The PC version of Resident Evil 5:Gold Edition is missing split screen mode and the dormant code, which modders used to enable the feature.
During the port process, the split screen code was “ripped out” according to the developer notes. A Capcom community spokesperson took to Neogaf about the situation, calling it an “Unfortunate oversight.” The spokesperson also added the code was already “orphaned” and did not work on PC.
“The crux of the issue is that the PC code base has no concept of multiple controllers. In other words, if you plugged in two Xbox controllers, RE5 has no way of figuring out which gamepad controls which character — or what happens if one player uses a KB+M versus a gamepad. It’s a difficult problem to solve since the original game’s logic wasn’t designed with multiple controller devices in mind.”
TheBlade, who who worked on the mod disagreed, saying “I don’t understand why you claim the code “simply does not work on a PC”. As I was one of the key people who worked on the split-screen mod that enabled it on the GFWL initial release version for PCs. I can confirm that all the code is FULLY functional and it worked flawlessly for the GFWL version.
“We did not add anything extra to the game at all, it was simply enabled. The only problem was that the keyboard would control both characters so it was forcibly disabled. The game has no problem at all distinguishing between two controllers
“Evidently the game knows to assign PAD1 to Player1, PAD2 to Player2 vise versa. Otherwise no characters would have moved at all.
“As for the Steamworks version. I got into the split-screen menus and can confirm that all the code has been removed to enable split-screen functionality (through the menu itself). Within the menus the second controller will work fine but it just loads the standard 1P game. Why can’t this feature be added into the PC version?
“Majority of the code from the Xbox/PS3 SKUs is still compatible in many ways. But it may require little effort to get it to work with Steam properly in terms of saving etc. Look at how fast you guys released the REREV2 temp split-screen co-op patch? Consider it.”
Sectus, the second modder also responded.
“PC version does at least have some code for handling multiple controllers. There’s an array defining which controller ID each player is using, and if you change player two’s ID from -1 to 1, then you’ll have two controllers controlling player 1 and 2.
“I was able to get splitscreen coop working fairly well except for a major problem with the game thinking player two is supposed to have their own savegame. I have no idea how difficult this would be to get working overall, but it’s a shame the feature isn’t there.”
A Capcom spokesperson provided a statement to Eurogamer saying “As the original Resident Evil 5 release on GFWL didn’t officially include local co-op, the mode is therefore not supported by the recent Steam release”
The spokesperson continued.
“Some game code from the original GFWL release did have to be changed in the porting process so both Resident Evil 5 and the new Untold Stories Bundle add-on content worked seamlessly together. Unfortunately this has meant the latest release currently does not work with the previous local co-op mod.”