Dying Light 2 Co-Op Not Working [SOLVED]

Is Dying Light 2 co-op not working for you? We've gathered the best fixes around to help you solve the issue and get back into playing.

Just got yourself this recently released parkour-heavy title but cannot experience it with your friends? We’ve all been in the same boat at some point in our lives, so don’t think you’re alone. The Dying Light 2 co-op not working problem has surfaced for a plethora of players all across the spectrum. However, little do many know that the issue entails a bunch of fairly easy fixes that you can employ and get back into playing.

Key Highlights
  • The co-op not working error might be caused due to lack of enough game progress, slow internet, corrupted game files, and quite often when the number of your friends exceeds a certain limit.
  • Fortunately, there are a couple of fixes that you can try which will allow you to play Dying Light 2 with your friends. These fixes are as follows:
  • Checking your internet connection to rule out the possibility of an unstable network and making sure the game is up to date.
  • If playing on Steam, Verify the integrity of your game files, it can fix a variety of problems with the game, including issues with configuration or installation files that may be preventing cooperative play.
  • Refreshing the Dying Light 2 Servers has also proven to give players access to the co-op mode.
  • Players should also make sure that their list of friends does not exceed 300 in Dying Light 2 to avoid a heavy load of online crossplay.

How To Fix Dying Light 2 Co-Op Not Working

The following is a descriptive list of all the possible solutions that have seemed to solve co-op mode issues in Dying Light 2 for players. 

Finish the Game’s Prologue First

Some players have been frequently running into the Dying Light 2 co-op issue simply because they haven’t made it playable yet. This isn’t a problem on the developer’s end and is rather just a lackluster of enough game progression. Techland on their official support page says that if you’ve just started Dying Light 2, you need to actually complete the prologue first in order to unlock cooperative play.  

Now, it bears noting here that the prologue of the game, which is essentially the introductory phase where the game sets up the player for the events to follow, comprises three mainline story quests in Dying Light 2. These three quests in chronological order are: 

  • Pilgrim’s Path
  • Getting Stronger
  • Markers of Plague 

One cannot possibly hop into co-op mode a moment before completing Markers of Plague. Besides, you’ll only be capable of exploring the game world from there on out, so what’s the point of playing with others before then? Anyhow, if you’re way past the preliminary section and you’re facing disconnection issues, keep on reading for more potential solutions.  

  • Quick tip: The end of the Markers of Plague mission question is marked when you receive the binoculars in the game. 

Restart Dying Light 2

One of the first potential solutions to try is a simple restart of Dying Light 2. This can be performed across various platforms, no matter if you’re on PC, Xbox, or PlayStation. Simply quit to the main menu if you’re inside a session and then proceed to close the game itself. That will be fairly simple to do if you’re on PC. 

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Restarting Dying Light 2

Confirm Whether Your Internet Connection is Working

You being unable to play with others cooperatively might not be Techland’s fault after all. It’s imperative for you to assess any plausible problems on your end before putting the blame on Techland. Out of everything that can prevent you from playing the co-op mode of Dying Light 2, an unstable internet connection has to be checked first and foremost.  In general, a good internet connection speed that can allow you to play online and join servers must comprise the following parameters:

  • Download Speed: 2-3 Mbps 
  • Upload Speed: 1-2 Mbps
  • Ping: Below 60 milliseconds

A good way to check whether your internet connection makes the cut or not is to take a speed test on Speedtest by Ookla. It’s recognized as the “global broadband speed test” mostly because of its reliability and accurate provision of results. If you find your internet to be adequate in terms of the aforementioned specifications, it might be worth restarting your modern or Wi-Fi router next. 

Verify the Integrity of Dying Light 2’s Game Files

Another potential resolution that you can try to fix the Dying Light 2 co-op not working bother pertains to the Steam desktop client. This, of course, necessitates that you’re having issues with the Steam version of the game. If so, there is an in-built tool that the launcher provides, making it possible to fix a wide variety of problems with a certain title.

There is a feature called “Verify integrity of game files” within Steam launcher’s interface that scans your digital downloads for any hitches.  It’s pretty simple to get to and employ, so you shouldn’t be too worried about not being able to get it done. The following steps will also streamline the entire procedure for you, so let’s dive right in. 

