Dead Island 2 is just a few days away from release but developer Dambuster Studios dropped an unexpected bombshell for all base PS4 owners who are planning to play the game with friends. According to the studio, the base PS4 won’t allow players to host their own online co-op sessions at launch. However, Dambuster Studios assured fans that it’s working on fixing the issue.
This issue extends to the base Xbox One as well. Fortunately, base-model last-gen console players will still be able to join sessions but won’t be able to host their own. PS4 Pro and Xbox One X players are safe for now and will be able to host online sessions as this problem seems to only affect the base last-gen consoles for some reason. Dambuster Studios confirmed that it’s aware of the issue and is working on a fix right now.
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That said, PS5, Xbox Series X/S and PC players should have no problem hosting online co-op sessions in Dead Island 2 at launch. With the game supporting cross-gen play, this means base PS4 and Xbox One players will still be able to join sessions hosted by current-gen console owners. Sadly if you have a base last-gen console and plan to play co-op with a friend who also has a base last-gen console, you might be out of luck until a future update.
In order to unlock co-op play in Dead Island 2, players must first reach the “Call the Cavalry” mission in the game which takes about 30 minutes. This will initiate the option to play in online co-op. As mentioned before, base PS4 and Xbox One players will only have the option to join sessions at this point and not host them.
Dead Island 2 recently released to mostly positive reviews with many outlets praising its hyper-violent gameplay and engaging zombie activities. You can read our full review here.
Dead Island 2 launches on 21 April 2023 for PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X/S and PC.
Source: Dambuster Studios