Helldivers 2 is the biggest PlayStation game released on PC to date, at least in terms of concurrent players on Steam, having doubled God of War’s previous concurrent player record.
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The cooperative pastiche of Starship Troopers and its brutal sci-fi satire was released last Thursday and has since become so popular that developers Arrowhead have taken to fixing servers that are lagging due to the number of players playing, which is undoubtedly Matchmaking and login problems lead to lost connections.
As Arrowhead desperately tries to put things right, SteamDB has quantified just how much momentum Helldivers 2 has behind its bug-crushing success, revealing that the game reached a peak of over 155,000 concurrent players last weekend. (Cheers, Eurogamer.) At the time of writing, the number is still very close to that number, with over 140,000 players currently.
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That’s a lot of people – so many in fact that Helldivers 2 is now PlayStation’s biggest PC launch on Steam to date, boasting more than twice as many players as the previous record holder God of War with 73,000 players. It’s also well above runners-up like Marvel’s Spider-Man Remastered, Horizon Zero Dawn and The Last of Us.
Of course, it’s worth noting that Helldivers 2 is the first PlayStation-published game to appear on PC alongside PlayStation 5, which may go a long way in making it stand out compared to older games that people were playing elsewhere at the time. to get to this first surge in popularity you needed to make the leap to the PC.
However, that’s not to undermine the fact that Helldivers 2 is an absolute blast in every way – and its co-op nature compared to the predominantly single-player PlayStation ports means you’ll probably be trying to convince your friends to play too add some additional figures to the total. If nothing else, hopefully it’s an argument that PlayStation doesn’t have to wait that long to bring its biggest hits to PC in the future – we’ll see.