How To Play With Friends In Warhammer 40k: Rogue Trader

In Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader, you will take to the Koronus Expanse. Here, you can explore, form a party, and make a name for yourself. While this CRPG is great to play alone, you can also play with friends, but it takes a bit of setting up to get started.


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In this guide, we are going to take a look at how to play with friends in Warhammer 40,000: Rogue Trader. This will include setting up a multiplayer lobby and joining existing lobbies, as well as how party management is set up with more than one person.


How To Start Cooperative Mode

warhammer rogue trader main menu

To play with friends, you will first need to head to the ‘Cooperative Mode’ menu, which can be found in the lower left-hand corner of the main menu. The first time you select this option, the following info panel will appear, explaining what you should do.

warhammer rogue trader cooperative mode info panel

While this provides some helpful information, we are going to dive a bit deeper into these steps.

How To Create A Lobby

warhammer rogue trader multiplayer lobby with one person in

To create a lobby, simply select this option from the Cooperative Mode menu. From here, you should be brought to the screen shown above. Here, you can see yourself, as well as slots for five other players. At the top of the screen, you can see the ID used to join the lobby, as well as a spot for the save file.

In order to play a multiplayer game, you will need to choose an existing save file. This means that you cannot start a brand-new game with a group of friends.

To finish setting up the lobby, you will need to select a save file and then have some friends join the lobby. This can be done by pressing the ‘+’ and directly inviting them. Additionally, you can also share the lobby ID, allowing friends to use it and join the lobby.

How To Join An Existing Lobby

warhammer rogue trader join or start a new lobby

If a lobby is already set up, you will either need to be invited or use the lobby ID. Joining directly can be done with the Steam overlay, which means that you can only join someone’s game if you are friends.

Alternatively, you can have your friend share the lobby ID and join with this.

Choosing A Save File

warhammer rogue trader lobby with save file selected to play on with another player

Above, we mentioned that you will need to choose a save file in order to play in cooperative mode. This can be any save that you have for the game, but it’s important to note that if it’s a save from early on in the game, your friend(s) will not be able to play as a character.

Instead of joining the game with their own existing character, friends will play as one of your party members. For example, if it’s just you and Abelard in the game (this happens in the prologue), your friend will take over as this party member.

We suggest choosing a save file that matches the amount of people you want to play with. If not, they will end up speculating the game.

How To Choose Playable Characters

warhammer rogue trader picking playable characters for co op mode

Once the game begins, the creator of the lobby will be able to designate which characters each player controls. Above, you can see that the lobby creator is playing their own character, as well as Argenta and Idira. When these characters have a turn in battle, the lobby creator will choose their actions.

The other player will control Abelard and Pasqal. They dictate what they do in combat, and can move them around while exploring the map.

Simultaneous Co-op is available, but it is toggled off by default. This mode lets players act at the same time in combat, rather than sticking to a turn-based system. Simultaneous combat takes a bit of planning, so it’s okay to leave it off.

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