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Set sail for Co-optember!

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for August, 2021

While gamescom 2021 didn't see nearly as many new co-op game announcements as E3 2021, we still had a good time watching the event unfold - and not just because we are of course eagerly gobbling up every bit of Elden Ring news. August did also hold a very delightful surprise for all of us 30plus old PC Gamers: A remaster of Quake not just with all existing expansions but a new episode from MachineGames on top. Oh and it's available for consoles as well with full 4-player split-screen support and online multiplayer cross-play on all systems! More than enough reasons for you and your friend to go and kick some furry Shambler butt...If nostalgia is not your cup of tea however, the releases of August once again offer a co-op opportunity for almost everyone. From colorful kids games like PAW Patrol The Movie: Adventure City Calls to killing hundreds of Xenomorphs in dark environments in Aliens: Fireteam Elite - there's enough variety to choose from. Meanwhile our database master, down in the dark (he likes to keep the light out) data entry mines added another 160 entries. So, take a look below at what you may have missed. 

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The calm before autumn

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for July, 2021

It was nice to have a bit of breathing room at the start of July after the absolute crazyness that was June. The calm didn't last long however as in the second half of the month the release calender suddenly started to get full again culminating in three days at the end full of long awaited releases like Blightbound, Samurai Warriors 5, Monster Hunter Stories 2: Wings of Ruin or The Ascent. It seemed like the industry went on a two-week-vacation and then decided they needed to complete the missed work in a single day.

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IT'S OVER 9000!

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for June, 2021

That was a wild month, huh? Seems like the industry has re-discovered how much fun a good PvE-co-op experience can be based on all those announcements made during the various E3- and Not-E3-showcases. Sadly our happiness is a bit dampened by the fact that many of those titles - especially the high profile ones - don't feature good old local couch multiplayer. Either the hardware requirements are too high for classic split-screen or connecting you with your friends through the series of tubes called the internet is the prefered way to go for the developers nowadays. We don't know and don't judge. We are just happy we have so much to look forward to even if our Database Master was sweating hard adding all those games. In the end our database saw an addition of 380 old, new and upcoming titles in June which also meant we breached the barrier of 9.000 entries!

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Preparing for the Onslaught

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for May, 2021

Next month is all about upcoming games with E3 as well as Summer Game Fest, PAX Online and several publisher-events most likely chock-full with new announcements to get us excited for autumn and beyond. We are however not here today to look forward to June but instead look back at May which was a bit lighter in terms of new releases compared to the rest of 2021 so far but still saw quite a few highlights including the surprising re-release of couch co-op classic Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance. Another note-able achievement was the release of Divinity: Original Sin II - Definitive Edition for iOS. A huge game you would think would never work on a iPad let alone with full splitscreen-co-op-functionality but Larian actually pulled it of. And if RPGs are not your cup of tea: No problem! How about playing around with old people in Just Die Already, scaring your pants off with Outbreak: Endless Nightmares or shooting huge block-bugs in Earth Defense Force: World Brothers? As always there's something for every taste and friend circle. Just take a look below.

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This Is Not A Drill!

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for March, 2021

Did you see that?! Holy Moly! More than 70 (!) new co-op releases across various platforms in March - including some very high profile titles like Monster Hunter Rise, Balan Wonderworld, It Takes Two as well as the start of the Open Beta (PC-only) for Magic: Legends and the long-awaited co-op patch for Watch Dogs: Legion. It's safe to say that there was (and is) something for everyone with their friends and family to enjoy.

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The Database Manager has been busy.

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for January, 2021

According to our highly accurate counter we've hit a new milestone in January: There are now 7.600 entries in our database. But while this number is very impressive - there are still some holes here and there. Of course no one can ever be perfect - even your No. 1 site for co-op games. Our Database Manager does however try his best. For example the last two months he went through the entire Nintendo eShop catalogue all the way back to 2011 and added every last co-op games from it we were missing (and many more he found during this research). The results are more than 400 new entries to the Database in January including more obscure franchises like the Super Chinese-Beat-'em-up-series. Don't worry though if you prefer your games to be from this century: January was also packed with quite a few new releases as you can see below.

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Is 2020 gone, yet?!

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for December, 2020

We can remember the old days when December was THE time to go through our backlog. No new releases to hog our attention - just tons of games to finally play during the school break. Thanks to the digital revolution with no need to have an open retail store this has obviously changed. There were even new co-op releases on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day! All in all our database saw an increase of 130 new entries this month - including all titles from the Space Invaders-Franchise offering co-op modes. So what are you waiting for? Go play some co-op games with your family and friends!

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Too much to handle!

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for November, 2020

Not only did the Next Console Generation(TM) finally hit the shelves last month - there were so many games with some kind of co-op feature released that our release date calendar couldn't keep up any more and stopped displaying them. Don't worry though: Our elves in the server mines are of course working hard on the problem. In the meantime check below to see if you might have missed something interesting. The database on the other hand saw an addition of over 185 entries of all shapes and sizes. Dig in!

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Waiting? No, playing!

Co-Op Monthly Round-Up for October, 2020

More than 50 games offering co-op features were released last month across all the major platforms. So while everyone (yes, including us) is waiting for the Next Generation(TM) to arrive in a few weeks, there's still more than enough co-op fodder available to pass the time with friends. The database meanwhile saw an increase of 170 old, new and upcoming titles during the month, making sure that we remain your primary source for co-op gaming!

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