PSA: No 4-Way Local Multiplayer in Call of Duty: Ghosts (UPDATE)

UPDATE (Nov. 6): An Activision representative has clarified to Game Front that no version of Ghosts, including the PS4 and Xbox One versions, will support more than two local players simultaneously. The rep said that the feature listing on the Xbox Marketplace is a mistake on Microsoft’s part, which will be fixed.


For many people, the best thing about the Call of Duty franchise has been inviting three friends over and getting some four-player local multiplayer action going. This is no longer possible with Call of Duty: Ghosts — at least on current-gen consoles.

Call of Duty: Ghosts is the first game in the series since Call of Duty 2 to not support four-player local multiplayer, instead restricting gamers to two-player split screen. Whether or not the Xbox One or Playstation 4 will support four-player local multiplayer is yet to be confirmed. However, the game’s posting on the Xbox marketplace does state “offline players 1-4″ as a feature.

Given the graphical step up of Ghosts versus Black Ops 2, it is a safe bet that technical limitations were the roadblock on the geriatric consoles. We’ve reached out to Activision for comment.

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40 Comments on PSA: No 4-Way Local Multiplayer in Call of Duty: Ghosts (UPDATE)

Rhass

On November 5, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Without this feature i’m just going to keep playing Black Ops II with my friends

Alan

On November 5, 2013 at 8:43 pm

BAd very BAd, lost one buyer

Akula

On November 5, 2013 at 9:25 pm

.. I just sold my Black Ops II!

Alfredo

On November 6, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Lost me for sure. The only reason I buy CoD games is the offline splitscreen multiplayer. This is very, very bad. Lost me and my friends for sure

GPX

On November 6, 2013 at 2:31 pm

Deal breaker! I suspect that development time was a factor for 4-player, local split screen for next gen consoles resulting collateral damage to current gen. If you have 4-player, local split screen on current gen, you can not deliver the game without it on next gen too. I’ll wait until BlackOps3 next holiday season.

no_ghost_for_me

On November 6, 2013 at 3:34 pm

Agree…deal breaker and big disappointment for me. Biggest part I played on Black Ops 2 was the zombies mode with 4 people. Have a HD projector and surround sound set up in the garage just for a few games like this. Then spending 800+ dollars on an Xbox One, with this game and 3 extra controllers to be limited more than the original xbox!?

Gerald Wilson *Fan*

On November 6, 2013 at 3:39 pm

Activision needs to step it up just a bit
every since Cod Mw3 I had much fun pwning my friends in local 4 player

Gerald Wilson *Fan*

On November 6, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I agree alot guys this is crazy we need split screen and local MP !!! OR YOU GUYS WILL NEVER MAKE MONEY THINK ABOUT THE FANS AND NOT YOUR GAMING FETISH

madman12

On November 6, 2013 at 3:44 pm

This is bull! why ruin our truly most loved game!?

it be better if they make an update of 4 multiplayer splitscreen.. a.s.a.p

Josh

On November 6, 2013 at 4:39 pm

I wouldn’t mind, as long as I can have 2 consoles system linked with 2 people on one tv, and 2 people on another. But yes 4 player splitscreen should be there and LAN.

Stl37

On November 7, 2013 at 7:03 am

It is very disappointing that ghost does not offer 4 player split screen. My sons and I loved the option on black ops II in sorry I purchased the season pass for ghost.

peter

On November 7, 2013 at 1:15 pm

Trying to start a petition hoping Infinity Ward and Activision would listen. That was a fantastic feature!

http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/cod-ghosts-4-player-splitscreen/

RenektonndRiven

On November 7, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Yep, lost another buyer, this is bs. Might as well not buy a next gen console now, none of the great fps’s out now have any 4 player split screen (cod, bf4) Just keepin my fingers crossed that halo or destiny will.

JeffinMT

On November 8, 2013 at 7:36 pm

Deal breaker, but sadly already bought. Will be the last time.

MK

On November 9, 2013 at 12:04 am

DEAL BREAKER.

Call of duty multi-player four player split screen is a must.
I have already bought the game but I will not buy the Playsation 4 if it does not support 4-player split screen.

It is absolutely ridiculous that they have removed this feature no matter what reason they have for doing so.

The call of duty franchise itself seems to be getting worse and worse and Infinity Ward has just confirmed this.

If you can be allowed to split the screen into two parts, why not four??

Disgusted…

aviad

On November 9, 2013 at 12:32 am

the only reason i buy cod every year and season pass is due to the 4 ppl local splitscreen, i guess this year will be diffrent.

