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Helldivers 2 Sticks to PvE: No PvP Now or Ever

Nathan Lees
Nathan Lees

In a bold move that sets it apart from many contemporary multiplayer games, Helldivers 2, developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, has made it clear that it will not be introducing player versus player (PvP) combat, now or ever. This decision was articulated by Johan Pilestedt, the CEO of Arrowhead, in a response to a fan's tweet. The fan had suggested that adding PvP could potentially divert players from titles like Call of Duty to Helldivers 2. Pilestedt's stance was unequivocal: the introduction of PvP is off the table, primarily due to the desire to avoid the toxicity that often accompanies competitive play.


Pilestedt emphasized the studio's commitment to fostering a gaming environment that is "supportive, fun, and where we all are fighting on the same side." This philosophy stems from a desire to maintain a community that is free from the negativity and hostility that can arise in competitive settings. The CEO further clarified that their decision was not based on fear but on a deliberate choice to prioritize a cooperative and positive player experience over the competitive dynamics of PvP.

Helldivers 2 has already made a significant impact since its release on February 8, quickly becoming PlayStation Studios' most successful PC launch to date. The game has attracted over 200,000 concurrent players on Steam, a testament to its appeal and the success of its PvE-focused gameplay.

Arrowhead's decision to eschew PvP in favor of a purely PvE experience is a testament to their commitment to their vision of gaming—one that values cooperation, community, and the joy of shared challenges over the divisiveness of player competition. As Helldivers 2 continues to thrive, it stands as a beacon for games that choose to build and nurture a positive community, proving that success can be achieved without succumbing to the conventional allure of PvP.


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