We're just a few days out from Spelunky 2's launch on Steam, and today creator Derek Yu has some good news and bad news. The bad news is that Spelunky 2 won't be launching with online multiplayer on PC, but the good news is that when it's ready, the platforming roguelite will get support for cross-play between PC and PS4.
Yu shared the news today via Twitter and in an update posted to Spelunky 2's Steam page. Since its PS4 release earlier this month, Spelunky 2's gotten a couple patches for bug fixes and online stability issues, which were pretty disruptive right out the gate on PS4. "Unfortunately, we decided not to release with online co-op enabled-that way we can improve it without delaying the release," Yu says.
So, September 29 will still see Spelunky 2 launch on PC, just without online multiplayer (both co-op or the competitive modes). Then, once it's ready to go, the PC update will also let PS4 players join up with their PC pals and vice versa.
That's a pretty nice trade-off, as cross-play wasn't guaranteed for Spelunky 2 till now, and frankly, having cross-play with PS4 titles still feels pretty new and novel.
Also, it's worth remembering that it will still ship with its local multiplayer options. Co-op works differently in local play, but it should still be compatible with Steam's Remote Play Together feature if you want to give it a shot.
The PC launch may also kick the search for Spelunky 2's most hidden challenges and secrets into overdrive, especially if dataminers crack it open. People have already pulled off some truly amazing feats since the PS4 debut, and yet the community's still convinced it hasn't figured everything out just yet.
If you haven't read our Spelunky 2 review just yet, you can find it right here. I've still been enjoying my time with it post-review... y'know, when I'm not cursing under my breath at some truly bonkers deaths. Watch out for those moles in the first world, okay?