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Helldivers 2 director admits he ‘doesn’t have the last word’ amid the PSN disaster

Ethan Dean

Helldivers 2 director and Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt has responded to the huge backlash from the community following the recent PSN drama.

It’s been a tough few days for Helldivers 2 fans and the developers behind the title. The game now requires PC gamers to log into a PSN account in order to play, which has resulted in the title being removed in 177 countries without PSN access.

Players in the countries that purchased Helldivers 2 on Steam will lose access to the game on May 6, 2024, and many more players who do not want to create a PSN account will boycott the game. Since its announcement, Helldivers 2 has been embroiled in record-breaking reviews on Steam and the outrage has spilled over to the first game.

After this catastrophic controversy, Arrowhead’s president and CEO took over the game Johan Pilestedt has responded for Helldivers 2 players. Unfortunately, it remains unclear how much he can do about the situation.

Arrowhead CEO Clarifies Role in Helldivers 2 PSN Fiasco

“We are talking about solutions with PlayStation, especially for non-PSN countries. Your voice has been heard and I am doing everything I can to speak for the community,” Pilestedt promised. “But I don’t have the last word.”

Despite Sony holding the proverbial keys to the kingdom here, Pilestedt made a point of taking responsibility for his own role in the recent controversy. Respond immediately a call from a Helldivers 2 fanhe explained his involvement.

“I’m not innocent in any of this – it was my decision to disable account linking at launch so players could play the game,” Pilestedt explained. “I didn’t make sure the players were aware of the requirement and we didn’t talk about it enough. We knew this would be mandatory for online PS titles about six months before launch.”

Pilestedt’s response has done little to quell the outrage and the review bombing for Helldivers 2 continues. At the time of writing, over 250,000 recent Steam reviews have categorized the game’s reception as ‘overwhelmingly negative’.