The annual entry into the Call of Duty series is here and we’re going back to the series roots with Call of Duty: WW2. And just like most of the other entires split-screen multiplayer is a part of the multiplayer experience, but this time around it’s not the easiest thing to get set up.

With the addition of the Headquarters social space at the front and centre of the Call of Duty: WW2 multiplayer experience, adding another player into your session isn’t the most straight forward task. It’s not impossible, but it’s not easy. So here’s what you need to do. This applies for both Xbox One and PS4 versions of the game.

1. Login on your primary controller and load up the game.

Pretty straight forward, just login and load up the game as normal. Head to the multiplayer mode and get yourself into a lobby.

2. Turn on your second controller

Once you’re hovering in the game’s Headquarters lobby grab your second controller and turn it on. Don’t login just yet, instead head back to your primary controller and press Y or Triangle to access the social menu.

A Screenshot of the Multiplayer Menu in Call of Duty: WW2

3. Head to the game select screen and press Y or Triangle on the second controller

Once you’re in the social menu, with the primary controller head to the “Find Match” page. Don’t search for a game just yet, instead grab the second controller and press Y or Triangle. Here you’ll be prompted to login, so log into the account of the second player. Once you’ve done that, you may need to press Y or Triangle again.

4. Check that there’s 2/18 in the party

In the top right-hand corner you’ll see that the party count has gone up from 1/18 to 2/18. If it hasn’t, don’t worry the game may take a few seconds to reload or find a lobby that has enough room for both of you.

5. Head into battle!

Once you’re both loaded in, head to a multiplayer game and boom there’s you and the second player character hanging in the lobby.

Unfortunately Sledgehammer Games haven’t made it easy for the second player when it comes to customising their soldiers. Also, don’t expect the second player to be able to open their loot crates, not unless you both back out and have the second player login by themselves.

Editing their loadouts while they’re part of a party isn’t the easiest either. To do this, the primary player need to make sure that they’re on the “Find Match” page before the second player can navigate to the “Soldier” tab, even then when the second player makes changes it’ll often boot them out and switch to the primary players’ Soldier tab instead.

Like I said, it’s not simple, but not impossible and at least you’re together, right?

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Any chance they’ll change this in the future? As a player 2 this is something that really frustrates me!