“To that end we have changed it”: We’re the Reason the Railgun Got Nerfed in Helldivers 2. Thanks Guys

Helldivers 2 most OP weapon is getting nerfed because of its efficiency and player usage.

"To that end we have changed it": We're the Reason the Railgun Got Nerfed in Helldivers 2. Thanks Guys


  • The developers may nerf more weapons in the future.
  • Arrowhead Game Studios wants a balance between player cooperation and powerful weaponry.
  • Helldivers 2 will have more free content soon.
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Helldivers 2 is the hottest game at the moment, PlayStation 5 and PC users are having the time of their lives fighting against extraterrestrial foes. Every helldiver will have to use all the weapons and tools at their disposal, and there is one that stands out because of its power and efficiency: the rail gun. The developers took notice of this and had to do something, they nerfed the weapon with the intention of balancing the gameplay.


Nerfing For A Cause, Helldivers 2’s Railgun Is A Menace

The railgun needed an adjustment before the situation gets out of hand in Helldivers 2.
The railgun needed an adjustment before the situation got out of hand in Helldivers 2.

The point of joining the fight is to feel weak and vulnerable, which forces players to unite and coordinate with fellow players to plan the best course of action to defeat their foes. Arrowhead Game Studios acknowledges the complaints of their players, but they get the final say and have a vested interest in the game’s future.

The developers have noticed how often players use the railgun in almost every lobby and it started to become concerning, as players are missing the point of why the game features multiplayer. The game nerfed certain weapons for a more immersive playthrough, not every weapon is as powerful and efficient as others which is why there are allies to rely on.


If this issue persists, the players will become more reliant on the weapon and expect to win every fight with it rather than being able to count on their friends. The team behind Helldivers 2 are big believers that a balanced game is the best way to play, the taste of victory would be much sweeter if there was a story and struggle behind it.

Helldivers 2 Developers Encourage Players To Work Together

Helldivers 2 developer has justified their reasoning about nerfing most of their primary weapons.
Helldivers 2 developer has justified their reasoning about nerfing most of their primary weapons.

The weapon is only an extension of a man used in combat, if most of the Helldivers rely on one powerful weapon then they shouldn’t have it in the first place. The relationship between man and their weapon should be symbiotic, and not a one-trick pony. Overpowered weapons are present in almost every game, and it is a difficult task for developers to manage them.

Making this decision will surely upset a large portion of the community because it seems like the developers are taking away the joy and illusion of being an invincible soldier, but the true meaning of being invincible is being able to win a fight for whatever resources, no matter the size or power. This initiative will encourage players to coordinate and be more vocal when they enter a new match.


Helldivers 2 is a game that does not require pinpoint accuracy or strong weaponry, it needs camaraderie. Trust is a very important foundation to build character, and strengthen bonds and relationships to avoid an inflating ego. The developers are aware of what powerful weapons can do, but they have a vision of seeing a powerful team fighting side by side and standing tall but not alone, the perfect balance between man and machine. Are you a fan of their decision to nerf the railgun? Share your thoughts in the comments below!


Written by Rouvin Josef Quirimit

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