If you are wondering if survival game Sons of the Forest does or does not have multiplayer, here is the full, awesome answer - yes, co-op for 8 players at early access launch

Does Sons of the Forest Have Multiplayer?

Like the original The Forest, Sons of the Forest strands you on an island filled with mutant cannibals. It’s up to you to craft your way out of trouble, all the while tracking down a missing billionaire. But can you share this hazardous task with other people? Does Sons of the Forest have multiplayer? Here’s the answer.

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Yes, Sons of the Forest Does Have Multiplayer, and There’s More Good News

Sons of the Forest, while originally scheduled for a full release, instead chose to become a Steam Early Access game first. The original The Forest also launched as an early access product, and while multiplayer was always planned, it wasn’t available until a later update.

However, the early access version of Sons of the Forest has multiplayer already, for upward of a whopping eight players. There’s no split-screen, (Not many games offer that these days.) but there is online co-op. So, you’ll not only be able to explore with other players, but you’ll be able to watch each other’s backs. On top of that, it’s a lot easier to build a wooden stockade when you’re not working alone.

At least, it is in theory. In practice, it depends on how well you and your teammates get on. If you can work together, great. If, on the other hand, one person just keeps wandering off and doing their own thing, it probably won’t end well.

So, Sons of the Forest does indeed have multiplayer — a co-op multiplayer mode, to be specific.


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Chris McMullen is a freelance contributor at The Escapist and has been with the site since 2020. He returned to writing about games following several career changes, with his most recent stint lasting five-plus years. He hopes that, through his writing work, he settles the karmic debt he incurred by persuading his parents to buy a Mega CD. Outside of The Escapist, Chris covers news and more for GameSpew. He's also been published at such sites as VG247, Space, and more. His tastes run to horror, the post-apocalyptic, and beyond, though he'll tackle most things that aren't exclusively sports-based. At Escapist, he's covered such games as Infinite Craft, Lies of P, Starfield, and numerous other major titles.