June 15, 2024

Picture: Arrowhead Studios

It’s been a horrible day for Helldivers 2 and the staff behind it. Offended gamers swarmed the co-op shooter’s Steam web page to review-bomb it like a large hive of Terminids after a PlayStation Community login requirement was reinstituted on PC. “Ouch, proper within the evaluation rating,” Arrowhead Studios CEO Johan Pilestedt tweeted after the hit recreation’s ranking turned to “combined” on the Valve-owned storefront.

“Effectively, I suppose it’s warranted,” the pinnacle developer continued. “Sorry everybody for a way this all transpired. I hope we’ll make it up and regain the belief by offering a continued nice recreation expertise.” The assertion got here after a extra formal acknowledgement of the state of affairs earlier within the day that merely instructed gamers to contact Sony’s assist staff if they’d any questions. 1000’s extra detrimental evaluations had poured in since.

The outrage started final evening when gamers on PC observed that the Sony-published recreation’s PSN login requirement had returned. Initially eliminated amid large server pressure in Helldivers 2‘s early launch interval, it was the primary time many new gamers have been seeing it. Regardless of being a comparatively fast and straightforward course of, the concept of getting to create a second login and hand over their data to the PlayStation 5 producer didn’t sit effectively with many. It’s even triggered a mini-civil conflict between gamers on console who don’t assume it’s an enormous deal and people on PC irritated they now should play by one other platform’s guidelines. There are additionally a variety of locations around the globe the place PSN isn’t supported, probably locking these gamers out of the sport.

A screenshot shows review-bombing of Helldivers 2 on Steam.

Screenshot: Valve / Kotaku

A screenshot shows angry reviews of Helldivers 2 on Steam.

Screenshot: Valve / Kotaku

Steam’s combination evaluation scores could make or break a recreation’s gross sales prospects. Whereas Helldivers 2 has already secured its standing as one of many top-selling video games of the yr, anybody new stumbling upon it for the primary time would possibly mistake the combined ranking for a sign that there was really one thing functionally unsuitable with it. Valve has struggled to take care of review-bombing campaigns for years, trying to extend the necessities for leaving evaluations and filtering out bogus complaints to guard the integrity of its retailer scores.

Pilestedt’s earlier tweet was hit with a “group word” claiming that the client assist web page he referenced stated PSN logins have been optionally available on PC whereas the one for Helldivers 2 was obligatory. Among the outpouring of frustration has additionally resulted within the recreation’s group managers being focused on-line for harassment by indignant followers. Not everybody’s upset. “So long as I don’t should obtain a launcher I’m good lol,” wrote one participant in assist of Pilestedt and his staff. “Thanks for the wonderful recreation!”

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