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Dead Rising 4 co-op is now seperate from the campaign

For the first time in Dead Rising‘s long and storied history, the campaign won’t offer a cooperative experience.

Dead Rising 4, which hits Xbox One and PC on December 6, will instead limit the four-player co-op mode to a seperate multiplayer outing, keeping the core campaign exclusively a single-player experience.

Capcom Vancouver producer David McAnerin revealed the co-op design in response to a fan on a recent stream, explaining that while four-player co-op was indeed in the game, it would be the first in the franchise not to offer it by way of the main campaign.

“So, in the story mode, it’s a single player story mode, you’re going to play just as Frank…,” McAnerin said. “The four player co-op is our multiplayer mode. It’s a little bit inspired by the original Infinity mode for the old-school fans.”

Dead Rising 4‘s co-op mode takes place in a mall, and you’ll play as one of four survivors, each of which also appear in the main campaign. McAnerin said the co-op experience will offer a “little more backstory on them”.

“You go into the mall and take part in crazy missions, trying to survive,” he explained.

“The structure is, the four of you start the game together, you start in a safe house; you get a load up, get some weapons, get yourself ready to go; we unlock the doors, it’s killing, mayhem, madness lots of interesting missions that take advantage of our systems…You have to get to the safe house to survive the end of the day.”

Dead Rising 4 launches December 6 on Xbox One and PC.

What are your thoughts on a lack of four-player co-op in the campaign? Does it deter you from wanting to buy the game? Or is the new offering still appealing to you?

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