Helldivers 2 lost 90% of its PC player base in just five months

Arrowhead's brilliant alien-shooter Helldivers 2 is PlayStation's fastest-selling game ever, but despite its initial success, Steam numbers are dwindling, falling to around 10 percent of its all-time Steam peak of 458,709 players.

As Victoria reported in late May, SteamDB showed that Helldivers 2's peak at the time had dropped by 64 percent to 166,305.

Today, it's fallen again by 35 percent, and is down to a 30-day average of 41,860 concurrent players on Steam (thanks, Forbes).

Helldivers 2 – PlayStation 5/PC – Digital Foundry Tech Review.Watch on YouTube

Of course, this number only represents players on Steam, and – as published by Sony – there are plenty of Helldivers saving the world on PS5.

However, a long list of mistakes on Sony's part – starting with the infamous PSN fiasco from earlier this year – not only led to negative reviews from a disappointed community, but the game was also removed from sale in 177 countries where PSN wasn't available, forcing Sony to backtrack on their plans.

Last week, an unannounced Helldivers 2 strategy leaked online, presumably via a Sony email. The unforced error – which came via an official marketing email sent to Helldivers – proudly introduces the Airburst Rocket Launcher players unlocked after successfully freeing Penta during Operation Legitimate Undertaking.

The other problem was that the weapon in the picture that accompanied the email wasn't an Airburst… or, in fact, any weapon known in the game at the time.

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