In terms of indie FPS games, there aren’t many as popular as Deep Rock Galactic. Developed by Ghost Ship Games, the title is skyrocketing in popularity thanks to it being a PlayStation Plus title for January 2022. It’s a co-op shooter in the same vein as Destiny, but can you play via split-screen? Read on for all the details on whether Deep Rock Galactic has split-screen multiplayer.
Is Deep Rock Galactic Split-Screen?
Sadly, there is no split-screen mode for Deep Rock Galactic. While the game is a co-op experience, you’ll have to team up with friends online, rather than playing on the same screen.
Yes, if you try to start a lobby in Deep Rock Galactic, you’ll find that there’s no option to add an offline co-op partner. That makes split-screen impossible, so online gameplay is the only option. It’s a shame, since a lot of old-school FPS games made their mark by including split-screen modes. Titles like Halo and Call of Duty gave players hours of offline co-op fun, but it’s a trend that seems to be dying out.
Of course, that isn’t to say that split-screen multiplayer will never arrive in Deep Rock Galactic. Now the game is a PS+ title, its player base is due to skyrocket. With that influx of players will come newfound calls for a split-screen option, so don’t be shocked if this changes in the future. As of right now, however, you’ll need to find teammates who can battle online. Ghost Ship Games hasn’t said anything to suggest they’re working on tweaks to offline co-op, so it might be a case of wishful thinking rather than probability.
Therefore, Deep Rock Galactic seems set to remain as an online multiplayer game for the time being. It really does seem like the days of de facto split-screen co-op are over.
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Luke Hinton is a freelance culture journalist living in Cardiff, Wales. He graduated from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism, Media and Communications, and currently balances his freelancing work with postgraduate studies. He specialises in film, TV and entertainment writing.