Resident Evil 5 Steam Co-Op Online Multiplayer

How to Play Resident Evil 5 Online Co-op with Steam Friends

With a new patch appearing for Resident Evil 5 on Steam, Capcom made it significantly easier to play the multiplayer part of the game in online co-op on Steam with friends. This is due to the removal of the Games for Windows Live service. Previously, joining a co-op game with Steam friends was a bit of a headache. The most reliable way before this patch was to search for your friend’s session through the “Join Game” menu and by inputting the right parameters for their game.

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However, with the new patch it is as simple as navigating to your Steam friends list and right clicking your friend’s user name to jump into their game. Players will no longer have to navigate through the in-game menus in Resident Evil 5 in order to play online co-op with their Steam friends. That said, you will need to make sure that your game is at the start screen at the very least before you attempt to join them.

From there, once your friend has accepted your request you can pop into their game. For the person hosting the game, if you are in the middle of a chapter you will need to navigate to the pause menu and select “Restart” in order for your friend to jump in. You will have to restart that chapter from your most recent checkpoint, but you’ll have your friend with you at the very least!

Resident Evil 5 is available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and on PC through Steam.

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Senior staff writer, translator and streamer, Kazuma spends his time playing a variety of games ranging from farming simulators to classic CRPGs. Having spent upwards of 6 years in the industry, he has written reviews, features, guides, with work extending within the industry itself. In his spare time he speedruns games from the Resident Evil series, and raids in Final Fantasy XIV. His work, which has included in-depth features focusing on cultural analysis, has been seen on other websites such as Polygon and IGN.