A Way Out is a new co-op game created by Hazelight Studios and published by Electronic Arts. The game features an action-packed co-op adventure where to inmates, Vincent and Leo, must break out of prison and exact revenge on their enemies. What’s unique about A Way Out is the fact that it’s co-op only, meaning that you must play with another person to play A Way Out at all. This guide will explain how to set up local or online co-op in A Way Out so that you can dive into the action with a friend as soon as possible.

Before we get into how to setup co-op for A Way Out, it’s important to note that the game does not have a single-player mode. The core experience of A Way Out is two-player by default, which means players must either team up with someone online or have two controllers handy to play couch co-op with a friend locally.

Though not ideal, there is a way to play A Way Out as a single-player experience, at least for the first few chapters. Using two controllers, one player can swap back and forth to control each character individually. This becomes nearly impossible in the later chapters, however, so we suggest simply finding someone else to play co-op with.

How to Play Co-Op with a Friend Online

If you wish to play A Way Out online with a friend, luckily you won't need to buy two copies of the game to do so. Thanks to the Friend Pass free trial, players only need to purchase one full version of A Way Out if they wish to play with a friend, which applies to online co-op as well. 

Setting up local co-op for A Way Out is as easy as connecting a second controller and firing up the game. Online co-op, on the other hand, is a bit different.

Follow the steps below to play online co-op with a friend in A Way Out.

  • To setup online co-op for A Way Out, the player who purchased the full version must start up the game and select the Play Online option. 
  • Select the Invite a Friend option. This will bring up your friends list on whatever platform Player One is playing on. Choose the friend you want to play with and send them an invite.
  • When Player Two receives the invite, they will then be prompted to download the free trial of A Way Out from the digital store. Once the A Way Out free trial has been downloaded, the two of you are ready to play online co-op.

Note that the player who downloads the free trial of A Way Out must be invited to join someone with the full version in order to play the game. The only other option is for Player Two to purchase the full version of A Way Out and invite someone else.

Players who own the full version of A Way Out can invite a free trial player to join any chapter that they have unlocked. The free trial player does not have to have played the chapters they are being invited to.  However, players with the free trial can only play chapters that the owner of the full version has reached and unlocked.

This setup allows players with the full version to complete different chapters in A Way Out with different co-op partners, as well as return to previous chapters of the game without worrying about Player Two’s progress.

While this technically counts as online co-op, there is currently no online matchmaking for A Way Out. The only way to play co-op is by inviting a friend who has downloaded the Friend Pass free trial version of the game.

If you and your co-op companion get stuck at any point in A Way Out, our A Way Out Walkthrough will help nudge you in the right direction. If you’re curious to know about the different endings in A Way Out, we’ve got a guide for that as well.