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Helldivers 2 – A 180-degree turn with side effects

The ongoing saga of Helldivers 2 took an unexpected turn today, leaving developer Arrowhead grappling with the aftermath of a controversial decision. Players were caught off guard by the news that all Helldivers 2 Steam users will soon need to link a PlayStation account to keep playing.

While cross-platform integration isn’t uncommon in gaming, this move has sparked significant backlash, especially given its timing—months after the game’s release and with minimal forewarning (let’s face it, who reads the fine print?). Critics argue that Sony’s insistence on PSN integration for “security” and “player protection” feels like a stretch.

In response, Helldivers 2 has seen a deluge of negative Steam reviews, plummeting its once-celebrated co-op shooter status to a lukewarm “Mixed” rating.

Arrowhead’s community managers have been on the front lines, grappling with frustrated players on Discord throughout the day. They’ve acknowledged the breach of trust felt by many and reassured the community that feedback is being relayed to Sony.

In a recent development, Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt—long a prominent figure in the Helldivers 2 community—has broken his silence on the matter. “I understand that account linking and additional services may not sit well with everyone, and that sentiment is valid,” Pilestedt tweeted. “While the Steam page did outline these requirements, I wish we had been clearer about our long-term intentions to avoid any disappointment among our loyal divers.”

This ongoing saga underscores the delicate balance between evolving gaming standards and player expectations