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[Latest Updates] “Failed to Join Game Lobby” Quickplay Matchmaking issue on Helldivers 2


  • Matchmaking and Quickplay are currently experiencing issues due to high player volume.
  • Developers are actively working on a fix and will patch the game soon.
  • Expect some patience as server capacity is adjusted and patches are deployed.

This guide provides tried-and-tested solutions to fix Quickplay issues on Helldivers 2 and get you back in the action with fellow Helldivers.

Note: Failed to join lobby issue differs from Failed to create lobby error. If you are looking for failed to create lobby error, we have compiled a list of fixes here.

"Failed to Join Game Lobby" Quickplay issue on Helldivers 2

How to fix Helldivers 2 “Failed to Join Game Lobby” Quickplay Matchmaking problems?

Here are the best solutions for resolving Helldivers 2 Quickplay problems:

New Fixes as of Feb 23, 2024

After every patch, the previous fixes that worked stopped working. At the same time, there will be server issues that prompt players to find new workarounds.

Here are the new fixes after the patch 1.000.11

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Here are the discord communities you can join.

https://discord.com/invite/helldivers (official)



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Fixes as of Feb 20, 2024

Earlier Fixes

1. Disable Crossplay: Some players have found success by disabling crossplay temporarily. Access this option in the game’s settings or your platform’s settings.

Disabling crossplay might help restore Quickplay functionality until a permanent fix is implemented.  For that, players can follow these simple steps:

  • Select the “Gameplay” option from the “Options” tab.
  • Look for the ‘Crossplay‘ option.
  • Turn it off.
  • Save the settings.
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2. Throw your SOS Beacon: You need to load into a game and throw your SOS beacon. Once it is down quit out of the game. Go in your ship and launch the same mission. Your ship will then fill with other players and you can play with a full group.

Players did this multiple times and it has worked every time.

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3. Keep Spamming. If nobody joins you, this means your slots for players are broken and need a restart. Joining other players’ matches, playing the tutorial, or quitting the game fixes the issue. Also, if you have trouble finding a quick match, just keep spamming it. Sometimes it can take 10 tries of failed connections. SOS is broken and won’t work, so don’t bother with it.

4. Join Friends Directly [as on Feb 16, 2024]: This method is currently working reliably. Arrowhead Game Studios is actively working on resolving the matchmaking and Quickplay issues.

Below you can find the latest official statement from Arrowhead CEO published by developers on the official Discord channel:

Hey everybody!

It’s been a bit of crisis mode in the studio today therefore I have not been as active as I would have liked. We are seeing the matchmaking issues as well as some of the unfortunate stuck och login screen / crashes.

I just wanted to let you all know we’re working as hard as we can on resolving these, the volume of players exposed some shenanigans in the system that went past many, many, many hours or testing.

We have tried resolving it on the backend only but it seems like we will have to patch the game to resolve the issue. Sorry for this and thank you for your patience.

For now I recommend to team up with people from the community as joining friends work fine.

I hope you are enjoying the experience once you get into the game.

5. Check for restrictions: If you’re using a firewall or antivirus software, temporarily disable them to see if they’re blocking the game’s connection. Remember to re-enable them afterward for security.

6. Give it a refresh: Sometimes, a simple restart of your console or PC can resolve temporary glitches. Close the game completely and restart your device.

7. Double-check your network connection and game settings: Ensure everything is configured correctly for crossplay (refer to the previous response for details).

8. Try playing at different times or in different regions: This can help you find matches more easily, even with crossplay enabled.

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