As Dead Island 2 gears up for its April 21 release, it’s set to conquer a wide range of platforms, encompassing both current and previous generation consoles (excluding Switch) as well as PC.
This broad availability raises questions about cross-play and co-op functionalities, especially for gamers looking to team up across different devices. This article offers a comprehensive guide on what to expect regarding cross-play and cooperative play in Dead Island 2.
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Cross-Play Capabilities in Dead Island 2
A critical inquiry among players is whether Dead Island 2 supports cross-play between different console ecosystems. Unfortunately, the game does not offer this feature. Players on PlayStation will not be able to join those on Xbox or PC and vice versa. Nonetheless, cross-generational play is available within the same ecosystem.
This means PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5 users can join forces, as can Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S gamers. Notably, Dead Island 2 does not support cross-save functionality, implying a commitment to a single platform for consistent progress.
An important note: players using older generation base models (PS4, Xbox One, and Xbox One S) face a limitation – they can join but not host co-op games. This restriction is under review for future updates. For uninterrupted gameplay, ensure your group includes someone with a PS4 Pro, PS5, Xbox One X, or Xbox Series X|S.
Unlocking Co-Op in Dead Island 2
Cooperative play becomes an option after progressing through the initial stages of Dead Island 2. Specifically, it unlocks during the “Call The Cavalry” main story quest, typically within the first 20–60 minutes of gameplay. Players have the choice of three co-op settings:
- Invite Only
- Friends Only
Alternatively, you can enjoy the game in single-player mode, which includes the ability to pause the game.
Co-Op Mechanics in Dead Island 2
Deciding your platform for Dead Island 2 is just the beginning. The game allows for up to three players in a team, giving you the chance to select from six unique characters, each with distinct abilities and traits. This diversity enables players to form a balanced team, leveraging strengths and mitigating weaknesses.
It’s crucial to note that story progression impacts co-op play. If players are at different stages in the main storyline, they may face restrictions in hosting each other. The game’s design ensures that you cannot bypass story segments through co-op play. However, progress, including inventory items, is retained from cooperative sessions. Thus, playing consistently with a small, dedicated group and maintaining similar progress levels is ideal for seamless transitions between solo and co-op modes.