Helldivers 2 Is Now Comfortably Sony's Biggest Ever PC Launch | Push Square
12.02.2024 - 23:53
We’ve got to be honest: this wasn’t on our bingo card for 2024 at all. Helldivers 2 has blown up big time, and it continues to climb the Steam most played charts, now peaking at almost 120k concurrent players – with presumably bigger numbers to follow as the weekend goes on. This means it’s now PlayStation’s biggest-ever PC launch, outperforming even God of War.
Of course, there’s a key qualifier to consider here: namely, this is a rare day-and-date release on PC from PS Studios, while God of War was ported several years later. Sony’s said that it’s not going to abandon console exclusivity, but it has suggested live service titles – like Helldivers 2 – will likely launch on PC at the same time as PS5. The strategy appears to be working as intended in this instance.
Despite some teething troubles for the title, feedback on the Arrowhead developed outing has been overwhelmingly positive, with our review set to follow as soon as we’ve properly put the release through its paces. Are you one of the many people playing Helldivers 2 this weekend, and what are your thoughts thus far? Squash us like bugs in the comments section below.
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I put more time into it last night and have been having a lot of fun. What makes me curious is if these current numbers (which are great, don't get me wrong) fall in line with what the higher-ups at PlayStation and Arrowhead anticipated. I've also seen a lot of people playing with the helmet exclusive to the deluxe edition, so I wonder how much revenue they've already gotten from it.
Regardless, Arrowhead should feel proud of what they've accomplished, and I bet they've shot up on the list of acquisitions PlayStation is considering.
Great achievement. I'm curious what this means in the long term strategy for Sony. Have to figure there's already boardroom discussions about how much this success is attributed to being day and date on PC vs it being a coop shooter that many gamers prefer to play on Steam with a mouse and keyboard.
I also think people are overlooking the price factor. This is a cross-play game and retailing on PC and PS5 for around the £30 mark is going to be part of the reason it's doing so well
@RBMango It has to be meeting expectations. I honestly assumed it would flop.
this is a rare day-and-date release on PC from PS Studios
Is this a Sony Studios game? I know Sony are the publisher but it's not made by a Sony owned studio as Arrowhead are independent. So maybe it was their decision to put the game on PC.
Either way the game is great and this studio has some talent so maybe it's time Sony actually