Best Upcoming Co-op Games 2023

Searching for new games to play with friends? Here are the best upcoming co-op games to get excited about in 2023!

Whether online or in person, there’s a lot to look forward to with the best upcoming co-op games of 2024.

From the new co-op shooters to co-op survival games, beat ’em ups, and everything in between, we’ve got you covered here.

In this list, we’ll highlight the best upcoming co-op games making their way to Steam, PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch in 2024.

We hope you’ll enjoy exploring our curated selection of titles and check back for future updates.

With that out of the way, let’s see what’s on the calendar!

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Designed from the ground up for local and online co-op, Blanc is an upcoming adventure game that tells the heartwarming story of an unlikely duo.

In it, two players take on the roles of a wolf cub and fawn that become lost in a sudden snowstorm and end up relying on each other for survival.

Gameplay sees both players leveraging their animal’s special traits to solve puzzles and follow in their families’ footsteps.

Blanc’s poetic narrative is further complemented by stunningly beautiful black-and-white hand-drawn visuals that make its world come to life.

The Forest is an ambitious survival horror game that focuses on crafting and combat with surprisingly intelligent enemy AI.

Like many survival games, the story is fairly nonlinear but there was always enough to chew on for players interested in learning about the game’s creatures and setting.

For the sequel, developer Endnight Games looks to be expanding the universe with new characters and events revolving around yet another mysterious island.

Along with better graphics and more fluid combat, Sons of the Forest will emphasize team-driven gameplay that supports online multiplayer.

The Day Before is an upcoming open world MMO about trying to survive in a post-pandemic America overrun with flesh-hungry infected and untrustworthy survivors.

After your character awakes with amnesia, they set out to uncover the truth while scavenging for resources to stay alive.

You’ll explore a beautiful world plunged into chaos and search abandoned vehicles, houses, and buildings looking for useful items and defending yourself from enemies.

In true MMO fashion, The Day Before will let you explore its world in the company of friends and other players.

From the creators of the beloved Batman: Arkham series comes Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, one of this year’s best upcoming co-op games.

Set in a Metropolis-inspired open world, it sees up to four players controlling Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Harley Quinn, and King Shark.

The story centers on the four-man wrecking crew as they attempt to defeat Brainiac after he invades Earth and brainwashes the Justice League.

Designed with co-op in mind, Suicide Squad will let players team up with friends throughout the story or play solo, switching between characters and relying on AI teammates.

Coining the term ‘ratoidvania,’ Curse of the Sea Rats is a new indie Metroidvania adventure game scheduled to release in 2024.

Developed by Petoons Studio, the game sees you assuming control of a crew of pirates that have been turned into rats by a witch.

To undo the curse, they’ll have to explore a vibrant hand-drawn world while overcoming platforming challenges and defeating bosses.

Along the way, you’ll unlock new abilities for each crewmate that can be combined with up to three friends via local co-op.

Expected to release in late 2022 to early 2023, The Division: Heartlands is one of many upcoming co-op games with third-person gameplay.

Similar to the mainline games, Heartlands’ world is filled with various enemies to kill and loot as well as resources to help increase your gear rarity and level up characters.

Over time, players will be able to take on tougher challenges and further hone their skills in a particular playstyle.

While details about the game are fairly locked down at the moment, anyone who played previous Division titles has a good idea of what to expect.

Toeing the line between weird and genuinely exciting, Palworld is easily one of the best upcoming co-op games expected to drop in 2024.

It puts its own spin on the survival crafting genre by throwing in Pokemon-inspired creature collecting, with various “Pals” for you to tame.

Monsters you collect have special powers that can come in handy during battles, farming, building, fishing, and more.

While it’s a bit jarring to see such adorable creatures appear alongside shotguns, assault rifles, and rocket launchers, there’s something so interesting about Palworld’s concept.

Techtonica is an upcoming automation game in the same vein as titles like Satisfactory, where players manage resources in first-person.

What makes it stand out from similar games is its vibrant sci-fi aesthetic and setting which sees you exploring beneath the surface of an alien planet.

Working alone or with friends, players will gather resources, build factories, and research new technologies while uncovering the planet’s many mysteries.

Still no word on a release date but games of this nature are prone to releasing in Steam Early Access as the developers rely on feedback from the community.

Inspired by games like Alien: Isolation, Level Zero is an upcoming co-op game with survival horror elements that pits humans against terrifying creatures.

The main objective for the humans is to try and repair the space station they’re currently on while the monsters relentlessly pursue and try to kill them.

Both sides are equipped with unique skills and equipment to aid them in completing their mission and it’s up to players to decide when and where to use them.

If you enjoy fast-paced multiplayer games with plenty of action and competition, make sure to keep this one on your radar before it releases later this year.

Another upcoming co-op game that shows promise is Survival Machine, a third-person open world game from indie developer Grape Pickers.

In it, you and your friends traverse ever-changing lands via a massive vehicle that also serves as your base of operations.

Gameplay revolves around building, upgrading, and fortifying the machine to ward off zombies that try to overtake it at night.

Along with outfitting your machine with cannons, spikes, and other traps, you can craft weapons and armor to defend yourself while you’re out exploring the world.

Although Amplitude is best known for a string of dedicated-strategy games released under the Endless moniker, the studio’s next project will expand into real-time action.

In Endless Dungeon, players assume control of shipwrecked heroes forced to fight through abandoned space stations while guarding a sacred crystal.

Each character has a specialized kit of abilities, weapons, and tactics that can be combined with others to create new and exciting synergies.

It’s a delicious blend of MOBA, strategy, twin-stick shooter, and tower defense that has us looking forward to playing this upcoming co-op game.

Instead of putting out a third installment that mirrors the single-player design of the first two games, The Outlast Trials is a multiplayer-focused affair.

Details are far and few between at the moment, but what we do know is the horror game will take place during the Cold War era.

In it, you and your friends are involuntarily recruited to become test guinea pigs for mind-control experiments at the hands of a shady corporation.

Players will have to work together to make it out alive while their morals, endurance, and sanity are put through the wringer.

As much as we love Grounded, there’s enough room for two small-scale survival games set in sprawling backyard sandboxes.

However, to see everything Smalland has to offer, you’ll have to brave brutal weather conditions and survive run-ins with spiders, birds, rats, lizards, and more.

Fortunately, there is an abundance of hidden resources you can use to craft armor, weapons, shelter, and other tools such as mountable bugs.

You can also customize outfits to acquire special resistances and abilities using various workshops at your camp which can be upgraded over time.

It’s been exciting to see developer Arkane branch out from the Dishonored series and explore new ideas and themes with games like Prey, Deathloop, and now Redfall.

The company’s Austin-based studio is currently working on an upcoming co-op game centering on a team of survivors battling supernatural forces.

Players will be able to choose their character from a diverse cast with unique abilities before setting off to liberate the small town of Redfall, Massachusetts from vampires.

Considering Arkane Austin has primarily focused on single-player affairs, it’ll be interesting to see how the team approaches a co-op shooter in a post-Left 4 Dead world.

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