[Update: Capcom has apologized for their initial response and will attempt to fix the co-op situation on PC]
[Original article:] There’s a small furor brewing in the community of the Glorious PCMR. It’s been revealed that PC gamers are getting the short end of the stick with Resident Evil Revelations 2: Episode 1, since the game lacks offline, local split-screen co-op. That’s right, the console peasants have just one upped the Glorious PC Master Race.
PC GamesN has a short report on the controversy involving Capcom’s latest title, where the real burning butthurt from the brouhaha comes from the fact that on the Steam page it explicitly states (and advertisers, I might add) that Resident Evil Revelations 2 supports multiplayer co-op, and previously, on Capcom’s own website they announced that the game would have split-screen, local co-op, as reported by Gematsu back in December of 2014. Check out the image of the store page for the game listing below from back in September of 2014.
The offline co-op was also advertised aggressively on the official Resident Evil Revelations 2 website, as evidenced below.
None of the images or pre-release press material give off the impression that offline co-op would be nixed from the PC version.
There are a lot of complaints about the missing multiplayer and lack of local co-op in the PC version of the game.
As one Steam user, that’s what she said, pointed out in the review section…
“It’s full fledged scam and false advertising: Capcom promised offline and online coop and delivered none. They didn’t even tried, they just added two pathetic lines of text right here on that store page (scroll down and see by yourself) at the time of release. We could tolerate the wait. We won’t tolerate a scam.
A lot of us have friends and family, a lot of us wanted to play split screen coop and online one at later date.
“It’s not only false advertising and illegal. It’s an insult to fans who put trust into Capcom with their hard earned cash by pre-purchasing their game. Do not buy it, please.
I’ve put my trust into Capcom. I won’t anymore.”
Another user review also pointed out that when they pre-ordered the game it promised multiplayer co-op. And as the image from back in September indicates, that’s true… it did promise multiplayer co-op. In fact, Capcom recently made the change so that the store page features now looks like this (after the complaints came in).
Mm, mm, mm… that sexy red pen. Oh how it highlights the pure beauty of truth.
[Update:] To Make matters worse, it appears as if Capcom had been testing co-op for the PC version, according to updates in the depot section of Resident Evil Revelations 2 on the Steam Database app [backup]. Check it out in the image below.
And what’s more, if you click through on the Steam Database app, you’ll find that the “local server” tab is checked “no”.
DSO Gaming also pointed out the same thing, reiterating what other users have stated, writing…
“Now this is something that Capcom never mentioned before. In all previous press releases, there was no mention of the offline/local co-op missing from Resident Evil Revelations 2 PC.”
Capcom responded to VG 24/7 after they inquired about the issue (doing a bit of legwork for consumers for once) and according to Capcom…
“The decision to prioritize a single local screen was made to ensure a stable user experience across a variety of different PC settings and devices. Raid mode will support online co-op shortly after launch when a free patch is available for players to download which adds this feature, but the main campaign on PC will only be available to play in single local screen.”
A “free patch”? Really?
Someone in the comment section of the PC GamesN article notes that
NeoGaf denizens are already putting on their modder caps and are hard at work on a split-screen patch, similar to Resident Evil 5 on PC, which also had to have split-screen local co-op modded into the game after the fact, since Capcom removed it for some reason.