Helldivers 2 Had The Biggest Launch On PC For PlayStation Studios

Himel Mahmud
By Himel Mahmud
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Credit: Playstation Studios

Helldivers 2 had the biggest launch ever for a PlayStation Studios game on Steam with a higher concurrent player number than any previous titles.

Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios and published by PlayStation Studios, Helldivers 2 had the biggest launch ever for a PlayStation game on PC. The third-person co-op game was released on February 8, 2024, for PlayStation 5 and PC via Steam. Helldivers 2 already outsold the global phenomenon Palworld on Steam on its launch day and is currently on top of Steam’s Top Sellers list.

Helldivers 2 is also the first console-exclusive title from PlayStation Studios to launch simultaneously on PC. In the game, a team of four players can jump into action-packed, intense missions where they will fight hordes of aliens and robots. In addition, Helldivers 2 has cross-platform support, so players on PC can play with players on the PlayStation 5.

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Helldivers 2 Broke Steam Record For A PlayStation Game

According to Steam data, Helldivers 2 peaked at 81,840 concurrent players on February 8, 2024. The game broke the previous record of God of War, which peaked at around 73,529 for a PlayStation launch. Here are the top 10 peak concurrent player counts achieved by PlayStation launch titles on Steam:

Helldivers 2 | Credit: PlayStation Studios
Helldivers 2 | Credit: PlayStation Studios
  1. Helldivers 2 (81,840)
  2. God of War (73,529)
  3. Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered (66,436)
  4. Horizon Zero Dawn Complete Edition (56,557)
  5. The Last of Us Part I (36,496)
  6. Days Gone (27,450)
  7. Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales (13,539)
  8. Uncharted: Legacy of Thieves Collection (10,851)
  9. Ratchet & Clank: Rift Apart (8,757)
  10. Helldivers (6,744)

However, shortly after the game was released, players started complaining about crash issues and other problems. As a result, the review page of Helldivers 2 took a hit, with only 68% of submitted reviews marked as ‘Positive.’ However, most of the negative reviews appeared because of server issues and the developers’ decision to use nProtect GameGuard anti-cheat software.

The players suggested that since the game doesn’t have any PvP combat, the developers could easily choose a different anti-cheat software to avoid unnecessary crashes.

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Himel Mahmud is a writer and social media manager at GameRiv. He is a former FIFA professional. He is also a social media and digital marketing expert.