Wasteland 3 Cooperative (Co-op) Sessions occur in a peer-to-peer environment. Unlike some online games that have dedicated servers, Wasteland 3 utilizes a direct connection between the Host and Guest. That means there's a bit more importance placed on both players' computers, and the network connection between them.
If you're having desyncs or disconnections, here are some steps that players have found can help them.
- Review the connection strength indicator in the Wasteland 3 lobby. The fewer bars you have, the more likely there are to be disconnects and desyncs. It's possible following the below steps can help improve your connection, but it's also possible the internet connection between the machines is not strong enough to maintain a session.
- Temporarily disable antivirus and firewall software on both machines as they can interfere with a connection.
- Swap who normally Hosts the session. There's more importance on the Host machine and internet settings, and simply changing who hosts can sometimes resolve connection issues.
- Both the Host and the Guest players should turn off their network devices (modem & router) for a couple minutes, and then turn them back on. If you have a separate modem and router, it's best to turn the modem back on first, let it complete its full restart sequence, and then turn your router back on.
- If after Step 4 (power-cycling network devices) disconnections continue, consider having at least one player connect directly to their modem (bypassing a router, if present) by using a physical network cable. This can help rule out the router being a culprit. If possible, have the player who has bypassed their router Host the game.
- If connection issues persist, have one player restart the game session in single-player, and transition to a new map/scene before saving and reloading that save in co-op. Some areas of the game (Ranger HQ) are more data intensive and can be more challenging for a degraded network connection.
- You may need to check with your ISP to ensure your network devices' firmware is updated. In the majority of cases these are pushed directly to your device from the ISP.