Helldivers 2 Ups the Ante with Seamless Crossplay and Accessible System Demands

Helldivers 2 Ups the Ante with Seamless Crossplay and Accessible System Demands

  • 11 Jan 2024
  • Brett Takken

Gamers everywhere marinate in anticipation as Helldivers 2 gears up to launch an intergalactic frenzy in the co-op shooter arena. In a generous pre-release reveal, the development squad heralded two tantalizing tidbits. Firstly, a nod to unity — crossplay capabilities from the get-go. PC guardians can now bond with their PS5 comrades, ensuring no friend is left behind in the scuffle against extraterrestrial menaces.

Helldivers 2's approach to hardware requisites is a breath of fresh air in a market often choked by the demand for the latest specs. Those wishing to lock and load at 60 fps can find solace in the game's embrace of modesty. The developers have outlined that for a solid 1080p medium-quality experience, a trusty Nvidia RTX 2060 or AMD Radeon RX 6600 XT will suffice — components that can even be considered as approaching the twilight of their prime.

While aspiring to a higher fidelity, say 1440p "performance" setting, does amp up the requirements, the ask is still within the bounds of sanity. An RTX 3070 or RX 6800 paired with top-grade processors like the Core i5-12600K or Ryzen 7 5800X3D will send those cosmic critters scurrying in high definition. Still, these components are settled comfortably below the cutting edge, sparing many the need for a wallet-crushing upgrade.

Sony's embrace of the PC platform has been admirable, and Helldivers 2 seems poised to maintain that streak of solid ports. Excluding the unfortunate snags with The Last of Us's PC debut, there's reasonable hope that Helldivers 2 will replicate the smooth sailing performance of its predecessor. Yet, brace yourselves for its spatial hunger — an ambitious 100GB required, with SSDs recommended to keep pace with the action.

As the dawn of 2024's gaming smorgasbord breaks, it's a tall order to predict Helldivers 2's rank in the hierarchy of hits. Its challenge to Lethal Company's hold on Steam's leaderboard will be a spectacle to witness. Especially so when considering the remarkable player accessibility, it's not easy to go toe-to-toe with a game that courts such a wide audience with lenient graphics card demands. However, the promise of comrades-in-arms merrily uniting across platforms coupled with a friendly welcome to a broad spectrum of tech setups could well coalesce into Helldivers 2 rising as a beacon of inclusivity and fellowship in gaming.