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‘Helldivers 2’ director says developers should “earn the right to monetise”

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Helldivers 2 and CEO of Arrowhead Game Studios, has disputed the idea that the game is pay-to-win in a series of social media posts.Helldivers 2 has two battle passes, termed “Warbonds”.

One Warbond is freely accessible to all players whereas the other premium Warbond is priced at 1,000 in-game Super Credits.Players are able to harvest Super Credits from playing the game, though it is significantly easier and faster to purchase the premium Warbond by spending $10.In order to unlock items in the Warbond, players must spend Medals, which are gained when completing missions or exploring the mission area.The pain point for some players is that the premium Warbond contents are not only cosmetic; they include improved versions of basic weapons with buffs like stunning enemies and explosive damage.On X, Pilestedt responded to a player who was countering the claims of Helldivers 2 being a pay-to-win title, pointing out that Super Credits are earnable through in-game activities.I'm partial but we really applied ourselves to not make it p2w even though items are functionally different.

The only item that's p2w is the revolver – which will win you any "cool gun" competition. Only (minor) problem is that it's not that good..

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