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Although the Steam page for HELLDIVERS 2 has clearly stated since release that a PlayStation Network account is required, you actually haven't had to link them. That will change really soon.

In a fresh Steam announcement the developers said it not being required right away was due to sorting all the technical issues but that "grace period will now expire". This is set to happen on May 6th, although they also said for current Steam players you will have until May 30th. So either way, you'll want to ensure you have a working PSN account set up and ready.

Why though? They said "Account linking plays a critical role in protecting our players and upholding the values of safety and security provided on PlayStation and PlayStation Studios games. This is our main way to protect players from griefing and abuse by enabling the banning of players that engage in that type of behaviour. It also allows those players that have been banned the right to appeal."

Thankfully it's easy to link a Steam account and a PSN account, but for anyone in a region that PSN doesn't support, it could cause issues.

HELLDIVERS 2 works great on Linux with Proton and is rated Steam Deck Playable.

You can buy it from:

Fanatical

Humble Store

Steam

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RTheren May 3
....... goodbye Helldivers. It was fun while it lasted.
I don't really see the reason why everyone who never plans to have a playstation needs now make a PSN account to play the game bought on steam. But apparently it was in the fine print somewhere.

is PSN store coming to PC? then that would make some sense.
And uninstalled.
RTheren May 3
Kinda? There've been some rumors based on some leaks of the Tsushima game I think. Don't quote me on this I might be misremembering stuff.
Thibug May 3
Why am I not surprised? Obviously, seeing how well the game was doing, they would do a dumb move for some unknown reason (probably to acquire a lot of data to spam their users with ads)

We can't have nice things anymore
dpanter May 3
PlayStation Network account?? What the heck is that bullcrap.
This made my interest in this title fall into a deep dark hole full of bugs. Wrong move guys...
Pyrate May 3
Did the game not have some sort of internal, not Steam account before for crossplay? I'd assume it did, so what's a PSN account going to do here?

"protecting our players and upholding the values of safety and security"
Huh?

Conversely, what's the downside to making a PSN account? I don't think this means any extra step other than that one time account creation step, no launchers or anything no? what's so bad about this move other than 4 extra minutes of setup?
WYW May 3
Quoting: Pyratewhat's so bad about this move other than 4 extra minutes of setup?

The 4 minutes of setup and the data mining aside this creates a new point of failure.

If the PSN network goes down, or if your PSN account is stolen or lost (or banned) you lose the ability to login and play the game.


Last edited by WYW on 3 May 2024 at 2:55 pm UTC
drjoms May 3
Moment this shit is enforced they are getting REALLY bad review on Steam.
RTheren May 3
"protecting our players and upholding the values of safety and security"

Translation: "We need this to protect our bottom line, and to mine as much data as possible about PC audience".
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