It looks like Steam is about to receive a new feature called Remote Play Together. It will enable us to play local multiplayer titles over the web. The information has been published on the Steamworks website, which only developers have access to, but several of them have shared it publicly (e.g. Guard Duty's dev, Nathan Darko).
Remote Play Together will enable us to play online - two people or a larger group - in titles that have not yet offered such an option. Beta-tests for this feature will start soon, on October 21, and will automatically cover all games with local multiplayer mode (any co-operative or competitive mode, on the same or split screen).
Remote Play Together will certainly not replace the possibility of meeting friends in the same room, but it seems to be an interesting option that will enable us to more often enjoy some games with friends (e.g. Guacamelee! or TowerFall: Ascension). Who knows, maybe these titles will gain a new life? How do you like the idea?
- Steam - official website