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Helldivers 2 player count surges after overwhelmingly popular patch

Change can be good.

Good news for the Helldivers 2 community: the recent 01.000.400 patch brought with it a plethora of Strategem buffs and other balance changes. The changes have helped to rebalance the gameplay and, as a result, the game has seen a surge of new and returning players, as well as glowing feedback.

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Patch 01.000.400, which landed on Friday, June 13th, 2024, introduced some game-changing buffs to many of the game's most popular Strategems, including the likes of the Orbital Gatling, Orbital Precision Strike, Orbital Airburst Strike, Eagle 110mm Rocket Pods, and the Eagle Strafing Run.

It also introduced a number of quality-of-life changes, such as displaying Supply Lines & Origin of Attacks on the in-game Galactic War map. With Origin of Attacks specifically, Helldivers are now able to see which planet an attack is originating from so you can stop the problem at the source. Pretty nifty stuff!

And it looks like these changes are now paying off for developer Arrowhead Studios, with the game's player count soaring above 75,000 right after the patch dropped before reaching a solid 100,000 active players. These numbers should come as no real surprise given the high praise the update has been receiving from the community.

Helldivers 2 players feel latest patch has restored the game's balance and fun

Arrowhead Studios clearly targeted the right areas for improvement in its latest 01.000.400 patch for Helldivers 2, addressing many of the community's long-standing complaints. The player base felt that the game's higher difficulties, which are already challenging in and of themselves, were too punishing and simply not fun anymore due to poorly balanced Strategems and weapons.

Now that many of these Strategems and weapons are proving viable again, Helldivers are feeling more equipped than ever to tackle the game's brutal higher difficulty levels. Changes to certain Terminid insect enemies have also been welcomed with open arms by the community, such as the much-maligned acid effect dished out by the game's Hunters and Bug Mines.

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Here's to hoping Arrowhead Studios continues down the path of patch 01.000.400 and keeps Helldivers 2's passionate community appeased and always coming back for more.

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Ivan Krasnov has been a writer for over 7 years. His areas of interest include shooters like Call of Duty, Apex Legends, and The Finals, but also RPGs like Cyberpunk: 2077 and the Dishonored franchise and single-player experiences like God of War and The Last of Us. Ivan has a double major in History and Russian from Oberlin College and when he isn't gaming – he is playing music and touring Europe with his band.

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