Helldivers 2 CEO wants the game to last forever

Helldivers 2 CEO wants the game to last forever
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Live-service games have become a major focus of the gaming industry in recent years, with every developer wanting to capture their own slice of success by taking inspiration from the likes of Fortnite, Call of Duty, World of Warcraft, and Destiny 2. This has even led to the likes of Sony just opting to release as many as possible and hope one sticks enough to become a success, with the publisher originally planning on releasing 12 new live-service games before 2026, eventually lowering that number to 6 to try and make more high-quality experiences.

Unfortunately, the vast majority of live-service games get shut down within the first couple of years and the few players that were invested in its success usually get screwed over. Helldivers 2 has managed to break out of the live-service curse and find its footing as one of the biggest games of 2024, with it recently being revealed that it had sold 12 million copies in the first three months. But, although it has seen a lot of success early on, many do wonder what the future will hold and whether the game will cease to be playable. Thankfully the developers have some positive news and they want it to stick around for a long time to come.

Three Helldivers 2 soldiers in armored suits and helmets stand on an alien landscape with a bright sky and distant moons.
Image via Arrowhead Game Studios

The Arrowhead Game Studio CEO Johan Plestedt recently discussed the long-term future of Helldivers 2 in the official Discord server, where he stated that he wants the game to last forever, ensuring that Helldivers can fight for democracy forever saying,

“If you have bought the game – you will be able to play forever,” following this statement up with “Even if we were to sunset the game. We would build automation on the gamemaster and other features. We don’t want to screw you guys over.”

This is great news and, although it isn’t a guarantee that Helldivers 2 will remain playable for years or even decades to come, it is refreshing to see a developer care about the future of its live-service game. It is difficult to become invested in most live-service games because in the back of your mind you know it is likely that the game will vanish one day, with only the top titles such as Fortnite standing the test of time. For every Fortnite or Call of Duty, there are dozens of games such as Spellbound that have shut down and have been long forgotten about by both the developers and the gaming community.

One thing that was also forgotten about by the Helldivers 2 community was the most recent Major Order, which called for the eradication of 2 billion Automatons. Unfortunately, the community failed the event by short of just under 500 million, with many players still opting to fight the Terminids. This means that once again we failed to unlock the Anti-Tank Mines, after having previously chosen the Airburst Rocket Launcher over them. As we wait for the next Major Order to go live, we highly recommend checking out our Helldivers 2 best weapons guide and best armor guide so you can play your part in completing the next event so we don’t take yet another L in our fight for freedom.