Island 2 is a great single-player experience, but it’s fun to play with friends
too as playing together has always been essential for our community. Co-op
supports up to three players. You and your potential other two teammates have
six characters to choose from, and your fellow co-op Slayers won't... well,
shouldn't hurt you. So, let's dive into everything you need to know about co-op
in Dead Island 2!
does co-op unlock?
You unlock the
co-op feature once you reach Emma's mansion. That will happen during the
‘Call the Cavalry’ mission, around 20 to 30 minutes into the game (depending on
First of all,
while Dead Island 2 doesn't support cross-play, it does support cross-gen. What
exactly does this mean? PlayStation 5 players can play with PlayStation 4| Pro
owners; the same goes for Xbox. You can join forces with Xbox Series X|S
players if you own an Xbox One|S|X.
The games aren't
hosted on servers; they use the peer-to-peer model instead. This means the
first player hosts the game, and the second and third join them. Due to the
game's graphic requirements, the host must play on the latest generation
console (PlayStation 5/Xbox Series X|S) or one of the Generation 8+ consoles
(PlayStation 4 Pro/Xbox One X). Base Generation 8 consoles (PlayStation 4/Xbox
One|S) will not be able to host the game at launch, but they will be able to
join it. We're working on giving the option to host on all consoles in the
future. PC players can both host and join co-op sessions.
can join you and who can you join?
The co-op game
session will not be forced on you - you can choose only to play solo. However,
you can select co-op options in your settings if you'd like to play with
- If you're a PC gamer, you can
have others join you or join other PC co-op sessions.
- If you're an Xbox Series X|S or
Xbox One X user, other Xbox Series X|S or Xbox One|S|X players can join
you. You can also join other Xbox Series X|S and Xbox One X co-op
- If you're a PlayStation 5 or
PlayStation 4 Pro user, other PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4|Pro players
can join you. You can also join other PlayStation 5 and PlayStation 4 Pro
- If you're an Xbox One|S user, you
can join Xbox Series X|S and Xbox
One X co-op sessions.
- If you're a PlayStation 4 user,
you can join PlayStation 5 or PlayStation 4 Pro co-op sessions.
For the best experience, when playing cross-generationally, we suggest players with the latest generation console are the host.
If a USK player is playing with friends in a co-op session, every player in the party will experience the USK version of the game for continuity.
However, USK and non USK players cannot play together via public matchmaking, but can join their friends via invite.
We want players
to be able to progress through the game, regardless of whether they are the
host or the client. For example, if you jump into co-op and play the game up
until the sixth story mission and end your session, when you come back to play
– either in single player or co-op -- you will pick up from the sixth mission
with all your items, stats etc. regardless of whether you were the host or
However, we do
not want players to miss out on important story beats, levelling up, items etc.
so in co-op, players cannot jump ahead of where they currently are in the story.
For example, if you are at mission three and your friend is at mission six, you
will not be able to join their game. They
will, however, be able to lend you a hand and still return to their own
progress -- unless you both play past that point together.
All gamers can
unlock achievements/trophies for the missions they've completed.
Dead Island 2 co-op players get the best experience by sticking together and
slaying together. We found through extensive iteration and play-testing that
capping at 3 players kept the combat challenging with just the right amount of
zombies. Players can also experiment with the powerful combat synergies and the
diverse but complementary builds that can be created with the skill deck.
time to waste: HELL-A is crawling with zombies, and
we're calling you a Slayer for a reason. Join forces with others and truly
immerse into the Dead Island 2 world to try to put an end to the zompocalypse
on April 21st, 2023. See you in HELL-A.