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Remnant II 2 butchers quarter

I haven't played Helldivers 2 since we last spoke (not for lack of desire) but caught wind of this weekend's spicy controvery. I have gotten a few Remnant II and PUBG sessions in.

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The original Helldivers had three enemy factions, two of which map directly to Helldivers II factions. Apparently the Illuminates were replaced with a meta-enemy, Sony. The TLDR:

TheSauce32TheSauce32 So HD 2 works fine was super popular and beloved new game with very reasonable monetization

Sony decided to cash in on the popularity to make it so everyone that plays the game has to use a PSN account To boost their numbers not just steam account

There are over 100 countries that can't create PSN accounts for a variety of reasons

Making playing the game impossible for the people in those 100+ countries even if they already bought the game

Steam started giving refunds and just now decided to delist the game for those 100+ countries affected

The community managers acted like assholes when this all started and treated its customers like dumb children too

I haven't seen such a big mess ever HD2 literally was the best release state I have seen in the last 10 years and now dumpster fire

One addition: the CEO of Arrowhead (developer) Tweeted that the PSN requirement was in the original plan but they temporarily removed it at launch amid numerous technical issues. Perhaps it was in the EULA. Perhaps it would be better if EULAs weren't ten miles long.

Helldivers 2 steam restricted countries Sony

I think I originally linked my PSN account to Steam so I could do crossplay. Crossplay worked, but adding a friend to crossplay with did not work. As of the latest patch notes I saw, this issue still isn't fixed despite everyone being forced onto PSN.

Unfortunately, unless I'm mistaken, Sony owns the IP.
While the DDR mechanics, the humor and writing are Arrowhead, they don't get to call the shots here.
Once again, big publisher showing utter asshatery.
If Arrowhead goes indy in the future, I will support them.
Arrowhead devs should all resign, and start a Patreon to make a new game, "Dellhivers 2"
Doomjumpers. For the glory of Supreme Earth!
I'm from Auenos Bieres and I say kill em all!
Somehow Auenos Bieres sounds even more spanish than the real thing

The player community has remained unified in praising the developer, panning the publisher, and tanking the game's Steam rating. It just keeps happening, though normally it's EA ruining SimCity or Mass Effect.

was it all a dream? a crazy bug killing, robot smashing dream?
It just proves beyond any reasonable doubt that gaming's biggest enemy are the executives themselves.

Edit: At least now my top comment of all time isn't about idiots squeezing birds too hard.

Editedit: FUCK.
MBAs ruin everything in this world

The spite for Sony's business-oriented decisions is extra funny having just watched the Fallout series, whose theme is "imagine a future run by managers".

I can't believe this, they've done it, they actually killed a GOTY in one week
I wish Overwatch community would be half as strong.
Blizzard fans have been eating shit so long they've developed an acquired taste

Blizzard fanboys get no respect. Even from the Arrowhead CEO:

Helldivers 2 Pilestedt tweet PSN
Remnant II

Remnant II 2 beatific palace Nimue

Me and J made it back to the Beatific Palace and were relieved to find that the Jester was not bugged (this abruptly halted our first playthrough). We've also traversed a portal-filled labyrinth and a handful of other neat worlds.

I think I mentioned before that the bosses are a mix of conventional and non-conventional. Here are short clips from a couple of them:

Remnant II 2 expanding glade alien world Remnant II 2 expanding glade tentacle Remnant II 2 imperial gardens mantagora Remnant II 2 corruptor
Remnant II 2 labyrinth Remnant II 2 labyrinth portal Remnant II 2 labyrinth portal endless fall
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Remnant II 2 phantom wasteland tower Remnant II 2 Sha Hala Remnant II 2 sentinels keep shahala
Remnant II 2 beatific palace library Remnant II 2 beatific palace Jester Remnant II 2 beatific palace Jester quill portal Remnant II 2 great hall kitchen food

With Cattle's man-closet up and running, we've scraped a little bit of the PUBG rust off.

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