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Helldivers has a ridiculous, incredibly dangerous bug

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Helldivers is certainly making noise for all the right reasons. It sounds like an impeccably crafted multiplayer experience, and I’m seriously tempted to whip out my credit card and take the plunge on my PS Vita. That way I’ll be able to binge literally anywhere, and also not have to worry about any of my progress suddenly being erased because of a flat controller.

Because that’s exactly what’s happening on PS4. Some users began reporting that their Helldivers progress was being mysteriously overwritten, shortly after switch controllers or plugging in a flat one. It didn’t take long for developers Arrowhead to realize that there was a pretty bizarre bug at play in the background, and the only solution is not to let your controller die on you.

Arrowhead is busy trying to fix the issue in their next patch, but already have some advice on how to avoid it altogether. It’s pretty simple, if you are OCD about checking your controller’s battery levels.

What you can do about it: Make sure your controller has a full charge when you start playing. Don’t switch controllers if your battery is running low, just connect it to a cable, and wait until you are on the bridge and done with saving before switching to another controller.

If your controller happens to die on your while playing, you should probably turn off your PS4 before the game decides to save again, as that will definitely overwrite your progress. It’s an inconvenient workaround to a really silly problem, but thankfully it doesn’t seem to be affecting every single player. But you probably don’t want to be taking the risk regardless.

That probably shouldn’t keep you from playing what sounds like one of the best Sony titles of the year either. It’s a small issue that’s going to be ironed out soon, so if you’re grinding away just be aware. Don’t let that controller die soldier.

Last Updated: March 10, 2015


  1. Gerhard Davids

    March 10, 2015 at 11:36

    Interesting story. The PS1 hardware had a bug where when writing to memory card while using a clockspeed closer to 1000Hz (from the default 100) and you “jiggle” the controller the save data would corrupt. This was found by one of the Crash Bandicoot dev’s.

    “I’ve never been totally clear on what the exact problem was, but my impression from what I heard back from Sony HQ was that setting the programmable timer to a sufficiently high clock rate would interfere with things on the motherboard near the timer crystal. One of these things was the baud rate controller for the memory card, which also set the baud rate for the controllers. I’m not a hardware guy, so I’m pretty fuzzy on the details.”


  2. Hammersteyn

    March 10, 2015 at 11:37

    Friendly fire from the devs?


  3. Loftus

    March 10, 2015 at 11:40

    Very Eskom move of them


  4. Pariah

    March 10, 2015 at 11:40

  5. Pariah

    March 10, 2015 at 11:41

    • wakka

      March 10, 2015 at 11:52

      she is still hot


  6. Hammersteyn

    March 10, 2015 at 11:41

    *Mini usb cable sales rises


  7. Pariah

    March 10, 2015 at 11:42

  8. RinceThis

    March 10, 2015 at 11:56

    • Gr8_Balls_o_KFM_Fire

      March 10, 2015 at 12:26

      Oh my hat!!! Hahahaha!!!! Wow…


    • Sageville

      March 10, 2015 at 12:28

      American footballers trying rugby is just wrong.


    • Hammersteyn

      March 11, 2015 at 15:34

      He is fail


  9. Admiral Chief

    March 10, 2015 at 11:56

  10. Jarrod Lane

    March 10, 2015 at 11:58

    Today is the lady day to get the PSN+ discount on Helldivers, you know what to do!


  11. Gavin Mannion

    March 10, 2015 at 12:03

    I’m tempted to hack Zoe’s controller so this happens and she loses her tank just to watch the drama unfold.. she has an unnatural love for her tank


    • Admiral Chief

      March 10, 2015 at 12:13

      Please post a video of this, you know, for science!


  12. Sageville

    March 10, 2015 at 12:29

    Now yawl got me paranoid…


  13. Norm

    March 10, 2015 at 12:46

    If only this was coming to the Xbox 360.


    • Hammersteyn

      March 11, 2015 at 15:34



  14. Her Highness the Hipster

    March 10, 2015 at 12:54

    Sandy neglected to mention that this doesn’t affect all users. Been playing with a bunch of people who swap controllers mid Helldive and never had an issue.


    • MPTheGreek

      March 11, 2015 at 15:31

      Same here must be a perfect storm of losing controller during cloud save or something.


    • Hammersteyn

      March 11, 2015 at 15:34



  15. Ranting Raptor

    March 10, 2015 at 13:08



  16. MPTheGreek

    March 11, 2015 at 15:30

    This is rare my controller has died with no problems.


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