Sony has just released Helldivers 2 on PC and PS5 and from the looks of it, this is the third biggest Playstation launch on Steam. In just a day, this online squad-based third-person shooter managed to hit a peak of 64K concurrent players on PC.
The biggest Playstation launch on PC is still God of War with a peak of 73K concurrent players. The second biggest Sony launch is Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered which had a peak of 64K concurrent players. Helldivers 2 now sits in third place, followed by Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last of Us Part 1.
Now while the game has initially sold well on PC, it currently has Mixed Reviews on Steam. From what we’ve seen, there are major instability issues with it. A lot of PC players report constant crashes. Others claim that there are awful mouse smoothing issues, and that there is no support for DLSS or FSR.
Some have also reported poor performance on high-end PC systems. Sadly, we didn’t receive any PC review code so we can’t comment on its performance. This is also a GaaS title, so it’s a pain to benchmark it. Still, we might purchase it in order to at least test it on the RTX 4090.
It’s worth noting that Helldivers 2 uses the nProtect GameGuard protection system. So, I don’t know whether this system is the cause of the crashes on PC.
To its credit, Helldivers 2 looks great. The game has a cool dismemberment system and can display lots of explosions on screen. Since the first Helldivers game used the Bitsquid Engine, I’m almost certain that its sequel uses an enhanced version of it.
Anyway, as with most online games, we suggest staying away from it until Arrowhead Game Studios manages to address these instability issues. In theory, the team will be able to resolve them in a week or so.
Stay tuned for more!
The game has now surpassed God of War’s peak concurrent number. As such, Helldivers 2 is now the biggest Playstation launch on Steam.
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