Valve has added a most welcome improvement to their Remote Play Together feature. The update allows players to send an invite URL link to anyone to join your local multiplayer game - without the requirement of needing a Steam account.
It has been a year since most of the world entered lockdown, which caused a surge in online game sales. Unfortunately, this resulted in a drop in sales for local multiplayer-only games. After all, with no friends around, who would want to play those titles? With this new update to Remote Play Together, Valve is giving players the option to play any supported titles online with friends.
How does Remote Play Together work?
There are plenty of games that only have a local multiplayer option, with Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime and Overcooked! being two of my favourites. After loading the game, an option to “send a link” to your friends will be available at the top of your Friends list on Steam. Any of your friends can join the game - even if they don’t own it - via Steam or the Steam Link App. If your friends do not own a Steam account, they can still join from Windows, Mac OS, Linux, iOS or any Android device.
In a blog post on 22 March, Valve stated that “up to four players, or even more in ideal conditions, can instantly join in the fun.” Whether this means that Valve has limited the number of players who can join is unknown. However, having up to four players play together is great news for the majority of games.
Which games support Remote Play Together?
With the sheer amount of games available on Steam, there will inevitably be plenty of local multiplayer-only games to support Remote Play Together. It’s not just these games that will get this feature, but many online multiplayer games too!
Some notable games include:
- Age of Wonders: Planetfall
- Battleblock Theater
- Divinity: Original Sin 2
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Moving Out
- Portal 2
- Resident Evil 6
- Sid Meier’s Civilization VI
- Stardew Valley
You can check out a more comprehensive list on Steam.
When can we use Remote Play Together?
Valve has the date and time set for today, 25 March at 10am Pacific Time / 5pm GMT. Valve will also hold a live streaming marathon to “celebrate the new Invite Anyone capability”. To accompany the new update for Remote Play Together, Valve is also holding a sale with games that support the feature. With such an extensive lineup of games (over 6000!) on the Remote Play Together list, expect to see plenty of fun games on sale.