Helldivers 2 Developers Nervous About Weekend, Hoping Servers Hold Up

It's a nerve-wracking weekend for Helldivers 2 CEO who is hoping the servers hold up.
Helldivers 2 Soldiers In Armor Going Through Jungle
Image: Arrowhead Game Studios

Helldivers 2 successfully launched on PC and PlayStation 5 on February 8, 2024. However, developer Arrowhead Game Studios is approaching the upcoming weekend with cautious optimism, bracing for potential server strain as player numbers rise. Popular games have a hard time during the weekend, and this could be a big one.

In a Twitter thread, studio director Johan Pilestedt expressed both exhaustion and satisfaction with the launch’s reception. He acknowledged the team’s late nights, emergency meetings, and technical discussions surrounding server capacity and player login rates. While admitting fatigue, Pilestedt emphasized the team’s “very, very pleased” state with the positive response.

Pilestedt admitted to “dreading” the weekend because of its technical aspects. Last weekend saw the servers overwhelmed, with many monitoring systems displaying “bright red ‘NOT OK'” alerts. Arrowhead has implemented server optimizations and matchmaking improvements in the latest patch, hoping to keep those alerts a “vibrant green ‘OK'” this time around.

The studio’s dedication extends beyond the launch period. Arrowhead announced a recruitment drive to expand its development team, aiming to “accelerate and beef up” post-launch content plans for Helldivers 2. This could also help the maintain and manage servers.

Despite the success, server stability remains a key concern for the developers. Games that use online the way Helldivers 2 does can rise and fall on how stable their servers are. You can expect the team to closely monitor the situation and address any problems that arise throughout the weekend. Arrowhead’s official channels will likely offer updates on server status and potential solutions. We’ll watch Pilestedt’s Twitter specifically, as he’s been helpful and vocal these past few weeks.

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