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February 21, 2024

Guide: How to Bypass the Server Capacity Queue in Helldivers 2

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Stuck waiting in Helldivers 2’s queue? Here’s how you can bypass it.

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Arrowhead Game Studios’ new third-person PvE co-op shooter Helldivers 2 has proven to be incredibly popular since its launch on February 8, with well over 400,000 players routinely jumping into the game during evenings on Steam alone. This success has been amazing to see, but unfortunately, it’s also led to significant server capacity issues that’ve made it difficult for fans to log in and do their part to defend Super Earth.

While most assume the only way to get through the resulting queue on the title screen is to wait, it is possible to bypass it entirely — and no, it doesn’t involve leaving the game open while you’re AFK, which Arrowhead plans to add a kick system for soon. Without further ado, here’s how to skip the queue in Helldivers 2.

Recently, many players have noticed extended waits in the Helldivers 2 queue during peak times. However, there’s a fairly reliable workaround, provided you have a friend who is online and playing the game.

You can bypass the Helldivers 2 queue by directly joining a friend’s session through your Steam friends list (for PC players) or through their profile (for PS5 players). This should get you past the queue whether the game is open or not, although it seems to work best if you’re already in the queue and your friend is present on their ship and not in a mission. While this method doesn’t always work, it’s generally successful, and you can simply keep re-attempting until you get through. Once you’re in, you’re free to play with your friend, or you can step back to play solo or with matchmaking.

Another option is to accept a friend’s invite to their game which will also let you avoid the queue. If your friend has opted to be ‘Invisible’ on Steam, this stopgap solution will be necessary as their ‘Invisible’ status prevents people from joining their games without an invite.

I personally tested this method recently and can confirm it works well. While I’m not sure why it works and it’s clearly not an intended feature, it’s currently a helpful hack to quickly bypass queues and get battling bugs and bots. I thoroughly recommend trying it.

Helldivers 2 is available now for $39.99 on both PS5 and PC, and so far, it’s one of the best PC games of the year. Notably, the game also supports cross-platform play between PS5 and PC.

Helldivers 2 — $39.99 at GMG (Steam)

Battle aliens, robots, and other beasts in humanity’s quest to spread democracy through an unforgiving galaxy. It’s 4-player co-op at its absolute best, and its most refined.

Also at: Amazon (PS5, Physical) | Walmart (PS5, Physical)

Super Citizen Edition: Amazon (PC, Digital) | GMG (Steam, PC, Digital)

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Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he’s been an avid fan since childhood. You’ll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.

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