Guerrilla Armory: StA-55 Assault Rifle

Guerrilla Armory is a series of exclusive articles that highlights new weapons from Killzone Shadow Fall’s extensive lineup. In the first installment we look at the Helghast StA-55 assault rifle, a successor to the trusty StA-52 and the new standard rifle for Helghast soldiers. Art director and firearms designer Roy Postma answers a few questions about the new design.

How has the look of the Helghast assault rifle evolved over the past 30 years?


“A lot has happened to the Helghast visual style since they began moving to Vekta 30 years ago. Simply put, we’ve made sure they caught up in time. We changed a lot of the materials and construction techniques on the weapons, to elevate them out of the World War 2 inspired root. This brings them more in line with what you would expect of modern/future weapons, without losing that authentic and functional look of the Killzone weapons.


To provide a simple example, we motorized the Helghast ammo drums, adding an authentic whirring motor sound to the guns when feeding ammo and providing a more distinct sound when emptying the magazine. We also unified the look of the weapons more, since the Helghast faction represents a single design and production entity and this should reflect on the weapons. At the same time, we tried to maintain the unique look, feel and experience of each individual weapon as much as possible.”


Were there any real-life weapons that served as the inspiration for the StA-55’s new look?


“We always look at real life weapons for inspiration – not just for the external design, but also for the internals and the handling of the weapon. For the new look I wanted to stay close to the original’s silhouette and setup, so the main focus was updating the materials and construction. Good examples for construction and materials reference would be the G36 and the MTAR.”


Aside from cosmetic changes, are there functional differences between the StA-52 and the StA-55?


“It’s still the same work horse of the Helghast, doing the same thing: a high fire rate with a big magazine in a nice, compact package. It’s the perfect all-round weapon if you don’t require high accuracy. So there are no new surprises on the weapon in terms of functionality.


The biggest functional change, and one that is not limited to the StA-55, is the reintroduction of attachments. We can switch out various sights and optics, secondary weapon attachments, grips, flashlights, silencers – you name it. This makes the StA-55 even more versatile, but it did require us to go over some functional and cosmetic changes to be able to make them all fit on the weapon in an appealing and functional manner.”

Thanks, Roy! The Guerrilla Armory will be back with another new weapon from Killzone Shadow Fall soon. In the meantime, check out the high-res screenshots in the gallery below:

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