Local split-screen co-op comes to Fortnite on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One
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While online multiplayer was a welcome addition to games when it debuted during the last decade, it slowly killed off a staple of multiplayer gaming: couch co-op. However, Fortnite has brought the feature back to living rooms around the world… at least, for the PS4 and Xbox One.
The latest update for the popular arena shooter brings local split-screen co-op for the Duo and Squad gameplay modes. Currently, local split-screen isn’t available for solo matches, so one-vs-one bouts are still relegated to online play only.
Epic has promised to “continue to improve the feature,” but there’s no word on what that might entail. In a world of online-only multiplayer experiences, couch co-op is a welcome addition. Perhaps the popularity of Fortnite will show developers there’s still value in playing a game right next to a buddy.
There is no word on if/when the feature will come to other platforms. The portable nature of the Switch presents a challenge for split-screen game modes, and the PC and mobile ports are unlikely to receive the feature for obvious reasons.
Other features of today's update include support for previewing the Item Shop, a visual representation of the Ammo Indicator rather than a solid bar, and "preparations for the Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker live event at Risky Reels on December 14, 2 PM ET."