Does Once Human have crossplay and cross-platform progression?

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A player-built base in Once Human, complete with fortifications and machine guns. (Image credit: NetEase)

Does Once Human have crossplay and cross-platform progression?

Once Human has crossplay and cross-platform progression, as confirmed directly by the developers in a FAQ. With that said, the mobile edition of the game is coming out after the PC version launches, so their use will be limited to PC until it arrives. The Steam version of the game also doesn't currently support cross-platform saves, so be aware of that.

Once Human has both features, but...

A "Meta-Human" player firing at strange creatures born of the influence of Stardust. (Image credit: NetEase)

One of the biggest multiplayer games released this summer is Once Human, a free-to-play post-apocalyptic survival shooter with a strong emphasis on combat, open world exploration, base building, and a blend of both PvE and PvP experiences. Conceptually, it stands out from similar titles like ARK: Survival Evolved with its elements of science and "weird" fiction; it takes place in a near-future where an alien entity called Stardust has overrun and corrupted most of Earth's lifeforms, resulting in the creation of bizarre, almost Lovecraftian monstrosities (check out our Once Human FAQ for more details).

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Since it was one of the most-wishlisted games on Steam and could be one of the best PC games of the year, it's no surprise that it's had quite a big launch so far. Given that it's out on multiple platforms, though, many are wondering if the game has two highly requested features: crossplay and cross-save/cross-progression. The former allows you to play with players using systems and platforms other than your own, while the latter lets you move between these different platforms while saving and transferring your progress.

Fortunately, there's good news for hopeful fans: as confirmed in Once Human's official release FAQ, Starry Studio and NetEase's survival shooter has these features. In other words, as the developers put it in the FAQ itself, "whether you log in through Loading Bay, Steam, or any other platform, you will be able to play with your friends so long as you are all on the same server."

With that said, something important to note is that cross-platform saves are not available for the Steam version of the game, with Starry Studio noting that this is due to Steam accounts and "their inherent limitations." The good news, though, is that the developer says it "will be adding more account options in the future to make it easier for you to play across platforms."

Another thing to know is that Once Human's release date for the mobile edition that's coming to iOS and the Google Play Store hasn't been revealed yet. That means crossplay and cross-progression will be limited to the PC version of the game until the mobile one is pushed live at a later date.

What about if the game comes to consoles?

A monstrous "Deviant" that you'll be able to encounter in Once Human's open world. (Image credit: NetEase)

Once Human will have crossplay and cross-progression between the PC and mobile versions, but will those same features be present in potential releases on Xbox and PS5 consoles? It's impossible to say for sure right now, but if I had to guess, I'd say it's very likely these features will be supported on console as well.

Frankly, it would be very strange if this wasn't the case, as expectations for both features have risen greatly in recent years. Many popular online games like Fortnite, Destiny 2, and others have crossplay and cross-save between consoles and other platforms, so them being absent in console ports of Once Human would be both surprising and frustrating for multiplatform gamers.

Of course, we don't know if there will even be a console release for Once Human yet, as developer Starry Studio is still "carefully deciding whether to release the game to console based on the testing and player feedback, which will take some time." Hopefully the studio will have a clear answer for hopeful console players soon.

Once Human is here, and the multiplayer open world survival shooter might just end up being one of 2024's biggest and brightest PC games. Notably, it's completely free to play, so you can check it out without spending a penny.

Once Human | Free at Steam

Once Human | Free at Steam

Once Human — a free-to-play multiplayer survival shooter set in a post-apocalyptic future where an alien lifeform overruns Earth — looks to be one of 2024's biggest game releases. It's out now on Steam, the Epic Games Store, and NetEase's Loading Bay launcher, is coming to iOS and Android as well.

Also at: Epic Games Store | iOS App Store | Google Play Store

Brendan Lowry

Brendan Lowry is a Windows Central writer and Oakland University graduate with a burning passion for video games, of which he's been an avid fan since childhood. You'll find him doing reviews, editorials, and general coverage on everything Xbox and PC. Follow him on Twitter.