Helldivers 2 developers promise fixes as launch issues earn a ‘mixed’ rating on Steam
Update 2/9/24: Helldivers developer Arrowhead Game Studios has rolled out a “hot patch” on Steam to resolve some of its issues.
The PC update, available now, is designed to alleviate matchmaking issues and a number of instances where the game can crash.
“We have uploaded a patch to Steam that will improve matchmaking for PC,” game director Mikael Eriksson wrote in an update posted to X. “The patch also includes some other crash fixes we’ve identified. We know there’s more to resolve, and we’re working on that issue. However, we hope this quick patch will go a long way in improving your experience. Now go smash some bugs (and bots)!”
Original story 2/8/24:Helldivers 2, the sequel to the sci-fi satire, has gotten off to a strong start on Steam, with its launch today pushing it to third place on the platform’s bestseller list, while reaching more than 64,000 concurrent players in less than one day. . However, player reception has been mixed thanks to a host of issues on PC (it was also released on PS5), and developer Arrowhead Game Studios has now responded saying fixes are on the way.
Helldivers 2 — which follows the same co-op template as its well-received predecessor, albeit with a shift from a top-down perspective to a third-person perspective — has so far settled for a “mixed” Steam rating after more than 5,300 reviews, with players highlighting… A bunch of launch day problems.
Among the top criticisms were complaints about constant crashes, while others highlighted server and matchmaking issues. Then there’s the anger directed at PC optimization, the kernel-level GameGuard anti-cheat software, which some feel is a cause for concern, as well as complaints about Helldivers 2’s monetization – which does include a battle pass and a premium in-game currency shop, though. It’s priced at £34.99 / US$39.99.
In response to some of these concerns, Helldivers 2 game director Mikael Eriksson shared an update on social media, writing: “I’m happy to say that we’ve now improved the most common matchmaking and crashes.” Ericsson added that the studio has prepared a patch and will begin testing it alongside players “to verify that it works as intended.”
He continued: “If it works, we will run a hotfix and publish it to the Steam community first, then roll it out to PS5 players as quickly as possible. Thank you – seriously – for your patience. We really want you all to have fun playing this game. Bear with us, we’re almost here.” Get there.”