Helldivers 2 crossplay – how to play with friends on PC and PS5

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Thanks to crossplay, Helldivers 2 players can team up even if they’re on PC and PS5. Our comprehensive guide will help you set things up if you want to tackle missions for democracy across ecosystems.

Helldivers 2 crossplay: Players team up to fight in the game. Image captured by VideoGamer.
Teaming up will let you face bigger foes. Image captured by VideoGamer.
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How to play with friends via crossplay

Enable crossplay, use your Friend code, and accept an invite to play with friends in Helldivers 2.

How to play with friends via crossplay in Helldivers 2

Helldivers 2 has crossplay support, letting you play with friends on both PC and PS5. Xbox support isn’t in the cards, especially since the game is published by Sony. While just enabling crossplay will let you team up with randoms, here’s how you can play with buddies on another platform in Helldivers 2 to take down bugs and robots:

  • Ensure that you have crossplay enabled in the Options menu under the Gameplay section.
  • Now head to the Social menu and find the Friend Code. This eight-digit code can be shared with friends to receive friend invites.
  • Ask your friends to head to the search bar at the Social menu and enter this code to send a friend request to you. Once you accept their invite via the in-game friend code system, they can join your squad easily next time. In the following image, you can spot a PlayStation player next to PC ones.
Helldivers 2 crossplay: A player checks their Friend Code and players with whom they recently played. Image captured by VideoGamer.
The Social menu has your Friend Code. Image captured by VideoGamer.

Does Helldivers 2 support cross-progression

No, the game does not support cross-progression or cross-save functionality. On X (formerly Twitter), Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt noted that ‘We didn’t think enough people would be interested so we decided to cut it – but now it seems there’s a significant part of the audience that is playing on both platforms.’ He mentioned that ‘There will probably be cross progression sometime in the future.’ This will allow you to save your progress and bring it with you to whichever platform you want. Instead of having to start over, players can bring their profile and progression along with them.

Can you turn off crossplay in Helldivers 2

Yes, you can switch crossplay off in the game. Head over to the ‘Options’ menu and go to the ‘Gameplay’ tab. Here, you can toggle crossplay off to ensure that you match with players from the same system as yours. Expect this to increase the time it takes for you to enter a mission if you’re teaming up with randoms.

Helldivers 2 crossplay: The Options menu with the crossplay option highlighted. Image captured by VideoGamer.
The Options section lets you disable crossplay. Image captured by VideoGamer.

How to fix crossplay friend request bug

Players report only being able to team up with randoms via quickplay or by using SOS beacons on different platforms. When it comes to joining friendly squads, a crossplay bug makes deliberate teamwork harder to accomplish. It forces the Arrowhead community to place their bets on an open lobby having good teammates.

While developer Arrowhead Game Studios has indicated that they are working on a fix for this issue, it has not been fixed yet. A post from Helldivers 2 community manager Twinbeard on the official Discord server noted that “it’s being worked on continuously.” Here are some things you can try to fix the crossplay friend request bug:

  • Try canceling the previous friend request and sending a new one. This might fix the problem.
  • Switch crossplay off and on in the Gameplay tab. After this, try adding a friend from another platform.
  • You can also try joining a specific mission lobby at the same time but you won’t always end up with your friends. To use this workaround, pick the same difficulty and then look to join the same mission type on a planet. The host can kick random players who enter these lobbies.
  • Recheck your internet connection and VPN to see if it’s an issue on your end.

Helldivers 2 crossplay and cross progression FAQs

Can you disable crossplay in Helldivers 2?

Yes, you can disable this in the settings if you face any issues or want to stick to a single platform.

How many friends can I play with in Helldivers 2?

You can team up with three other players for a maximum of four members.

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Annie Thelen

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Helldivers 2

  • Release Date: February 8, 2024
  • Platform(s): PC, PlayStation 5
  • Genre(s): Action, Shooter, Third Person
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