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How to host a server in Sons of the Forest multiplayer

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Updated: Mar 9, 2023 12:15 pm
How to host a server in Sons of the Forest multiplayer

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Want to know how to host a server in multiplayer for Sons of the Forest? Well, look no further, as we can tell you exactyly how to do that!

It was exciting news to hear that multiplayer would immediately be able to play when the game out in Early Access, and many fans were immediately intrigued about – and still are – how you can get set up with your friends as soon as possible.

The survival horror game is making waves, despite that early acces status, and is drawing in thousands and thousands of players. And, naturally, one of the best ways to enjoy the game, and maybe even get the most out of it, is to play it in multiplayer. And we’re here to show you how; it’s easy!

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Sons of the Forest – how to host a server in multiplayer

We’ve got a quick and simple guide for you if you want to host your own server in multiplayer for Sons of the Forest. Just for reference though, right now, there is no way to port over a Single Player save to a Multiplayer server, so you’ll be starting afresh.

What you’re going to want to do first is go to the main menu of Sons of the Forest. From here, you’ll be able to see the following options:

  • Single Player
  • Multiplayer
  • Options
  • Exit

As you can see, what you’re able to do from here is move over the ‘Multiplayer’ option. Once you’ve done that, you can decide whether you want to join or host a server. For this tutorial, of course, you’ll be picking ‘Host’.

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The main menu of Sons of the Forest (image source: BGFG)

Following that, you can have the choice of continuing a previous game, or creating a new game. If you click ‘new game’, you’ll then be given a choice regarding the Sons of the Forest difficulty settings you can choose from, including Peaceful Mode.

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Difficulty settings in Sons of the Forest in multiplayer (image source: BGFG)
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Options for hosting a multiplayer server in Sons of the Forest (image source: BGFG)

After doing so, you’ll see a secondary set of options to choose from. You’ll be able to choose the amount of players, and who can join. If you want to play with more players, you’ll have to try setting up a dedicated server through Steam.

Alternatively, if you don’t want to play multiplayer there are more companions out there for you to team up with in Sons Of The Forest.

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Are there dedicated servers in Sons of the Forest?

The dedicated server feature allows players to create multiplayer games that constantly run at their homes or through server providers, making it great for those who want to play co-op or PvP multiplayer with a bigger group of friends.

Endnight Games, the developers of Sons of the Forest, have neither confirmed or denied whether the game will include dedicated servers in the early access version. In The Forest, dedicated servers were added in update v0.59 as a separate tool that could be found under ‘Tools’ in the Steam library.

This may be the case in an upcoming update for the Sons of the Forest.

To check if Sons of the Forest has dedicated servers, players should follow these steps:

  • Open the Steam library.
  • Open the drop-down menu under ‘Home’ (which defaults to ‘Games’).
  • Check ‘Tools’.
  • Type ‘Forest’ in the search bar.
  • Check if ‘Sons of the Forest Dedicated Server’ is listed.

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That’s all we’ve got right now, be sure to check out our other guides and answers to your questions on Sons of the Forest here at WePC!

How to join a multiplayer server in Sons of the Forest

This is a simple process, which you may have figured out if you first took a look at the process of hosting a server. Either way, it’s good to cover all bases and show you how to join a multiplayer server. There are two main ways of joining a multiplayer server in Sons of the Forest. These are as follows:

  • Accept a direction invitation from the host of the server via Steam.
  • Navigate to the main menu option ‘Multiplayer’, then click ‘Join’.

The first method will take you straight into the lobby of the server, or directly into the game if it’s already started. For the second option, clicking ‘Join’ will bring up a list of available servers – any server hosted by a friend will be at the top of the list.

Is Sons of the Forest local co-op?

Unfortunately, as with most PC releases, given the limits of how we use our machines, Sons of the Forest is not playable in local co-op. If you want to play with friends or join an online server with others, however, then you can do that and play co-op through this method. So, in brief summary: Sons of the Forest is not local co-op but can be played in online co-op!

Is Sons of the Forest a VR game?

Sons of the Forest isn’t a VR game, though it releases soon and could receive a VR update.

Is Sons of the Forest a Steam exclusive?

At the moment, Sons of the Forest is a Steam exclusive, though this could be subject to change eventually.

How many players can join a server in Sons of the Forest?

Right now, Sons of the Forest supports multiplayer for up to 8 players. When hosting a multiplayer game, you’ll be able to choose between 2-8 players, as well as the option of ‘Friends Only’ (meaning that the server is reserved for players on your Steam friends list).

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