Friends are only permitted in Dead Island 2 if you have a PS5 or Xbox Series X

The player talks to a character in a cut scene.
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Those playing Dead Island 2 on last-gen consoles will be sorely disappointed as they cannot host multiplayer sessions. 

Dambuster Studios has thrown a spanner in the works for those gearing up to play Dead Island 2 on their PS4 or Xbox One. Thanks to restrictions caused by the zombie shooter’s graphic requirements, only those with more recent consoles will be able to host two or more players on their server.

In a recent blog post, Dambuster Studios said, “The host must play on the latest generation console (PS5 / Xbox Series X|S) or one of the Generation 8+ consoles (PS4 Pro/Xbox One X)”. PC gamers are unaffected by this and can co-op on other PC sessions as they see fit. 

Down in the mud  

Topless muscular male zombie lunging towards player POV

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This is obviously less than ideal for many players, but thankfully it won’t affect multiplayer story progression too badly, as long as you know someone with a next-gen console. Progress and achievements will be saved regardless if you’re a host or a client. 

“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.," Dambuster Studios said.

While players can play missions, they have already completed with friends, they won’t be able to skip forward in and play sections they have yet to come across in either singleplayer or multiplayer sessions. There really is no cheating Dead Island 2, as Dambuster wants you to experience every gory detail of this zombocalypse to ensure players won’t "miss out on important story beats, levelling up, items etc.". 

It’s too dangerous to go alone 

A character in sunglasses rests a bat on his shoulder in front of another character

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The prospect of entering Hell-A alone isn’t a comforting one. For all of Dead Island 2’s faults, the multiplayer can actually be quite enjoyable. Going solo is a messy and undirected gore fest which can get pretty frustrating and boring as you cut through the hordes of the undead by yourself. 

However, if you decide to take friends on your vacation through the bloody streets of Hell-A., you’ll definitely have a better experience. It will make annihilating groups of zombies easier, and you’ll probably have more fun watching hapless mates run across the map chased by the buffest zombies you’ve ever seen. As it’s a day one Xbox Game Pass, you can even play with mates at no extra cost.

While it’s true that almost every game can be entertaining when you’re playing with the right people. It’s crucial that you give yourself the best chance possible in conquering the zombie-infested L.A. so even if you can’t host a multiplayer session, be sure to find someone who can. 

Elie Gould
Features Writer

Elie is a Features Writer for TechRadar Gaming, here to write about anything new or slightly weird. Before writing for TRG, Elie studied for a Masters at Cardiff University JOMEC in International Journalism and Documentaries – spending their free time filming short docs or editing the gaming section for their student publications. 

Elie’s first step into gaming was through Pokémon but they've taken the natural next step in the horror genre. Any and every game that would keep you up at night is on their list to play - despite the fact that one of Elie’s biggest fears is being chased.