Helldivers 2: silhouettes of soldiers firing at a large, green monster.
Image via Arrowhead Games/Steam.

Helldivers 2 hits new peak concurrent player count on Steam

That's more than Starfield has had to date.

A week and a half ago, Helldivers 2 dropped on PC and PS5, and it’s been gaining quite a reputation.

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While studio Arrowhead Games recently said it needed to cap servers at 450,000 players, it looks as though the game is close to reaching that limit. According to the latest figures from SteamDB, the game reached 409,367 concurrent players yesterday, with around 180,000 playing at the time of writing. To put that into perspective, Starfield reached 330,723 when it was released a few months back, so Helldivers 2 is already doing better than Bethesda’s newest IP.

SteamDB chart showing Helldivers 2 recently hit 409,367 players.
Screenshot via Destructoid.

We’re also seeing the Helldivers sequel at the number one spot on Steam’s Top Sellers list, once again knocking the Steam Deck down one place (as of this article being published). Even the Super Citizen Edition of the game is doing well, currently sitting pretty at the fifth spot, ahead of Baldur’s Gate 3 and Palworld.

It’s all a numbers game

The fact that it’s still pretty new probably attests to this continued popularity. It could also be because the developer recently announced that – until the end of yesterday – players could earn “XP and Requisition at a 50% multiplier” on top of base mission scores.

Of course, many people are still reeling from the unbelievable success of Palworld. With a peak concurrent player record of over 2.1 million, it made the game a tough act to follow for any studio (“Only 400,000 players? A pittance, I say!”)

As with a lot of new releases these days, Arrowhead has been putting out a few Helldivers 2 fires. Patch after patch has been sent out, with the team also wanting to improve server stability to prevent further issues. I guess this is just the world we live in now.


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