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Arrowhead Game Studios’ latest co-op shooter, Helldivers 2, is a huge hit. The game, which launched on PS5 and PC on February 8, has surpassed popular titles like Grand Theft Auto 5, Destiny 2, Starfield, and The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim in concurrent players on Steam. But as player numbers soar, the third-person shooter has been facing persistent server issues as developers work on fixes. Now, Arrowhead Games Studios has reportedly capped the number of concurrent players at around 450,000 to improve server stability.

According to a report from Eurogamer, Helldivers 2 developers had to limit the number of concurrent players allowed. Arrowhead Game Studios has announced that it has paused new member invitations on the game’s Discord server.

A screenshot of the Discord post was shared Sunday by popular gaming news account Wario64 on X. The post addressed server issues plaguing Helldivers 2 players and stated that the team was “working around the clock” to issue a fix. “We encountered server-related issues earlier tonight due to a surge in concurrent players,” the team said. “This has caused some mission payouts to fail and some players to be kicked to ships or logged out,” the post said. “Therefore, we had to limit concurrent players to approximately 450,000 to further improve server stability. We will continue to work with our partners to increase the limit,” the announcement added.

The team also advised players to restart the game to sync if they encounter progression-related issues.

Helldivers 2 was a surprise hit, experiencing unexpectedly high player interest and consequently high player counts in the days following launch. This game, published by Sony Interactive Entertainment, was released simultaneously on PC and PS5 and succeeded beyond expectations. According to SteamDB charts, the game is currently the 6th most played game on Steam, with 186,205 concurrent players at the time of this writing. The game’s highest concurrent player count of all time was 409,367 players, making it the 24th most played game on the platform, ahead of GTA 5, Monster Hunter: World, Starfield, Counter-Strike, Destiny 2, and more. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim and Halo: Infinite.

Earlier this month, Arrowhead CEO and Helldivers 2 creative director Johan Pilestedt confirmed in a response to X that the game has sold around 1 million copies and is “exceeding estimates.”

Helldivers 2 is a third-person multiplayer shooter that allows players to form squads and battle giant alien bugs and Terminator-style killer cyborgs in up to four-player co-op matches.

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