The Anacrusis: Crossplay and Party Codes Explained


The Anacrusis is the latest horde shooter to try and fill the Left 4 Dead-shaped hole in the hearts of many players, and the sleek ’60s sci-fi-inspired co-op shooter has a shot as good as any game of the crowded genre, thanks to its arrival on the PC and Xbox platforms. It also offers cross play, which can be a boon to the community of any multiplayer game. The multiplayer system requires an extra step though, so use this guide as an introduction to party codes, cross play, and more in the world of The Anacrusis.

Does Anacrusis have a cross play?

Yes. The Anacrusis offers cross play that spans all of its current platforms. This includes Xbox Series X | S, Xbox One, and PC via Steam and the Epic Games Store. It’s also available in Game Pass for Xbox and PC. The four-player co-op PvE game seems to be suitable for other platforms as well, although there is no news on this just yet. In the meantime, players on these platforms can band together and enjoy in-game voice chat on all platforms.

Cross-play means players from many platforms can team up to take on this beast.

The codes of the Anacrusis party

There is, however, an additional step to playing multiplayer with players on other platforms. While the game offers matchmaking, letting you jump right into a game with other players whenever you want, you can also invite specific people using a party code.

When you load the game you will see your asset Six-digit party code right away, as well as group slots allowing up to three players to join you. You can share this Party Code with other players to invite them to your game, or you can enter a Party Code assigned to you to join another game instead. Keep in mind that this Party Code will change each time you start the game, so don’t think of it as a more permanent Friend Code than you might have seen on Nintendo platforms.

You can however invite friends directly from your platform. For example, if you and your friend are both playing on Xbox, you can invite them using the multiplayer options on the system side and ignore the Party Code altogether.

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If you need hide your party code, such as when you are streaming and not trying to invite the entire chat into your living room, you can select the option to hide it by selecting “Edit Game” from the main menu.

This is a fairly common workaround for small team cross-play compatible games, and so far it seems to work as expected. This is good, because it means you can spend less time playing around with the menus and more time getting away from an alien plague invading your beached luxury ship.

The Anacrusis is in Early Access on PC and in Game Preview on Xbox.

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