How to Fix Server Request Failed Error 5 3 503 in Helldivers 2

Another launch day filled with server woes. Here's how to fix the Server Request Error 5 3 503 in Helldivers 2.

A Helldiver plotting the next mission in Helldivers 2
Image via PlayStation YouTube
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It should come as no surprise that there are server issues after PlayStation announced that the game went gold in the middle of January. Let’s go into potential ways to fix Server Request Failed error 5 3 503 in Helldivers 2 when launching.

Can You Fix the Server Request Failed Error 5 3 503 in Helldivers 2?

The Helldivers 2 Server Request Failed 5 3 503 error appears to be caused by the servers overloading with players, making this a typical “launch day” error at the time of writing. Your best solution is to close and relaunch the game to try connecting again. You might also want to check the integrity of your game files, or even restart Steam, but it seems like the solution to this problem is patience.

Close and Relaunch the Game

This is the most basic solution, and the only one that both PlayStation 5 and PC players can both do. Just close the game and relaunch to see if you can get past the notification where you get this error.

Verify the Integrity of Your Helldiver 2 Files on Steam, or Reinstall the Game on PS5

This fix for Server Request Failed 5 3 503 error is another rudimentary one, since this error is caused by server issues. Regardless, I did have a friend get their game to work just by verifying their game files.

This can be done by right-clicking the Helldivers 2 in your Steam library, selecting Properties, and then clicking the “Verify integrity of game files” button in the Installed Files tab. For PlayStation 5 users, the closest thing you can get to this process is to delete and reinstall the game.

A Helldiver assaulting a base from above in Helldivers 2
Image via PlayStation YouTube

Restart Steam to Fix the Server Request Failed Error

This is another easy off-the-road fix that has worked for some, even if it is a basic solution. It may be because you make a new connection to the Steam servers. Whatever the reason, this one does work for some people.

Wait Out the Error

This isn’t an ideal solution, but it might be the only option if you can’t connect to Helldivers 2 regardless of what fixes you’ve tried. The 5 3 503 error seems to simply be a server overload error, so there isn’t much that can be done on the user end. Instead, Sony needs to upgrade the game’s servers to accomodate the large playerbase.

That’s it for potential ways to fix the Server Request Error 5 3 503 in Helldivers 2. There aren’t many ways to get around this error. It may be that your best course of action is to wait. Check out some of our Helldivers 2 guides here on GameSkinny once you’re in there running and gunning.

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