Posted: Dec 18, 2022 in Unturned
By Nathan Young
Just like many other games on Steam, Unturned allows for multiple users to play together. There are a few ways to do this, with joining an existing game being a popular choice. Unfortunately, you wouldn’t have any administrative control over these kinds of servers, as you don’t own it. Fret not! You’re able to create a private or public one with complete access to the settings, options, and configuration. The exact process is a bit technical, but there’s an easier solution. We’ll be reviewing the various methods to play Unturned with friends. Let’s get started!
There are two primary ways to play with your friends: hosting an internet or local area network (LAN) server. These are vastly different when compared, revealing positives and negatives for each. For example, using LAN means the server will only be accessible if your computer remains online, while the internet version is always active. This section will provide you with essential information about which type you should try out.
Server Type Comparison
|Efficiently run and configure the server.||Tedious to configure and run the server.|
|Dedicated hardware to always be online.||Only active when your computer is online.|
|Quick access to files, settings, and configs.||Slightly harder access to server files.|
|DDoS protection against malicious attacks.||No protection against malicious attacks.|
|Managed through a simplified user-interface.||Managed through CMD and localized options.|
|Easily add mods, plugins, and more.||Increased difficulty for adding mods and plugins.|
|Available for other players to join.||Only players on your network can join.|
Due to the amount of benefits from hosting an internet server, you and others may want to try it out. Exploring more of these positives, installing addons and overall managing it is easily done with our panel. Our system automatically generates the needed files and allows you to quickly tweak them if you want. Additionally, we have plenty of resources for you to follow to accomplish almost anything with the internet server. Whether you want to change the map or completely customize the gameplay, it’s all efficiently done with our panel.
Unturned, then select it.
Restart Nowwhen prompted to begin loading the files.
Rather than hosting a server on the internet, using LAN makes everything run on your computer. In other words, your friends cannot join if you’re offline. This can easily become problematic for many new server owners. However, keep in mind that only people on your network’s connection can join. There are third-party services to allow others to join, but complicates the already complex LAN setup. Regardless of this fact, review the instructions below to start making your own private Unturned server.
Before doing anything, you’ll need to download a particular program to obtain the server files.
steamcmd.exeprogram and wait for it to finish loading.
Upon receiving all the files, it’s time to start the server!
U3DSarea, then create a text file.
.batso it becomes a batch document.
Note: You may have to enable
File Name Extensions in your
View options to do it.
Editon the file.
Note: This safely closes down the server program.
It’s best to keep all “MyServer” type names similar or the same for consistency. This way, it’s easy to navigate in your directories. Otherwise, it may be harder to configure the server.
No one can join until you configure it, so make sure to follow along.
U3DSdirectory, then locate and enter the
Editthe Commands.dat file.
name [serverName] map [mapName] port 27015 password [enter a password] maxplayers [value] perspective [both/first person/vehicle] mode [normal/easy/hardcore] [pvp/pve] owner [steamID]
Important: Do not include any brackets, as these are placeholders for your input.
Finally! You and others can join the LAN Unturned server.
LaunchUnturned from your Steam
Library, then click
Playin the menu.
Connectand enter “localhost” for the
Connectat the bottom and select
Jointo load in the game.
Alright, so that was a lot to unpack just to play with your friends in Unturned. However, remember that the easiest solution is to simply host an internet server, rather than using LAN. This way, you’ll have a simpler time editing any file, adding mods, plugins, changing maps, and so much more. Luckily, the game itself is free and is widely available for all your friends. This makes it better for everyone, but manually setting up a server isn’t. We hope this blog was useful to you, have a good one gamers!