Helldivers 2's Mandatory PSN Account Linking Sparks Player Backlash

Daniel Royte
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Helldivers 2's Mandatory PSN Account Linking Sparks Player Backlash

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Helldivers 2 has found itself at the center of controversy as developer Arrowhead Game Studios announced a new requirement for Steam players.
Starting 6th May for new players and 4th June for existing ones, linking a PlayStation Network (PSN) account will be mandatory to continue playing the game on Steam.
Despite Sony's explanation, the reaction from the community has been overwhelmingly negative.

Helldivers 2 has found itself at the center of controversy as developer Arrowhead Game Studios announced a new requirement for Steam players. Starting 6th May for new players and 4th June for existing ones, linking a PlayStation Network (PSN) account will be mandatory to continue playing the game on Steam. Initially optional due to "technical issues" at launch, this mandate has sparked a wave of negative reviews on Steam and divided the game's community.

The Announcement Came Out of Nowhere

The announcement, which came as a surprise to many, stated that all new Helldivers 2 players on Steam would be required to link to a PSN account starting May 6th, with current players given until June 4th to comply. Sony cited "safety and security" reasons for the change, claiming that linking accounts would allow for better protection against "griefing and abuse."

Despite Sony's explanation, the reaction from the community has been overwhelmingly negative. Many players have expressed concerns about data security and privacy, especially in light of a recent data breach involving Sony. Others have criticized the timing of the announcement, which comes months after the game's launch and after many players have already invested time and money into the game.

The Problem with this Mandatory Change

One of the major points of contention is the impact on players in regions where PSN is not available. The requirement to link to a PSN account could potentially lock these players out of the game permanently, raising questions about accessibility and fairness.

Arrowhead Game Studios, the developer behind Helldivers 2, has faced criticism from its community over the decision. While some players understand the need for account linking, others feel that the requirement must be revised. The studio has stated that it is aware of the concerns and is working to address them but has not provided specific details on how it plans to do so.

Helldivers 2's Mandatory PSN Account Linking Sparks Player Backlash

Despite the backlash, Arrowhead Game Studios has a history of pushing boundaries with its satire. Helldivers 2 is known for its political themes, including commentary on militarization, imperialism, and colonization. The game's ability to maintain a loyal fanbase despite its controversial themes speaks to its success in tackling these issues. But will this be the last straw?


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Daniel is an under-grad and has grown up with esports titles like Dota 2 cultivating a passion for esports. His current beats include in-depth coverage of Dota 2 and Mobile Legends.