Hellraiser 2 I’m busy now. After celebrating a record-breaking launch, developer Arrowhead Game Studios quickly realized it wasn’t ready for the influx of players, with concurrent players on PC and PS5 exceeding 360,000 at one point.
The developers acted quickly, deploying minor fixes to address the most common issues, and subsequently expanded server capacity to reduce login failure rates and allow more players to be online at any given time.
Now, Arrowhead has released the first patch for the game.
Not only does patch 01.000.005 have a ridiculously long version number, but it’s also only available on PC. It went down late Monday after an hour of server maintenance. This is yet another step towards solving many server related issues.
More specifically, the update streamlines the login authentication request process, which should reduce the number of times you’re just sitting on a splash screen sending a login button. What’s more, the game will now explain when a login fails instead of just, well, not doing anything to tell you what happened.
On top of that, there’s now a countdown timer, which will hopefully prevent players from spamming the button and further overloading the server with requests. This doesn’t mean there is a queuing system, however, the timer will just show when the next login attempt will be made.
If you’ve been playing the game since launch, you’re probably acutely aware of the issue of missing progress and mission rewards, another issue caused by server load. The new patch fixes mission reward and daily/difficulty progression bugs for missions. The developer says it believes this should be over, but it will continue to monitor if further fixes need to be deployed.
To make up for all the chaos surrounding the launch, Arrowhead is running an in-game event that will increase rewards – although it didn’t provide a timeline. Read the full changelog on Helldivers 2’s Steam page.