2023 has blessed us with some great co-op titles, like Sons of the Forest, Cassette Beasts, and the third installment of Baldur’s Gate. The stakes are high for the last two quarters of the year, and there are a few promising titles on the way before the new year hits. Let’s look at some of the ones we’re most excited about.
Ever since Pong Doubles, credited as the first video game to feature cooperative gameplay, co-op games have been increasingly popular in the gaming community. The teamwork element of fighting alongside other players against a non-human opponent keeps fans returning to this type of gameplay.
As for online co-op games, which are synchronized for players via the internet, their popularity coincided with the development of networking technology and the advent of high-speed internet, which is, of course, essential for this type of gaming. Some players struggle with this and therefore use VPN services like ExpressVPN to play.
A VPN hides the player’s online activity from their ISP, preventing it from throttling their speed while streaming, which is especially useful for co-op games where a steady, buffer-free connection is needed. Gamers can also play together from different parts of the world by appearing in the same location, which is another big plus.
Developed by HEXWORKS and published by CI Games, this action RPG is probably on every co-op game fan’s wish list. The world of the game will be five times larger than the original one, and its developers have already said the game will take around 25 to 30 hours to finish in a single playthrough, as reported by Game Rant, which speaks volumes about its potential in terms of replayability.
Lords of the Fallen is coming out on the 13th of October.
The 2024 edition of Just Dance and the 15th one in the franchise will introduce 40 new titles for two, three, or six simultaneous players to dance along to. The game will also support local or couch co-op in addition to an online co-op.
Just like Lords of the Fallen and many others, it will see the light of day in October this year – to see all the October 2023 Co-Op Games release dates, check out our Co-Optimus official calendar.
Set in the peaceful Kilima Village, Palia is a breath of fresh air for those looking for a cozy, feel-good game. What’s more, Palia’s online co-op server will support up to 25 people – talk about a collaborative gaming experience.
You can actually start playing Palia for free right now in its Open Beta mode! And don’t worry – any and all progress will carry over into the official game when it releases at an unannounced date later this year.
Besides these games, we’re also looking forward to Tom Clancy's The Division Heartland, Red Storm’s free-to-play, third-person shooter action game, which is supposed to come out later this year, and Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, the highly anticipated fifth installment of the Batman: Arkham series, whose release was recently pushed back to early 2024.