Helldivers 2 Steam player count overtakes GTA 5, Starfield; Devs capped concurrent players to stabilize servers


Arrowhead Game Studios' latest co-op shooter, Helldivers 2, is a smash hit. Released on February 8 on PS5 and PC, the game has overtaken popular titles like Grand Theft Auto 5, Destiny 2, Starfield and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim for all-time peak concurrent players on Steam. However, due to its increasing player count, the third-person shooter has faced frequent server issues, with the developers working to release a fix. Now, Arrowhead Games Studio has reportedly limited its number of concurrent players to around 450,000 to improve server stability.

According to a report from Eurogamer, Helldivers 2 developers have been forced to limit its allowed concurrent player count. Arrowhead Game Studios made the announcement on the game's Discord server, which itself has halted invites for new members.

A screenshot of the discord post was shared by popular gaming news account Wario64 on X on Sunday. The post addressed the server issues plaguing Helldivers 2 players and stated that the team was “working around the clock” to release a fix. “Early tonight we had server issues with a concurrent player spike,” the team said. “This caused some mission payouts to fail, some players to be locked out of their ships, or logged out,” the post said. “Therefore, we have to limit our number of concurrent players to approximately 450,000 to further improve server stability. We will continue to work with our partners to increase the limit,” the announcement said.

The team advised players to restart the game to re-sync things if they encountered progression issues.

Helldivers 2 has been a surprise hit, with the game unexpectedly gaining interest and resulting in an increase in player count in the days following its release. The game, published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, was launched simultaneously on PC and PS5 and was successful, beating expectations. According to SteamDB charts, the game is currently the sixth most played game on Steam, with 186,205 concurrent players at the time of writing. The game's all-time peak concurrent player-count has reached 409,367 players, making it the 24th most played game of all time on the platform, beating games like GTA 5, Monster Hunter: World, Starfield, Counter-Strike, Destiny 2, The It has become a go-to game. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Halo: Infinite.

Earlier this month, Arrowhead CEO and Helldiverse 2 creative director Johan Pilstad confirmed in a response to X that the game has sold nearly 1 million copies and is “exceeding projections.”

Helldivers 2 is a third-person multiplayer shooter that lets players engage in four-player co-op matches and take on massive alien bugs and Terminator-style killer cyborgs.

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