After Public Outcry, Capcom Adding Local Co-Op To Resident Evil

After Public Outcry, Capcom Adding Local Co-Op To Resident Evil

This might be the weirdest story I’ve reported on in a while. Capcom announced local co-op for Resident Evil: Revelations 2 on PC before saying it was a mistake. Then, a modder added local co-op to the game in a matter of days. Now, Capcom is officially adding the feature themselves!

When Revelations 2 was listed on Steam for pre-orders, it mentioned local co-op, but as the game launched, a tiny caveat at the bottom of the game’s description mentioned this wasn’t true. Naturally, fans were upset. It’s not uncommon for split-screen features to be dropped on PC, but at the very least, publishers should be upfront about the changes and Capcom wasn’t.

Within days, a modder added local co-op to the game, suggesting it wasn’t terribly difficult. While it’s hard to say what prompted Capcom to officially start building the feature into Revelations 2, having your fans figure it out less than a week after release probably didn’t help.

On Steam today, Capcom announced players could opt into a beta version with local co-op:

“Hello RE fans,

Following Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC player feedback, we’ve got some new information to share. The development team has been exploring various options and we’re in the process of creating a way for players to utilise a local co-op feature

Soon we plan to release a beta branch on Steam which will allow two players to play the Story and Raid modes locally via a split screen. We want to get this feature in the hands of our PC players as soon as possible, so this option may not be 100% polished when it is released. Feedback from those who try it out is welcomed. For anyone who isn’t satisfied with this option, refunds are available through Steam.”

If you’d like to participate, instructions for joining the beta version of Revelations 2 are here.

I’d like to say this is the last time I’m writing about this story, but who knows at this point?


  • pardon my ignorance, but people still/are able to do this on a 27 inch monitor?

    Every articale on this my general thought has been, ‘meh, who cares’

    • I don’t really want to pardon your ignorance. Local co-op is a feature that I often seek out so that I can play games in the same space as my partner and friends.
      We play all of our co-op games on a 24″ monitor with a couple of gamepads; the only issues we come up against are poor implementation of co-op modes and patching co-op back into games that have had them removed in the transition to PC.

      I appreciate that you don’t care, some of us do care quite a bit, and I personally wonder what purpose there is in denouncing something you don’t care about.

  • “Refunds available through Steam”
    They say that like getting a refund from Steam on a game that has launched is so incredibly easy and hassle free… I’d rather pull my own teeth out.

  • Apart from them saying it was available and it not being so, why are there so many people wanting split-screen co-op on this game.

    Not to be that guy, but I wouldn’t think that there were too many people who had what it required to play it that way? (Are we doing a 90’s throwback and share the keyboard?) I can understand why they wouldn’t have planned to do so.

    LAN Co-op? Sounds fantastic. Online Co-op? Pretty good too! But i’m still unsure about Split Screen.

    • Steam can run perfectly well on a TV in big Picture mode and games all support control pads now. I stream Dynasty Warriors 8: Tsunami Surfing Horse Edition from my PC to my Surface 3 and output it to my TV. My girlfriend and I kill peasants together on the couch. Local PC co-op s awesome.

  • The inclusion of split-screen co-op has put this game back on the radar for me. My computer is setup in my lounge room and i live with housemates who like to game. Too often though we get denied where our console counterparts are granted split-screen. L4D, Borderlands, Res Evil; all these games are great to play on the couch with friends but companies actively take them out of the PC versions. I can only assume it is so they can get friends to buy a copy each and play online. Online play is great and all, but i like sitting in the same room as my friends and eating popcorn and drinking beer while i play. Even if you only play by yourself, why would you decry the inclusion of online co-op?

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