Star Wars Battlefront 2 fixed many of the flaws found in the first Battlefront title such as adding in a single-player campaign. One thing it didn’t feature was a way to play split-screen co-op anywhere other than Arcade mode. That didn’t change with this new installment.
As it stands right now, and likely well into the future, the only way to play split-screen multiplayer in Star Wars Battlefront 2 is through Arcade mode. On top of that, the split-screen option is only available for the Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game. This means if you own the PC version you only have your online friends to play with.
While more and more games move away from including a split-screen option, it would have been nice to see an option for it available in the single-player campaign. Iden Versio is accompanied by a member of the Inferno Squad in several missions so it would have been nice to see a local buddy take control of that person.
At the very least, Star Wars Battlefront 2 doesn’t make things confusing and will actually tell you how many players you play with on each of the three modes. There’s really no way to get confused so that’s good at least.
In Arcade mode, to play split-screen co-op, all you have to do is click on Arcade and go to either co-op or versus. Versus will let you customize pretty much every single thing in the game including troops available and team sizes. There are also Battle Scenarios you can take part in that will help recreate events from the films, at least some of the scenarios do. We also have some dueling between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker on Yavin 4.
Choose the co-op option will give you the same things to choose from but you’ll instead be teaming up with your partner instead of going against. Whatever you decide to do, at least Arcade mode has you covered.
The single-player campaign is designed to bridge the gap between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens so it would have been fun to share that experience with a friend. Fortunately, the multiplayer aspect includes content from the Prequel, Original and Sequel trilogies so there is still a lot of Star Wars action to enjoy.
An Xbox Wire post when Star Wars Battlefront 2 caused us to incorrectly report that the game would have split-screen co-op exclusive to Xbox One. The wording in the original post led us to believe that but we have since corrected our mistake.