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Helldivers 2 is finally here and with its rapidly growing popularity, a variety of server issues are showing their ugly face. One of these is giving players the message “Server Request Failed.”

If you are seeing this message you are not alone, but it can be confusing as to what it actually means. So you’re in the loop here is what the problem seems to be, and what you can do on your end to rule out any potential contributing factors.

What is Helldivers 2 ‘Server Request Failed’ error?

Helldivers 2 creatures
Image via Arrowhead Game Studios

You’re most likely seeing Helldivers 2’s Server Request Failed error message as a result of an influx of players attempting to get in the game. This error is due to congested Helldivers 2 servers, it is not something on the player’s end.

Due to the error being on Arrowhead Game Studios’ side, there isn’t a whole lot that players can do to fix it, but there are typical troubleshooting steps you can try.

How to fix Helldivers 2 ‘Server Request Failed’

Some things that are worth trying when you see the Server Request Failed message show up include checking the game’s server status for any planned maintenance, verifying your game files, and checking your internet connection.

There are a few places to check the status of Helldivers 2 servers. The best are the game’s official social media accounts including X. This is where the devs typically post if they are having issues or planning maintenance. Alongside X, the game’s Discord and official support page should have some information about server issues.

If you are playing Helldivers 2 on Steam then it might be worth verifying your game files to be sure there are no corruption issues at play. This can be done in the Steam client by heading to your library, finding Helldivers 2, right-clicking and selecting properties, and from the Local Files tab choosing to verify the files.

The last thing to do before waiting for the devs to fix the issue should be to ensure your internet connection is live and stable. At this point, it’s just a matter of waiting.