Helldivers 2 Devs Raising Server Cap After Temporary Player Limit

Arrowhead Game Studios is increasing the server cap for Helldivers 2 in response to the game's success and server-related issues.
Helldivers 2 Running Away From Gas
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Helldivers 2 developers, Arrowhead Game Studios, are increasing the server cap after limiting the number of players to manage server stability. This move is in response to the game’s big success and a surge in the number of players, which caused technical issues.

Arrowhead acknowledged server-related issues caused by a “concurrent player spike.” These issues included mission payouts failing, players being kicked from their ships, and unexpected logouts. The team emphasized their efforts to solve the problems but admitted struggling to keep up with the unexpected demand.

We had recently reported that the developers were worried about the weekend, and it looks like they were right to worry. The servers did not hold up as they wanted. A temporary cap of around 450,000 concurrent players was set to ensure server stability. This measure aimed to reduce server strain and improve the gameplay experience.

The developers didn’t stop there. The message from Arrowhead confirmed their ongoing collaboration with partners to “get the ceiling raised.” This implies an intention to increase the player capacity beyond the temporary limit.

The specific timeframe for raising the server cap remains unknown. The developers expressed their commitment to accommodating all Helldivers. They encouraged players experiencing progression issues to restart the game for potential data synchronization.

There are challenges and opportunities for Arrowhead because Helldivers 2 is so popular. The server issues, while frustrating for players, highlight the game’s strong launch and engaged community. The developers’ proactive approach and ongoing efforts to improve server capacity will keep the game popular. However, if players keep having these issues, the developers will see a drop off.

Since we’re on the subject, being an Xbox owner feels like being a civilian hearing about a war. I’ve seen a bunch of calls for help on TikTok. The developers should consider opening up to other consoles soon. Still, that would also increase server strain, so there doesn’t seem to be a winning solution.

Jorge A. Aguilar

Jorge A. Aguilar

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