dragons tabletop roleplaying game where the story is dictated by the Dungeon Master. Joel fills a similar role in Helldivers 2, managing the galaxy-wide narrative.

We are unsure if Joel is the Game Master’s real name or just an alias, to protect the identity of this mysterious but powerful individual. A popular (but probably untrue) fan theory is that Joel, in-game, is the man in the intro video, the one whose family gets eaten by Terminids.

What Does Joel Do in Helldivers 2

As the Game Master, Joel has a direct influence on the happenings and the narrative of HD2. Pilestedt said: “We have a lot of systems built into the game where the Game Master has a lot of control over the play experience”. He’s responsible for little teases that some players get, like when some players got access to Exosuits while defending Tien Kwan. But, more importantly, he dictates the flow of the Galactic war by handling large invasions and setting Personal and Major Orders.

In conclusion, Joel is responsible for keeping Helldivers on their toes and constantly engaged, thus keeping the game fun and fresh for everyone.

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