It's become a bit of a standard ever since, well, Half-Life really. But there have been rumblings about the value of voice chat towards the overall quality of a game. Does it really make for a better experience if players have the potential to vocally abuse one another?
Heroes of the Storm was one title to draw a line in the sand. Star Wars: Battlefront is another.
In a response to a question from Travis Porter on Twitter, DICE said those playing Battlefront on PC could "choose your favourite third party software to communicate with friends".
@RaiderGaming15 You can choose your favorite third party software to communicate with friends on PC
— EAStarWars (@EAStarWars) October 13, 2015
The response on social media — well, you can probably guess what it was like. Swift like The Force, shall we say.
— MaX (@MaXGTS911) October 13, 2015
Others were perplexed. Shooters, like control schemes, have developed certain standards.
— detrimental (@itzDETRiMENTAL) October 13, 2015
Mind you, not all of the complaints made total sense.
@EAStarWars well thanks for giving me another reason why not to get it. No custom servers so now I cant join a server team speak
— raul (@BucsAddict08) October 13, 2015
This gamer was particularly dismissive of Dota — presumably Dota 2 — which is weird, considering the legacy of its developer.
@EAStarWars seriously no VOIP? this is 2015 you know that right? even DotA has VOIP
— Blayne Hasmed Tee (@realBlayne) October 13, 2015
DICE will be making "full Beta feedback details" on what changes and fixes they will make as a result of the beta feedback. It'll be interesting to see what changes they make to Walker Assault — particularly the way spawns are decided — but adding in-game voice chat for PC won't be one of them.
It's worth noting that party voice chat will work as per normal for those playing on PS4 or Xbox One, something DICE made a note of confirming. And the studio also tweeted that progression will not carry over from the beta to the full game, as the unlock and reward mechanics had not been fully finalised.