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How do I play a multiplayer custom match in XCOM 2 on Steam?

Playing a multiplayer custom match on Steam differs depending on whether you want to host the game, or simply join it.

To host:

  1. From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.

  2. Select Create Custom Match.

  3. The Create Game screen will appear, from which you can adjust the game's settings. Set the Lobby Type to either Private (only players that you invite can join the game) or Public (anyone can join the game).

  4. Select Continue.

  5. The Squad Loadouts screen will appear. Either select a loadout you've made previously, or create a new loadout, then select Confirm.

  6. The Custom Match screen will appear. To invite a friend to the game, select Invite Friend. Otherwise, proceed to step 8.

  7. The Choose Friends to Invite dialog will appear. Click the Invite button next to the name of the friend you wish to invite, then select Return to Game.

  8. When you're ready to start the game, select Ready.

  9. Once another player has joined the game and is ready to start, the Start button will appear. Click on the Start button to begin the match.


To join:

  1. From the Main Menu, select Multiplayer.

  2. Select Search for Custom Match.

  3. The Search screen will appear, from which you can choose the type of match you want to search for. Set the Lobby Type to Public, then select Continue.

  4. A list of the available games that match your criteria will appear. Double-click on the game in the list that you want to join.

  5. The Squad Loadouts screen will appear. Either select a loadout you've made previously, or create a new loadout, then select Confirm.

  6. The Custom Match screen will appear. When you're ready to start the game, select Ready.

  7. The host will start the match when ready.