Minecraft Dungeons Local Co Op: How to Play Offline Multiplayer

Minecraft Dungeons local co op lets you play with friends in offline multiplayer. Here's how to do it.

Minecraft Dungeons local co op is one of the best ways to play Mojang's newest dungeon crawler. Offline split screen multiplayer lets you play with your friends and family in the same room, on the same display. It's a massive win for those that only have a single system or want to recapture the glory days of couch co op gameplay on a single screen. 

While Dungeons might not be crossplay (for the moment), it does provide ways to play locally on the PC, PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. 

Is Minecraft Dungeons Co op? Is There Split Screen Multiplayer? 

Minecraft Dungeons lets you adventure with friends using local, split screen coop.

Yes. Up to four players play Minecraft Dungeons together. However, the game is not a traditional split screen game. Instead, players share a single screen when playing together. 

You'll also need two to four controllers to play the game at the same time on any platform, including PC. For PC, that's true whether you've purchased the game outright or if you're playing through Xbox Game Pass.

For those playing local co op in Minecraft Dungeons, it's essential to know that in some respects, the game can be both more difficult and more rewarding when playing split screen multiplayer. According to Microsoft and Mojang, Dungeons features a difficulty and loot scaling system. More players means more enemies and more loot, as well as an increased difficulty level. 

To play together, simply use the menu in the bottom left-hand corner of the screen. In your camp, change your game from online game to offline game using the shoulder buttons. After the other players join, you'll be ready to play!

Players can see the platform-specific input for joining a local multiplayer game in the up right-hand corner of the screen. 

Can I Play Minecraft Dungeons Online Multiplayer and Local Co Op at the Same Time? 

The Minecraft Dungeons initial release date wasn't that long ago, so the game hasn't received many updates yet. At launch, the game does not support crossplay. You cannot play online and local co op at the same time, either.

The official Minecraft Dungeons FAQ says explicitly that the functionality is not supported "at launch." Though Mojang has not said that the functionality will come to the game in the future, the way in which the FAQ is worded makes it seem like the possibility exists for it sometime in the future. 

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Minecraft Dungeons co op multiplayer is an excellent throwback to the days of local split screen; there's nothing quite like sitting back on a couch with friends and playing your favorite game together using the same screen. If you've been asking "Is Minecraft Dungeons worth it," this functionality by be enough to justify the price of admission and a download. 

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Published Jun. 8th 2020

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