The PC version of Helldivers 2
has shot up the Steam charts since yesterday’s launch (also available on PlayStation 5)—according to tracking sites
, peak player population sits at 151,927. Games industry watchdogs believe that this is Sony PlayStation’s most successful launch title on PC platforms—24-hour peak telemetry has Helldivers 2 attracting 81,840 players versus God of War’s 68,000 (January 14, 2022). An abundance of technical issues has prompted the submission of negative feedback—around 12,200 reviews have been left on the game’s Steam Profile. Its current status is “Mostly Positive,” but launch evening impressions were “Mixed” following 5300 review submissions. Eurogamer
has summarized the problematic period: “Chief among criticisms are complaints about persistent crashes, while others have singled out server and matchmaking issues. Then there’s ire directed towards PC optimization, and its kernel-level GameGuard anti-cheat software
, which some feel is cause for concern, as well as complaints around Helldivers 2’s monetization
—which includes a battle pass and premium currency in-game shop, despite its £34.99/$39.99 price tag.”
The development team at Arrowhead Game Studios implemented day-of-launch matchmaking fixes and addressed the most common crash problems. Helldivers 2 Game Director, Mikael Eriksson, stated that a patch was in the making: “If it’s a success, we’ll trigger a hotfix and get it out to the Steam community first, then roll it out to PS5 players as quickly as we can. Thank you—seriously—for your patience. We really want you all to have a blast playing this game. Bear with us, we’re almost there.” Arrowhead have followed up on their promise(s) today with another set of fixes pushed out to PC gamer population—Eriksson shared some good second day news: “We’ve uploaded a patch to Steam that should improve matchmaking for PC. The patch also includes some other crash fixes we’ve identified. We know there’s more to solve, and we’re working our way through it. Nevertheless, we hope this rapid patch goes a long way to making your experience better. Now go smash some bugs (and bots)!”
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