Jason

On November 9, 2013 at 1:58 am

This is very disappointing. I was looking forward to this game, but without four player split screen it’s pretty much pointless for me. Maybe worth renting. Guess I’ll be waiting for the new Halo.

MEV

On November 9, 2013 at 1:11 pm

FAIL!!

Brian

On November 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

THIS

Jerry

On November 10, 2013 at 7:39 pm

Totally lost another person… Nice job, going back to halo and black ops 2

Niquie

On November 11, 2013 at 7:50 pm

Yes this is a deal breaker. I love the playing with friends. Disappointed that we can’t all play at home. Boooooooooo!

Fleder

On November 13, 2013 at 10:19 am

More or less a deal breaker. Horrible decision. Cheap, pathetic. They are just cutting corners to save a buck.

4 player – that is what the kids do. They invite over friends and get 4 guys going at once. I play with my two sons and have a blast (an lose consistently). Ghosts just isn’t that great and taking away 4-player makes it even worse. I would give the game a 7/10, but this drops it to 4/10.

André

On November 13, 2013 at 10:45 am

Awful, I love to play with friends and now I can’t ? !

DARKANGEL123

On November 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

THIS is bad,well i am definitely not buying this game.I mean that feature was my main motivation for playing the game.

Moltok

On November 17, 2013 at 3:22 pm

Wtf? I knew that squads and extinction didn’t have 4 player offline split-screen, but multiplayer as well???? That’s !! BRING IT BACK INFINITY WARD!!!! AND ADD IT TO SQUADS AND EXTINCTION TOO!!!!!

keef

On November 18, 2013 at 10:40 pm

This is rubbish. The 4 person spilt screen wad one of the best things about Black Ops. Way to not listen to your customers.

@dolfer

On November 22, 2013 at 4:45 pm

This SUCKS! I didn’t find out until today after getting our office’s Xbox One set up. Talk about a MASSIVE let down. It basically ruined the big day for us. COD has been a break room tradition at Cardinal Solutions for years and infinity Ward ruined it! Great job morons!

JT

On November 24, 2013 at 7:09 pm

-_- hate this i just bought it tryed playing it with my sisters didnt work darn it i have 2 friends across the street and now i cant play with them there is one left out -_-

shane b

On November 26, 2013 at 5:53 pm

Just sold mine. Total BS!!!!!!

Wolf

On November 29, 2013 at 3:59 pm

I bought it and I’m totally disappointed.

Chris

On November 30, 2013 at 9:22 am

If I had checked this before I bought Ghosts, I wouldn’t have bought it. Very disappointed. They took away the best part of the game.

Rango

On December 3, 2013 at 12:13 pm

Yeah splitscreen the only reason I buy it anymore

Name*

On December 8, 2013 at 8:42 pm

DUMBEST THING EVER, NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY MORE THAN 2 PLAYERS!!!! CALL OF DUTY SUCKS!!!!

Name*

On December 8, 2013 at 8:43 pm

DUMBEST THING EVER, NOT BEING ABLE TO PLAY MORE THAN 2 PLAYERS!!!! CALL OF DUTY SUCKS!!!! Not recommending Call of Duty to ANYONE

Eve

On December 17, 2013 at 10:46 am

Not only have they disappointed us MW fans, oversized Maps, awful guns and attachements the whole set up,followed by people that abuse every bit of it #CAMPERHAVEN,
they also screwed us over with the lan parties.
Seriously Activision it is time to get back to normal. This is Painful!

Lane

On December 18, 2013 at 9:53 am

I can’t believe this infinity ward has alwAys made the best cod and know they take away 4 player so pissed one of my favorite things to do thank you infinity ward!!

Dwayne

On December 23, 2013 at 10:52 am

DIDNT BUY THE GAME BECAUSE OF THIS. MY FRIENDS AND I NEED 4 PLAYER COOP

izzy

On December 24, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Very disappointed, I bought my son a ps4 for christmas along with three additional remotes with the intention of playing split screen with my kids, but to my surprise when we went to the store today to buy ghost and noticed it is only for 1-2 players local. So we didn’t buy the game and now we are going to return the additional remotes back , since we won’t have a need for them

Khaos

On January 1, 2014 at 12:08 pm

This is ridiculous. I just got out of the military and this game gave my family time to bond and make up for lost time. Thanks for ruining that. You just lost a customer.

Toby

On April 11, 2014 at 10:40 am

???? Enlist make it a dlc