Dying Light 2 Stay Human will be in players' hands by the end of the week and what's better than taking out hordes of zombies and exploring Villedor? Doing it with friends. Dying Light 2 Stay Human offers a pretty robust set of co-op features so it's definitely worth collaborating with your friends to take on the apocalypse. In this Dying Light 2 Multiplayer Guide, we'll go over what you can, and what you can't do with friends in Dying Light 2 Stay Human.
When can you play multiplayer in Dying Light 2?
From where you start Dying Light 2 Stay Human, outside the walls on your way to Villedor you'll need to wait until you've completed this prologue section to be able to enable multiplayer. This tutorial will run through the basics of stealth, combat, and parkour as you make your way to the tunnel into the city. Once inside you'll be able to switch your game from Single Player mode to one of the varieties of multiplayer options. This will then allow you to have friends or complete strangers join in on your game.
What Dying Light 2 Multiplayer Options Are there?
You can choose to have any of the following multiplayer setups
- Single Player - Here you can't join anyone nor can they join you, if you want an uninterrupted Dying Light 2 experience this is where you'll want to be
- Public Lobby - Anyone and everyone can join in on your game
- Private Lobby - You are online, but you'll need to specifically invite people for them to be able to join in your game
- Friends Only - With this setting only your platform friends can join your game
Is There Dying Light 2 Crossplay Multiplayer?
Unfortunately, there is no crossplay in Dying Light 2 Stay Human. Xbox players can only play with Xbox players and PlayStation with PlayStation. At launch there is also no cross-generation play, this means if you own the game on Xbox Series X|S you will not be able to join in a game with your friend who owns an Xbox One.
While it seems like the conversation has been settled about Crossplay Techland has actually commented saying they're working to make cross-generation play a possibility but it will not be available at launch.
PC players who purchase the game via Steam will see an option to connect to their Epic Game Store account via the Multiplayer Lobby menu. After signing in you'll be able to not only connect to your friends who are playing via Steam but also to your friends who are playing via Epic Games.
What can you do in Dying Light 2 Stay Human Multiplayer?
The multiplayer for Dying Light 2 Stay Human is extremely robust. After getting into Villedor and enabling Multiplayer you and three other friends can party up to take on the apocalypse but just how much can you do together?
What carries over in Dying Light 2 Stay Human?
- All loot collected or character upgrades will be retained
- Weapons and items swapped between players will remain
- Quest progress will remain*
*In order for Quest progress to continue you'll need to make sure each player has the quest in their journal. You can still play and complete quests with your friends if you don't have the quest, you just won't get that progress
What changes when you begin Dying Light 2 Stay Human Multiplayer?
There are a few changes that you'll notice when you load up multiplayer and have another player join your game. The first of which is the most obvious is that you'll always have a marker pointing you in the direction of your party members. This is extremely useful in this wide world to make sure you keep your friends close, and even more important when they're downed.
Another thing you'll notice is that underneath your health is three plus symbols, these signify the number of times you can be picked up after getting dropped to 0 HP. When you lose all your health, either via a zombie attack or falling from an extended height, your party members have a brief window of time to come and pick you up. When revived you'll have 1/4 of your health, and one of the plus symbols will unhighlight. You can regain these revive by sleeping for the night or after you experience a total party wipe.
There isn't friendly fire in Dying Light 2... kinda. For the most part, you have nothing to fear about hurting your friends in-game, swinging melee weapons or firing arrows from your bow will pass straight through them. Anything that can go an area of effect damage however can still deal damage to your friends. Be careful when nearby exploding gas cans, when throwing grenades, or when activating traps.
When online you'll also have the option in the menu and upon death to "Call for Health: Search and Rescue". When activating this option your name will be highlighted on the multiplayer lobby screen and your friends will also get a notification that you are in need of assistance. This will allow you to get the attention you need to get through whatever difficulty you might be experiencing.