Helldivers 2 Has Too Many Players, Causing Progression Bug And Server Issues
12.02.2024 - 21:37
Helldivers 2 has proven to become an unexpected smash hit for PlayStation, swiftly topping Steam's bestsellers chart and becoming the company's most played game on the platform by a clear margin, ahead of titles like Marvel's Spider-Man Remastered and God of War. Over the weekend, Helldivers 2 managed to set a peak player count of 155,926, and while developer Arrowhead is probably delighted with those numbers, they're currently a bit too much to handle.
Over the past few days, players on PC have been experiencing several issues regarding logging into the game and receiving rewards for and experience from missions. Players have been experiencing issues connecting to the Helldivers 2 servers since launch, and Arrowhead has explained in a recent update on the Helldivers 2 Steam page that it's essentially down to the fact that there are way too many players trying to log in at once.
"To speak in technical terms, our services as well as our partner services have a rate limiter that denies connections beyond a volume per minute to prevent the entire system from failing," says Arrowhead. "We managed to increase the rate limit from 10,000/min to 20,000/min and the total capacity of concurrent players was increased from 250,000 total to 360,000 total. This was, however, still not enough as the player count jumped to 360k after 5 1⁄2 minutes."
Given that Helldivers 2 has a peak player count of 155,926, we can surmise from this info that the player count on PlayStation is even higher, which makes server issues such as these understandable.
In a later update, Arrowhead claimed that it has made logging into the game much easier with another recent patch, and that work is still ongoing regarding the progression errors players have been experiencing. Daily and difficulty progression errors appear to have been fixed completely, but Arrowhead has made it clear that future mission rewards may still have a few kinks that need ironing out.
On top of that, Arrowhead is making it up to all players that have lost out on mission rewards as a result of these issues. It's explained that an "increased reward event" will take place soon that will go towards helping players regain their lost loot, though a date for the event wasn't scheduled. Chances are, Arrowhead is still working hard trying to fix these issues, but at least we know players will be compensated in the near future.