“Well, it was a helluva run”: Helldivers 2 Fans React to PlayStation & Arrowhead’s Latest Misfire

The community is flaming the developers and Sony for the announcement, and the future of Helldivers 2 looks shaky.

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SUMMARY

  • Sony and Arrowhead Games Studio announced that Helldivers 2 players on Steam need to link their accounts with their PSN accounts.
  • This move is required to allow Sony to enact bans against offending players more efficiently.
  • The grace period ends on May 6, leading many fans to share their opinions on the matter on social media.
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It’s not a good time to be a Helldivers 2 developer. The game is under a lot of fire from fans and the gaming community at large for the recent announcement. The studio is catching a lot of heat for this unfortunate turn of events, which appears to be more of a decision from Sony.

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Given that it’s a decision taken by the corporate entity rather than the creative team directly linked to the game, there’s little to no chance for it to be repealed. With just a couple of more days left before the grace period ends, Helldivers 2 fans are now bidding goodbye to their fight for Super Earth.

PlayStation Announces New Account Linking Rules for Helldivers 2

The Helldivers 2 battle units may significantly drop soon.
The Helldivers 2 battle units may significantly drop soon.

Companies usually like to have a degree of control over how their user base can experience their product. This is especially true in online gaming, with multiple layers of control dictating the player’s digital interactions. However, these systems are usually in place, or at least announced, when the game launches. That’s what makes Sony’s current decision so frustrating.

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The Helldivers 2 official X page has released a statement detailing the new rules for Steam players. While the company had allowed for a grace period for the linking of Steam accounts to PlayStation Network accounts, that period will end on May 6.

The notice goes on to say this decision is being taken to enhance player security and safety, which some have said is just a way to farm more user data. PlayStation may say it’s a move to facilitate banning abusive players, but the users are not happy with this outcome.

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Others have said it should be an entirely optional feature, and it’s a bad idea to burn player capital on this.

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One fan is wondering if PC players are going to bend the knee to Sony or abandon the game they paid for altogether.

The decision has split the fan base. One side claims it is an unnecessary step being used to farm data and give PlayStation complete control. The other is saying the move was inevitable, as the game prompts you to link the accounts whenever you boot it up.

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Some Players May Never Get to Play the Game Again

It should be noted that PlayStation Network is only available in 69 countries. That means people from countries such as Egypt and Belarus who purchased Helldivers 2 on Steam will lose access after the grace period. Given that, it might make sense why Sony and Arrowhead may be using bots to stem the tide of negative sentiments.

It’s not uncommon for games to require specific accounts for access to online services. However, that is usually in place when the game is initially launched. Demanding players link their accounts after the game is always going to draw the frustration of gamers.

The title has been pulling in thousands of concurrent players daily, but we may see those numbers drop severely after the grace period. Only time will tell if people are going to agree to Sony’s demands or if the Helldivers 2 wave has finally ended.

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Sagar Nerala

Written by Sagar Nerala

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Gaming was one of my earliest passions then along came writing, and here we are. I've been in the content creation space for several years now and as gamer for even longer. From understanding the complexities of a multilayer narrative to the simply joy of "big gun go boom", my goal is to capture all the emotions in between and put them down in an engaging manner.