“The fact you can laugh at this just shows…”: Helldivers 2 CEO Johan Pilestedt Can’t Help Himself During the Latest Controversy

Now that must've hit worse than the 500KG Bomb.

"The fact you can laugh at this just shows…": Helldivers 2 CEO Johan Pilestedt Can't Help Himself During the Latest Controversy


  • Arrowhead Game Studios recently found itself in a rock and hard place as Helldivers 2 review score plummets.
  • The situation transpired as Helldivers 2 players were mandated to link their Steam and PSN accounts.
  • Following this, players began dropping negative reviews for the game that quickly turned mixed from positive.
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The recent negative review episode that transpired with Helldivers 2 is a testament to how things can go down the drain with just one mistake. That’s why developers can’t afford to make them. However, now that it has happened, the team behind the popular game will seemingly do anything in their power to reverse the effect.


Beginning with an apology, the head developer said they’ll keep providing a great game experience to regain the community’s trust. While all are busy making plans to deal with the situation at Arrowhead, it has taken a toll on CEO too. However, he appears to be tackling it well for now.

It’s Just Sad to See Him Tackling All That Alone And Smiling

The decision regarding Helldivers 2 came from Sony, not Arrowhead.
The decision regarding Helldivers 2 came from Sony, not Arrowhead.

Many will feel sad for Johan Pilestedt if they come across the stand he is taking amid the rapid fire of negative game reviews and comments. No one wants all the fuss that has been going around, just enjoy the game without ruining the experience Helldivers 2 has delivered up until now. Even Pilestedt said he just wants to “make great games“.


As fans fill the review section with thousands of negative reviews, some fans can see the unhappy place Johan Pilestedt is in. A user named Monopolyman IDK expressed on social media platform X (formerly Twitter) that he is the best CEO given how he is handling all this.

Pilestedt too, apologized to the community in his post while also sharing the screenshot depicting the game’s gut-wrenched review section.


Sony has clarified that the move will help them ban abusive players, and they were supposed to do it with the game’s launch but didn’t, citing some technical issues. The community’s outrage can clearly be seen in Helldivers‘ Reddit community as fans keep showing their disagreement with the move.

Helldivers 2 Fans’ Reluctancy Might Actually Be The Fear

Thousands of negative reviews have been dropped following Sony's announcement.
Thousands of negative reviews have been dropped following Sony’s announcement.

Linking PSN and Steam accounts isn’t exactly rocket science and takes only a few minutes, but fans are still showing reluctance toward it. Though Sony talks about safety and security, it is a well-known fact that the PlayStation Network was breached in 2011 and compromised the data of 77 million accounts. Maybe that explains the reluctance among fans.


Then there are countries where PSN doesn’t operate, and the recent account linking mandate would prevent players from these regions from playing the game. On the brighter side, Arrowhead’s community manager says that they may not make it mandatory in those regions, provided the developers don’t come up with a better solution.

Unfortunately, Arrowhead doesn’t have a say in the decision which makes the developers sort of a victim of corporate affairs. Fans across the globe are literally pushing the limits of their devices to play the game. With popularity like that, Sony should reconsider what they are doing to make a successful product that still has a lot of potential left to grow.

How are you feeling about the latest move by Sony? We would like to know your thoughts in the comments section below.


Written by Anurag Batham

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Anurag Batham is a video games correspondent at FandomWire. With over two years of experience in writing for different industries, his past works show his passion for the metaverse and his awareness of the environment. He's always playing with ideas to turn them into captivating stories.

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