A Way Out is the latest game from Josef Fares, the man who brought us the rather excellent Brothers: A Tale of Two Sons. While Vincent and Leo's adventure looks very interesting, something not everyone is clear on is just how you can play it; is it purely co-op, or can you, in fact, play alone? Is it local co-op only? Let us answer these questions to put your mind at ease.
Can I Play A Way Out in Single Player?
No. A Way Out is designed to be played by two people controlling one character each, and there is no option to play with an AI-controlled partner.
Can I Play A Way Out in Local Co-op?
Yes. This is the way the game is meant to be played, as both players will be able to better communicate with each other and experience the adventure together.
Can I Play A Way Out in Online Co-op?
Yes. A Way Out can be played online with a friend, just as you can offline. There's no matchmaking, so you can only play with someone from your Friends list.
How Does Online Co-op Work in A Way Out?
A Way Out's online play works a little differently to most games. Only one participant needs to have bought the game. If you've purchased A Way Out, you can send a request to someone on your Friends list. Once they accept, they'll be prompted to download the Free Trial from the PlayStation Store. Once this download has completed, they'll be able to play the game alongside you online, at no extra cost, from start to finish.
Players with only the Free Trial version of A Way Out won't be able to join a friend's game themselves. Free Trial owners will have to either be invited by a friend, or buy the full version of the game.
Will I Earn Trophies if I join Another Player's Game?
No. If you join online co-op as above and don't own A Way Out, you won't unlock the trophies until you purchase the game yourself, at which point your accumulated trinkets will pop.
Will you be playing A Way Out with a friend? Are you going to take advantage of the online play, or go old-school and play co-op in the flesh? Split the screen in the comments below.
Depending on what reviews say. I like co op in splitscreen but if the game is short/lacks replay value I may skip it or wait for a sale.
I am looking forward to this game. As I said before, we need more coop games!
Maybe a stupid question but can the person without the game earn trophies?!
I'm definitely in on this. If anyone here is interested in playing through with me via the online co-op let me know
Nothing interesting to me.
Informative article...NOW I'm more interested (the name and hideous characters didn't make a good first impression)!
@daveofduncan A very good question - I’ll try to find out for you!
Wish it had an option for solo play but I'm glad it's splitscteen co-op, a game me and my girlfriend are looking forward to
I'm gonna pass on this one
no thank, it look good to me but i hate co-op with any strangers i don't know. i don't have any good friends or best friend on my PS4 friend list
Any word on the approx. playtime?
This will so be on PS+ down the line.
Is there no playing with randoms through matchmaking?
@Ashyne did you read the article lol?
I preordered specifically because of the couch coop.
I'm going to wait for a sale.
Short answer; not for me.
Really like split screen co-op, so it sounds like my kind of game. Hopefully I can get my better half to play it with me!
@daveofduncan Hi there - I got in contact with the developers and they gave me the following response:
"It is just the owner who owns a copy who will get the trophies, but if
the player who does not have a copy upgrades to the bought version
he/she will get the trophies they earned on the friends pass version."
I've added this information to the article.
@Quintumply sweet. Thanks for that. Much appreciated!
Def down to play with someone through co op not buying though. Add me Dec-FL
I guess it will require PS Plus for online, I'm right? I rarely play online and I'd not like to play plus just for one game.
@YeYa Yo, im Pablonuts33 , add me if you want to play!
Sure there's a way to. Just hold two controllers.
@Giygas_95 That'd be alot of hard work, when you can just watch Lets Play walkthroughs on YouTube.
@ToddlerNaruto I'm not being serious of course.
@Giygas_95 I figured as much, but thanks for confirming .
But will your local co-op partner earn the trophies?
I was interested in this till I read it can only be played in either local co-op or with someone from your friends list. I’d be surprised if this sold well since it doesn’t even have matchmaking, what other co-op game out there doesn’t have matchmaking?
Is there a reason they couldn’t of done character swapping like in Brothers or would that not have worked with this one?
@Savino Nice! Good to know, thanks
@PEA Great, I'll add you. I will most likely purchase this game early next week.
I know it's a bit early but it would be a really smart move if Sony were to release this as a PS+ game.
This game sounds perfect for my son and I.
This game was fan-freaking-tastic it's the perfect game for people with close relationships to play together! Especially brothers.
My brother and I just finished it today, and we had a great time! It's an homage to buddy flicks from Shawshank Redemption to Bad Boys II, and we played it from start to finish.
I'm so glad I bought this game. I really want to play it again.
@MaccaMUFC There are a lot of things on game that would not have worked very well if there was a single player option.
A few scenes in particular come to mind.
It could have worked, but it would have taken a great co-op action adventure story of two bros on a quest for revenge and redemption, to a kind of... Hmm how do I put this?
You ever see a person dancing all by themselves in crowded place where everyone has a partner? You ever notice how sad and pathetic it is? It'd be like that.
You have to play it with someone else. The better partner you have the better experience too.
@MaccaMUFC Dying Light doesn't do matchmaking and relies on LAN for multiplayer. A major waste to me.
Forced co-op. No thanks
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