Steam is introducing a new feature that will allow users to play local multiplayer games together over the internet. The system, dubbed Remote Play Together, was revealed last night by indie developer Adam Spragg.
A copy of the email Spragg received from Valve (shared on Reddit) says that “your local multiplayer games will soon be improved with automatic support for Remote Play Together on Steam.” The new feature “enables two or more players to enjoy local multiplayer games over the internet, together.”
Hidden in Plain Sight fans... BIG NEWS! ???
Steam is coming out with a new feature called "Remote Play Together", allowing local-multiplayer games to be played online! Only the host needs to own the game, and can invite remote friends to play online!
— Adam Spragg (@AdamSpragg) October 9, 2019
Valve says that “all local multiplayer, local co-op, and split-screen games” will be included in the new feature’s beta test, which is set to begin on October 21. Presumably, that’ll also include games in which both local and online multiplayer is provided – if so, Valve is planning to roll the feature out across an enormous number of games.
Remote Play Together isn’t a brand-new idea – die-hard co-op fans may already be aware of third-party programs like Parsec, which fulfil a similar role – but if Valve manages to pull off the new feature, we imagine it’ll have a massive impact on the way in which players interact with indie games in particular.