There’s still a place for split-screen, says Gavin Eggar
When we were all younger the thrill of going to a friend’s house or having family round and playing a videogame split-screen or couch co-op was amazing. Fast forward and now with the boom of so many multiplayer-only games why has the option to play with real friends at home disappeared?
My son loves Roblox and Fortnite, two games which would be amazing in split-screen or co-op, but instead it’s playing mostly against faceless players over broadband. I found my son being bullied out of games on Roblox just because he wasn’t playing how they wanted him to. That wouldn’t happen as much with local multiplayer. There is definitely place for single-player, online multiplayer, and splitscreen, especially with the boom of battle royale style games… it’s a great excuse to connect with friends and family again living in this digital age instead of kids shutting themselves away in their rooms with no social interaction Gavin Eggar, email First, we’re sad to hear your son’s being bullied, and it would be worth contacting the companies behind both games to complain, as firms are making increasing efforts to combat toxic behaviour from players.
But we’d guess the trend towards online multiplayer isn’t going to go away, especially when some have 99 people playing at once. It simply wouldn’t be practical to have more than four players sharing a TV screen, and split-screen would undermine the stealth element in those games – you can’t really sneak up on someone who can see you coming.
All that said, couchplay’s not dead – recent launches Overcooked 2 and Catastronauts show that, and as they support up to four players lots of people can join in. Also Treyarch didn’t reveal it until very close to launch but Call Of Duty: Black Ops 4 also has split-screen co-op for two players (four in Zombies mode).
Seeing where all the other players land would ruin the stealth aspect of Fortnite, we feel.