Helldivers 2 Announces Mandatory PSN Login, No One’s Happy


Helldivers 2

By: Jason Siu


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Helldivers 2 players on Steam will need to link a PlayStation Network account by June 4

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Helldivers 2, which released on February 8, 2024, has been a wildly successful surprise. The third-person co-op is one of the top-selling games of 2024 and its launch caused all sorts of technical issues due to its popularity. Because of those issues, the linking requirements for Steam accounts to a PlayStation Network account became temporarily optional, but that’s all about to change. PlayStation has announced that as of May 6, all new Helldivers 2 players on Steam will be required to connect their Steam account to a PlayStation Network account. Current players on Steam will have until June 4 to link their accounts, although they’ll see the mandatory login starting May 30.

Although PlayStation Network accounts are free to set up, the idea of mandating Steam players to log into yet another account just to play their game is understandably annoying. Unsurprisingly, Helldivers 2 has been review bombed as a result of the announcement, and its current rating for recent reviews is “Mixed” with 83,025 user reviews. Developer Arrowhead’s CEO took to X to say, “Well, I guess it’s warranted. Sorry everyone for how this all transpired. I hope we will make it up and regain the trust by providing a continued great game experience. I just want to make great games!”

Unfortunately, it’s clear the mandate comes from Sony PlayStation, which publishes Helldivers 2. There’s very little chance Sony will walk back the requirement, considering other PlayStation published titles require a PlayStation Network link in order to play online multiplayer.

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With over 20 years of online publishing experience, Jason Siu is currently the Content Director at VerticalScope and used to spend most of his time writing about cars. His work can be seen on websites such as AutoGuide, EV Pulse, FlatSixes, Tire Authority, and more. As the former co-founder of Tunerzine.com and West Coast Editor of Modified Magazine, he has also authored two books for CarTech Books. In his spare time, he founded FullCleared to indulge in his passion for writing about games. Although Jason is a variety gamer, he generally prefers RPGs.

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