Helldivers 2 PC players will need to link a PlayStation account

Gamers who have been spreading managed democracy in the fictional Helldivers 2 video game galaxy on their PC have an important new order: link a PlayStation Network account. Game publisher Sony Interactive Entertainment had been allowing players to play without such an account, but that is about to end.

“Starting May 6, all new Helldivers 2 players on Steam will need to connect their Steam account to a PlayStation Network account,” Sony said in a statement. publish in X and on Steam.

Existing players will be asked to join starting May 30 and will have until June 4 to do so. Presumably the game won’t be playable after that without pairing. A representative for Sony did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The post says the reason for the requirement is to “protect players from suffering and abuse by allowing for the banning of players who engage in that type of behavior.” Banned players may appeal.

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While PlayStation 5 console players must pay a fee to play online games like Helldivers 2 with a PlayStation Plus subscription, creating a PlayStation Network account is free. Sony provided a link for players to create a new account and the process can also be done through the PlayStation mobile app. An email address is required and the account must be verified using that address.

Previously, Helldivers 2 players had the option to link to their PlayStation account to enable cross-play, where PC and PlayStation 5 Helldivers could play the same games. There is currently no Xbox console version of the game, but it is rumored to be a possibility.

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Online discussion about the change was rapid: a Reddit thread on the topic garnered nearly 10,000 upvotes in 12 hours, and some posters point out that there are countries where players cannot create PSN accounts. Johan Pilestedt, CEO of Arrowhead Studios, the studio behind the game, said the company is checking for solutions For that.

In X, the publication of the advertisement It had over 8,600 responses, with some suggesting that Steam users uninstall the game and request refunds.

Windows Central reported that players are bombing the game on Steam, meaning posting numerous negative reviews of the game, due to the new requirement. Recent reviews on Steam are listed as “Mixed,” with one top review joking that the automatons, the game’s robot villains, have taken over Sony’s headquarters.