Read Arrowhead’s reaction to a console fanboy’s attempts to rage bait Xbox and Halo fans over Helldivers 2

What you need to know

  • Helldivers 2 is an incredible 4-player co-op Horde shooter, where players battle swarms of bugs and rogue robots in an escalating war for galactic supremacy. 
  • The game has been a huge success story for Sony, developed in partnership with independent studio Arrowhead. 
  • A huge portion of the game’s success has been on Windows PC, but that hasn’t stopped console fanboys on all “sides” weaponizing the game for dumb takes. 
  • One of these strange fanboy accounts was recently addressed by Arrowhead’s CEO, Johan Pilestedt, who called for more “compassion” in the world. 

It’s always nice to see a console fanboy get taken down a peg, but Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt’s poignant take to one of these more forced and nonsensical comparisons touched on a far broader message.

The video game industry is changing quite rapidly. Recently, Xbox decided to reveal during a podcast it called a “business update” that it will be bringing more of its games to PlayStation, starting with Pentiment, Sea of Thieves, Grounded, and Hi-Fi Rush. While some have legitimate concerns this could further erode Xbox hardware over time, there were plenty who were angry for more tribalistic reasons. PlayStation has also signalled an intent to bring more of its games day and date to Windows 11, and one of its first outings, Helldivers 2, has been a huge success story. 

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