Helldivers 2 is dying: 90% of players lost and still counting

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Despite being one of PlayStation’s most celebrated online games at launch, Helldivers 2 is dying. In less than six months, the game has lost 90% of its player base.

Helldivers 2 is dying: 90% of players lost and still countingHelldivers 2 is dying: 90% of players lost and still counting

Thanks to Arrowhead’s focus on player experience and their efforts to bring the alien threats of Helldivers 2 to life, the game enjoyed a robust launch, particularly on PC. Back in February 2024, it peaked at 458,709 players, earning praise from gamers worldwide. Yet, despite its initial success, the Super Earth and its struggles are being increasingly neglected. Just five months after launch, Helldivers 2 has lost 90% of its PC player base, with numbers continuing to decline.

Once leaving even giants like Destiny 2 and GTA V in the dust, on July 1, Helldivers 2’s 24-hour peak is only 45,315. No longer in Steam’s top 10, the game has plummeted to #43 among top sellers.

Helldivers 2 is dying: 90% of players lost and still counting
(Source: SteamDB)

This drastic 90% decline can be attributed to several missteps by Sony, most notably, the infamous PSN controversy. After all, it resulted in widespread negative reviews and the removal of the game from sale in 180 countries.

These issues have led to significant community disappointment. Even the new gear and Major Orders haven’t been able to rekindle players’ interest. Can Helldivers 2 ever make a comeback and regain favor with fans? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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Anonymoussays:

No. The final nail in the coffin is a toxic and elitist fan base that does nothing to incorporate new players into the community. The sense of camaraderie was the draw, but PSN created too much controversy which pushed all the positivity away. Now all that is left are hardcore gamers who live for pure agony and the newer players who wish they could have been part of Malevolon Creek.