You're The Reason Splatoon Won't Have Voice Chat

Splatoon omits voice chat to stop aggressive players from discouraging potential newcomers.

It was revealed some time ago that Splatoon would not include voice chat for online multiplayer - a huge disappointment to many, as this has become a staple in the online shooter genre. As always, loud opposers have taken to the internet to voice their opinion, claiming that this will make Splatoon a freaking poop game that it will never compete with Call of Duty -- but with all the inappropriate profanity.

They are the reason.

As Splatoon co-director Yusuke Amano told Edge Magazine in an exclusive interview: 

"When I played online games, I didn't like the negativity I got and people telling me 'You're crap. Go away'. So we wanted to focus on the positive aspects of online gaming". 

The benefits of voice chat are clear: allowing players to strategize and give each other updates and feedback in-game. However, this comes at the price of allowing players to freely voice their frustration toward others. Amano felt that the aggressive skilled players would push away potential newcomers, ultimately limiting the game's audience. 

This is doubtlessly a huge omission, and I'm not sure the reasoning behind it is strong enough. At some point you have to just suck it up. That said, the exclusion of voice chat won't stop me from buying the game, as I personally don't use the feature.  

But what do you guys think? Do the pros of the voice chat outweigh the single con? Does this omission affect your chances of picking up Splatoon? Let us know in the comments below!

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Amaad Delmar is a senior double majoring in Game Design and Creative Writing (May 2015 graduate). He's an avid gamer, and narrative creationist. Amaad's favorite game is the best game ever made (whether you like it or not): The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time.

Published Apr. 11th 2015
  • Si_W
    "I'm not sure the reasoning behind it is strong enough. At some point you have to just suck it up. That said, the exclusion of voice chat won't stop me from buying the game, as I personally don't use the feature. "

    Really? You're telling people on the receiving end of verbal abuse to just suck it up when you don't even use voice chat yourself?
  • Rothalack
    Master O' Bugs
    Yet another reason I play PC games and use personal communication methods. Say something ridiculous on my Mumble server? Welcome to the ban hammer.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    And some point I really need to write about what it's like being on the other side when on a team with people who do that.
  • Elijah Beahm
    Featured Columnist
    Often times, I've found the jerk online is outweighed by the silent majority who say nothing. One annoying troll can ruin a match, don't get me wrong, but I played the Playstation 3 during the 7th console gen. I would have damn well mailed headsets to my teammates, I was so desperate to see even just ONE cooperate.

    I've experience the negative side of it, but it's strangely isolated to a few games, at least in my experience. I don't exactly see the League of Legends and Gears of War crowds getting a Wii-U, and even bothering with Splatoon at that, so I am not nearly as worried.

    What would be nice is if the gamepad allow for you to at least send out pre-recorded messages. Then anyone, mic or not, could communicate.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    When gaming online, you just accept some things as part of the experience, for better or worse. That being said, many developers encourage positive players and seek to root out the toxic people who ruin the fun for everyone.
    Seeing this is Nintendo, it is not surprisingly, even if it is a slight disappointment.
  • The Slow Gamer
    This decision isn't really unusual for Nintendo. They've often had moderated or censored online communication within their game, but that's impossible to do with voice chat.

    I don't think this game is trying to compete with Call of Duty or FPS of that ilk, just like Smash Bros doesn't try to compete with MOBAs.
  • The Soapbox Lord
    Featured Contributor
    Since Smash Bros. is a fighting game, it wouldn't make much sense to compete with a MOBA would it?
  • The Slow Gamer
    Yeah, I thought it was a dodge comparison when I wrote it, but I couldn't think of anything better. Replace MOBA with non-Nintendo online combat game.

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