Box art - Phasmophobia

Can you play Phasmophobia single-player?

Phasmophobia, the Steam Early Access release from Kinetic Games, is kind of a nightmare. We mean that in a good way: It’s meant to be terrifying, and it definitely succeeds in that goal. Of course, not everyone is keen to jump into multiplayer. This leaves an obvious question: Can you play Phasmophobia single-player? Is there any way to play solo?

Phasmophobia single-player | Can you play solo?

Phasmophobia single-player - Can you play solo?

Yes, you can play Phasmophobia single-player. Solo play is made possible by creating a private lobby and beginning the game without inviting any other players to join.

There is one caveat, however: Solo play will not be easy. There are several objectives in the game that will be very difficult to complete by yourself. You may be able to collect all the evidence you need, but your chances of survival will be far lower than they would if you had some backup. You’ll also have to make extra trips to carry equipment and will be much more susceptible to attack.

In a way, this approach does make the game much more frightening. And if you’re trying to play Phasmophobia single-player, being terrified without anyone around to calm your nerves may sort of be the point. The problem is that you may not be able to actually achieve certain in-game goals at all.

If you’re wondering about how this could affect gameplay, check out our guide detailing how Phasmophobia works. In a nutshell, you and up to three other players collect evidence and place devices around haunted environments to determine what type of ghost is lurking about. Without extra players around, you’ll have to place cameras or sensors and gather evidence all by yourself.

It’s entirely possible to play Phasmophobia solo, but you’d be missing out on a lot of the game’s fun. If this is no bother, then you can create a single-player game by creating a private lobby. From there, simply choose the Play option without inviting any other users.