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Helldivers 2: Guarding the Galactic War Against Cheaters

In a bold move to address player concerns, developer Arrowhead Game Studios has stepped forward to shed light on its use of the infamous GameGuard ant...

Josh West Feb 10, 2024
Helldivers 2: Guarding the Galactic War Against Cheaters

In a bold move to address player concerns, developer Arrowhead Game Studios has stepped forward to shed light on its use of the infamous GameGuard anti-cheat system in Helldivers 2. In an amusing twist, they explain why they opted for the kernel-level GameGuard, tackling the kernel of the matter head-on.

Arrowhead Game Studios kicks off the explanation by acknowledging that GameGuard, a kernel-level anti-cheat software that some might even label a rootkit, is one of the most effective ways to combat cheating in the game. They emphasize that GameGuard won't cling to players' PCs like a persistent leech once the game is uninstalled. Moreover, the anti-cheat system respects global privacy laws, such as Europe's GDPR, ensuring players' sensitive information remains safeguarded.

Now, you might ask, why does Helldivers 2 need an anti-cheat system in the first place? After all, it's a cooperative game without any competitive elements, right? Well, according to Peter Lindgren, the technical director, they want to protect the non-cheating players from the detrimental effects of cheaters. Picture this: a cheater swooping in and derailing the progression curve of Helldivers 2 by skyrocketing mission rewards for everyone. It's like spiking the punch at a party and leaving everyone else with a hangover.

Lindgren shares an anecdote from the original Helldivers, where cheating ran rampant. "When we released Helldivers 1 on PC, there was effectively no anti-cheat implemented," he recalls. "To make matters worse, Helldivers 1 used a peer-to-peer networking model, meaning each game client trusted each other blindly. Shortly after release, we discovered a cheat that granted 9999 research samples."

"But here's the kicker," Lindgren continues, a twinkle in his eye. "Not only did cheaters get 9999 research samples, but innocent players in the same mission were also bestowed with this abundance. These unwitting victims had their entire progression ruined through no fault of their own. Talk about a buzzkill!"

In an FAQ section further into the statement, Arrowhead Game Studios confirms that while they are employing GameGuard to protect Helldivers 2's monetization structures, their primary motivation for choosing this anti-cheat system was to defend the social fabric of the Galactic War meta story. It's like safeguarding a cosmic soap opera from the nefarious schemes of cheaters, ensuring that the tale unfolds without any unwelcome plot twists.

Helldivers 2 has taken the gaming world by storm, especially on PC, where it skyrocketed to become Sony's biggest Steam launch yet. The game's success is a testament to the dedication of Arrowhead Game Studios in creating an exhilarating cooperative experience that remains untainted by cheaters.

So, fellow Helldivers, fear not! The Galactic War is fortified against the scourge of cheating, thanks to the valiant efforts of Arrowhead Game Studios and the trusty GameGuard. Grab your comrades, don your armor, and dive into the chaos, knowing that justice prevails in the face of cheaters. The fate of the galaxy depends on you!