Feral Support | Company of Heroes 2 FAQs | How do I play a multiplayer game of Company of Heroes 2 on Steam?

How you play a multiplayer game varies depending on whether you want to join a game, or host your own.

Joining a game

Joining a multiplayer game is simple. The process is slightly different depending on whether you want to join a public or private game:

Public games

To join a public game:

  1. Select Online & Skirmish from the Main Menu.

  2. Select Public Game List.

  3. A list of available games will appear. To join a game, highlight it in the list, then select Join Game.

Private games

To join a private game, you must be invited by another player. When you are invited, a notification will appear at the top of the screen:

Image of an invitation

To join the game, click on the Tick icon on the notification. You will then be taken to the game's lobby.

Hosting a game

Hosting your own game is a little more complicated. To host a game:

  1. Select Online & Skirmish from the Main Menu.

  2. Select Create Custom Game.

You'll now be taken to the game's lobby, where you can select a map and change the game options.

To open your game up to the public so that anyone can join it, tick the Open to Public checkbox:

Image showing the open to public checkbox

Your game will now be visible in the public game list.

Inviting players

To invite players from your Steam friends list to the game, click on the Invite Players button on an empty player slot. A list of your Steam friends will appear. Click on the Invite button next to a friend's name to invite them to the game.

You can also invite players who are not on your friends list to the game via the in-game chat rooms. You can join a chat room by clicking on the Chat button in the bottom-left corner of the screen, then selecting a room:

Image of the chat button

To invite a player, click on the player's name in the chat window, then select Invite.

Image of the invite button in a chat room

In the lobby…

Once you're in the lobby, there's a few final options you can change before you begin playing:

Changing your army

You can change your army by clicking on the medal icon on the left-hand side of your player slot:

Image of player slot showing the army medal icon

Changing teams

To change the team you're playing on, click on the Switch Slot icon in the bottom-right corner of a player slot on the other team:

Image of an empty player slot showing the arrows icon

You can only change to the other team if there is a free slot.

Changing your loadout

Your loadout includes commanders and intel bulletins, which give you special abilities and bonuses in battle. To change your loadout, click on the weapons case icon in the bottom-right corner of your player slot:

Image of an empty player slot showing the weapons case icon