“Our CCO is not micromanaging us” – After the latest major update to Helldivers 2 wins acclaim, Arrowhead reiterates that it wasn’t a one-man job

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Despite some concerns about the game’s pop-up rate and persistent bugs, the Helldivers 2 community seems to be much happier with the game since last week’s large patch went live. Much of the praise from players for the change in direction has been directed solely at former Arrowhead CEO Johan Pilestedt, but the studio wants to make it clear that the patch was a team effort.

In case you’re not up to date, Pilestedt made the decision to step down from his CEO duties at the studio slow last month, remaining as original director – a position that was intended to allow him to spend more time focusing on helping oversee the development of the game rather than the case business. While things have been going quite well so far – after restoring enough goodwill, players recently decided to follow Arrowhead’s insistence to save some impoverished Super Earth kids – Pilestedt’s work wasn’t the only factor in the change.

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In response to some of the praise the patch received, Pilestedt’s responded via Twitter. “I saw that many people had a lot of trust in me for this patch, as if I was the only person responsible,” he wrote. “I want to make it clear that the team contributed to this patch. Without their effort, design sensitivity, diligence and passion, none of this would be possible.”

Meanwhile, on the game’s Discord server, Arrowhead senior game designer Alexus Kravchenko, who has previously faced criticism for unpopular tweaks to weapons like the R-36 Eruptor, also sent a message to players.


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He also added: “I’ll take the L for Eruptor though. I shouldn’t have jumped on Discord after my first knee-jerk reaction. I feel the fresh blog post format conveys our point of view much better, so I will refrain from public discussions to avoid saying something stupid again.”

So please don’t give one guy all the credit or blame for the work of the entire team, including a compact Arrowhead patch was released today to fix a number of bugs and crash scenarios – the most notable of which is a recent fix that should finally make the spear that previously had aiming issues 100% viable again.

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