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Over the last two weeks, Helldivers 2 and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League launched. However, fans had dramatically different takes on these co-op shooters.
Arrowhead Games’ Helldivers 2 became the biggest PC launch ever for PlayStation. Over the weekend, the title peaked at over 155,000 concurrent players on Steam. This is more than double the all-time peak of Sony Santa Monica’s God of War on PC, which reached over 73,500 concurrent players. Notably, Helldivers 2 launched on PC and PlayStation 5 simultaneously, but God of War launched on consoles in 2018 and released on Steam four years later.
Factors driving Helldivers 2 vs. Sucide Squad outcomes
Both Helldivers 2 and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice promised players a fast-paced co-op shooter experience with plenty of humor. So why did they have such different outcomes? Ultimately, it comes down to the differences in setting and monetization.
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