  1. The first step is to open the Steam launcher on your Windows PC. Quite naturally, you’ll find all of your games, including Dying Light 2, within the “Library” section of the interface. That is where you’ll need to go next. Once you’re there, double-click on “Dying Light 2” in the sidebar and select “Properties.” Doing so will take you to the next step. 
Clicking on "Properties" of Dying Light 2
Clicking on “Properties” of Dying Light 2

2. After clicking on “Properties,” a small-scale window will appear on the screen. Continue by clicking on “Local Files” on the left side of this window. Once done, you’ll be able to select the “Verify integrity of game files” option. Click on it to begin the authentication process. The Steam launcher will be prompted to search for missing or corrupted game files and replace them accordingly.  

Verifying the Integrity of Game Files
Verifying the Integrity of Game Files

Refresh the Dying Light 2 Servers – Definite Fix for Consoles

Let’s get into the technicality of the issue at hand. There is a potential solution of Dying Light 2 co-op not working that has proven to be exceedingly effective. It’s also one of the most definite fixes for consoles like PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S. Some players have figured out a way to hop back into cooperatively play by performing a series of tasks.

  1. The first step here will be to disconnect the internet from whatever platform you’re playing the game on. We’ll showcase the interface of the PlayStation 4 for this guide, but you are free to do the same on the PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S, and PC. In addition, you have to make sure that Dying Light 2 is completely shut down at this point. You have to perform this step without having the game running in the background. 
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Disconnecting the PS4 From Network

2. Now that you’ve disconnected your console from the internet, the next step is to launch Dying Light 2 on your console. You should be now arriving at the main menu of the game. This has to be done diligently before you can proceed to the next step. The following screenshot specifies up to what stage you have to load the game. Once you’re in the specified area, continue reading ahead. 

Dying Light 2 Main Menu
Dying Light 2 Main Menu

3. You now have to go back to the network settings of your console and enable the internet connection. This will help you establish a stable connection to Dying Light 2’s servers again. It’s basically a way to reconnect to the servers but in a more profound manner. 

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Enabling the Internet Connection

4. The next step is to enter the “Options” section within the main menu of Dying Light 2. Here, you’ll go to “Online Options” and make sure that the “Game Type” button inside is set to “Public” and you’ve also disabled the “Call For Help: Search and Rescue” feature. We’re not exactly sure how the latter works, but reports circulating online in forums seem to say that having the function turned off does the trick somehow. Therefore, we’re going to take our chances with it just as well. 

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Optimizing Online Options for Dying Light 2

5. That’s about it for the most part. You can now go to the “Find Games” area to connect to other players’ games. Hopefully, you’ll be able to find numerous servers now, given that you’ve implemented one of the most definite fixes for the Dying Light 2 co-op not working issue. Try looking for a suitable session from the list of available servers and join them to see if all this effort has come to fruition. 

Co-Op Servers Now Readily Available
Co-Op Servers Now Readily Available

This is all that this solution encompasses. After thorough research, we’ve managed to find out that if you follow these steps, you’ll be able to play the game in the multiplayer mode most of the time. However, even if this potential fix doesn’t bring you favorable results, keep on reading for more ways to resolve this irksome problem. 

Remove Excess In-Game Friends From Dying Light 2

To resolve the Dying Light 2 co-op not working issue, it’s worth considering the following fix, which has proven effective for many players:

  1. Check your list of friends in the in-game main menu.
  2. Ensure that the total number of friends in your list does not exceed 300 in Dying Light 2.

It’s possible that the game is still adjusting to the high volume of players attempting to access online matchmaking, especially since it’s a relatively new title. Having an excessively large number of friends may exacerbate the issue and prevent you from enjoying cooperative multiplayer.

Take a look at the “Friends” section in the game’s interface and make sure your friend list contains fewer than 300 entries. Many players have reported success with this fix, so give it a try to see if it resolves the co-op not working problem in Dying Light 2.

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The “Friends” Section in Dying Light 2

Wait It Out 

One smart piece of advice would be to keep pace with Dying Light 2’s official Twitter account. They’ve just launched a patch for the Xbox consoles one day ago, and more are on the way. It’ll do you well to stay in the loop, therefore, and consistently acknowledge what Techland is currently trying to fix in the game. This is especially encouraged if you’ve tried everything to fix the Dying Light co-op problem but nothing has seemed to come to fruition. 

Here’s hoping that you won’t have to wait too long for a patch on your preferred platform to play online. In the meantime though, we recommend checking out the Best Dying Light 2 skills and keeping yourself joyously busy.

As always, eXputer wishes you good luck! 

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