State of Decay 2 How to Play Co-Op Multiplayer & Progression Explained

Co-op multiplayer in State of Decay 2 is an optional mode of play. The State of Decay multiplayer co-op mode carries benefits for all that are involved, including influence points, loot, achievement progress, and so on. However, you don’t have immediate access to it right of the bat. With that in mind, let’s see how to play State of Decay 2 co-op multiplayer, and explain how progression in the mode works.

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State of Decay 2 How to Play Co-Op Multiplayer & Progression Explained
State of Decay 2 How to Play Co-Op Multiplayer & Progression Explained

How to Play Multiplayer Co-Op in State of Decay 2?

To play State of Decay Co-Op Multiplayer, the first thing you have to do is complete the tutorial mission. Once you do, the game will inform you that you’ve unlocked the multiplayer options. You can then make the choice between Offline, Private, and Friends Only. You can pick whichever, because you can always change the settings later. You’re now ready to either host a game, or join someone else’s.

There are some important notes when it comes to joining someone else’s game. For one, you’ll be tethered to the host,meaning you can’t stray to far away from them. The maximum distance you can go cowboy seems to be about 450 meters (a little under 500 yards). That isn’t too restrictive, and it makes sense, If you stray too far, what’s the point of co-op? Additionally, the host’s stashes will be safe from people dropping into the game and trying to loot the host. You can communicate with other people through a communication wheel, like in Sea of Thieves, or Xbox Party Chat.

Lastly, permadeath is still a thing, even if you’re playing in someone else’s game. If you die in multiplayer, you die in your campaign as well, so never let your guard down. Zombies won’t scale in difficulty, but the lot of you will make a lot of noise, so that balances out.

Progression in State of Decay 2 Co-Op Multiplayer

The game you’ll be playing in multiplayer is the host’s “story”, so the story progression, base, and survivor communities are theirs alone. That progress won’t carry over into your game, if you’re playing as a guest. That doesn’t mean that you’re doing this for nothing, of course; the host won’t reap the only benefits As you play in multiplayer, you’ll earn multiplayer rewards and Renown, or Influence Points. You can then use Influence Points in your own campaign to boost your characters (even make community leaders), set up outposts, and so on.

Of course, by playing multiplayer co-op in State of Decay 2, you’ll also earn a bunch of loot that will also carry over. Every player will receive their own color-coded loot that only they can open, and every character will get different loot. Last, but not least, achievement progression from the multiplayer carries over into the single player. So, guests might not reap as many rewards as the hosts, but there’s still plenty incentives to play multiplayer co-op.

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