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Helldivers 2 gets much-needed server fix, but it’s not perfect

Helldivers 2 has finally gotten its much-needed server fix, but Arrowhead isn't quite out of the woods yet, so expect some queueing.

Helldivers 2 gets much-needed server fix, but it's not perfect: A military figure holding a huge gun wearing a cape stands on top of a pile of dead bugs, raising their gun as the sun illuminates them from the back, a huge white earth flag behind them on a blue background

One of the things that has marred Helldivers 2‘s mammoth rise to fame is its servers. Formerly capped at 450,000 players and, oftentimes, populated by AFK Helldivers who refused to log out, it’s been a bit of a rough start for the Starship Troopers-style shooter. And, while the game’s latest patch fixes some of the server woes, Arrowhead’s CEO Johan Pilestedt has noted that we’re not out of the woods just yet.

Before the latest patch dropped, the Helldivers 2 servers were capped at 450,000 players, which, given its popularity, probably isn’t that much. As a result, Helldivers 2 players have been camping out on servers and refusing to leave, leading to the introduction of a new AFK timer (phew) that boots you if you’re standing around doing nothing for over 15 minutes.

All of these are welcome changes; there’s a lot to celebrate. However, an early morning tweet from Pilestedt on Friday, February 23 has confirmed that, while a lot more players will be able to dive into the space game and enforce Super Earth’s democratic principals, there’s still a cap on the amount of concurrent players.

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“I have one final update for tonight. We have updated the max CCU (currently connected user) cap to 700,000. Unfortunately, we expect the CCU to reach that level. We believe that the wait times will be much more bearable. We are doing some final improvements for the weekend.”

As I write this, a small patch has come through, confirming the new server cap, as well as fixing an issue that trapped you in cinematics – you want to get out there and blast bugs, after all.

A post from the Helldivers 2 CEO discussing the current server cap for the game

As someone who was lucky enough to get into the game before the TikTok wave began, I can confirm that, even although there’s sometimes still a wait, it’s absolutely worth it. There’s nothing quite like being at the heart of the fray, covered in green-yellow bug blood and saluting your fellow paragons of democracy. So, sure, you may need to wait a bit, but democracy needs you – no one else, you.

And, to ensure that you’re in prime position to send those pesky bugs back from whence they came, we have a list of the best Helldivers 2 weapons, as well as a rundown of the best Helldivers 2 loadout to help you conquer the hordes.

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