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Helldivers 2 servers hit capacity as Steam player count record climbs past Starfield, Destiny 2 [UPDATED]

What you need to know

  • Helldivers 2, Arrowhead Game Studios’ new third-person PvE co-op shooter, has been an explosive success on PS5 and PC. 
  • The game broke a record for PlayStation Studios publishing by reaching 150,000 concurrent Steam players on its opening weekend, and has continued to grow since then.
  • Notably, Helldivers 2 has surpassed the all-time concurrent player records of several big games like Starfield, Destiny 2, and Halo Infinite, among others.
  • Now, this weekend, its fans are experiencing ongoing server capacity issues that are preventing many from playing the game. Thankfully, Arrowhead is aware of the problem and is working hard to fix it.
  • Update: Arrowhead says that it’s capped Helldivers 2’s servers to 450,000 concurrent players in order to help improve server stability, and “will continue to work with our partners to get the ceiling raised.”

Update 2/17/24 at 6:00 p.m. PT / 9:00 p.m. ET: Developer Arrowhead has offered an update in Helldivers 2’s Discord server, explaining that a concurrent player spike caused mission rewards to fail and led to match and server disconnects. The studio is working to resolve these problems as well as the ongoing capacity issue, and has capped the servers at 450,000 concurrent players in order to help keep the servers stable.

“Our team is working around the clock to solve these issues. While we’ve been able to mitigate some of the causes, we are still struggling to keep up with the scaling that is needed to accommodate all our Helldivers,” wrote Arrowhead’s Community & Support team. “Therefore we’ve had to cap our concurrent players to around 450,000 to further improve server stability. We will continue to work with our partners to get the ceiling raised.”


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