Helldivers 2 Dev Apologizes After Huge Negative Review Bombing on Steam
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Helldivers 2 Dev Apologizes After Huge Negative Review Bombing on Steam

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

Helldivers 2, the popular game published by Sony, has recently come under fire from the gaming community due to a controversial decision. A mandatory PlayStation Network account requirement for Steam users has sparked outrage among players, leading to an influx of negative reviews on the game's Steam page.

Initially, the requirement for players to link their Steam accounts with PlayStation Network accounts was in place when Helldivers 2 was launched. However, due to technical issues stemming from the game's early success, this requirement was removed. As of May 30, Sony announced that the account linking would be mandatory once again, leading to a significant backlash from the gaming community.

PC gamers, especially those in regions where PlayStation Network is not available, have expressed their dissatisfaction with this decision. According to SteamDB, the Steam page for Helldivers 2 has been bombarded with over 100,000 negative reviews in less than 48 hours, accounting for a third of all user reviews for the game to date.

In response to the overwhelming negative feedback, developer Arrowhead issued an apology. Johan Pilestedt, the CEO of Arrowhead, acknowledged the situation, stating, "Ouch, right in the review score. Well, I guess it's warranted. Sorry everyone for how this all transpired."


Sony defended the decision to reintroduce the mandatory account linking, citing player protection as the primary reason. The company stated that account linking is essential for maintaining safety and security across its platforms and games, allowing for the banning of players engaged in disruptive behavior.

Despite the controversy, Helldivers 2 has achieved remarkable success in terms of sales. According to research firm Circana, the game already ranks 7th in lifetime US dollar sales for Sony-published games, just two months after its release.


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