This February 8, PS5 players were able to get their hands on Helldiverse 2. The explosive shooter has made a notable debut on consoles, but also on PC. On Steam, the enthusiasm of the players was there and the figures show it. Helldiverse 2 even managed to break the record for the best launch on PC for a PlayStation game. The previous title holder was God of War (2018) released on January 14, 2022.
Helldiverse 2 is a crazy third-person shooter game that you can play with your friends. You play as a space soldier, whose mission is to exterminate alien threats. The missions can be played by up to 4 people maximum, which adds a considerable dose of fun. But it is at the gameplay level that the game stands out and wins over users.
This week-end, Helldiverse 2 saw its peak of players connected simultaneously reach 155,926. This is more than double the record of God of War which brought together 73,529 players simultaneously. This record comes despite problems when launching the game which prevented some users from finding a game or even connecting to the game’s servers. A few crashes were noted, but nothing that discouraged players.
Available from the day of its release on PS5
This success is relatively low when compared to any game of the genre available on Steam. Palworldan independent title inspired by Pokémon, gathered more than a million players simultaneously in its first weekend of release, before reaching a peak of more than two million the following days. However, it is significant for Sony which has long only focused on its consoles.
The release of Helldiverse 2 is part of a larger plan to make 30% of PlayStation franchises available on the PC ecosystem by 2025. Developed by Arrowhead Game Studios, it is actually published by PlayStation PC LLC, a new label specially created for this strategy.
This is one of the rare times where one of these games is accessible on Steam from the day of its release. Generally, big titles from PlayStation studios wait several years before being available on PC, thus splitting audiences into several waves. We do not neglect the financial aspect, and Helldiverse 2 is displayed at the relatively attractive price of €39.99. This is a factor that can ultimately convince potential users to take the plunge of purchasing. It remains to be seen whether this success will continue over time.
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