Helldivers artwork.
Image via Arrowhead.

Helldivers 2 has limited player counts to stop server crashes

You can only play with a few hundred-thousand friends now.

Helldivers 2 is a somewhat unexpected success, currently sitting at the top of the PSN charts and taking over the hearts and minds of gaming everywhere.

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Unfortunately, it may be taking over too many hearts and minds, as developer Arrowhead Game Studios has found out with a slew of crashes and server instability issues. It’s a good problem to have, but a problem nonetheless, which is why the devs have taken a drastic step to fix the problem.

Helldivers 2 caps player count at 450k

Announced in the official Helldivers 2 Discord and reported on Twitter by Wario64, Helldivers 2 concurrent player counts have been capped at 450,000.

It’s a drastic step for a game that relies on multiplayer and may only further compound issues that have been frustrating players. Server failure errors and long log-in queues have been the name of the game for Helldivers to date. The game is actually just winding down a bonus XP weekend announced held to compensate players who had been impacted by previous server instability.

Addressing these stability issues has been the top priority for Arrowhead, who rolled out a patch as recently as February 14 to attempt to further optimize matchmaking.

While the cap may not be the best news for players, they can find some solace in that Arrowhead regards it as a temporary issue, and are working to raise the cap further to allow for more players and better stability.

Helldivers 2 is available now on PlayStation 5 and PC.


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