It’s always a necessary addition to team games, so Blizzard’s ‘Overwatch’ is introducing voice chat directly on Battle.net, to solve all issues of miscommunication.
- Battle.net will get its own in-game voice chat for Blizzard-made games
- ‘Overwatch’ will be the first game to be tested on, an online shooter
- The ‘Overwatch’ beta testing will start on October 27th
- The game itself will launch early 2016
Starting with their upcoming team-based shooter, ‘Overwatch’, Blizzard will be taking on the task of providing with good quality voice services. There have been others, such as ‘World of Warcraft’ or ‘Starcraft II’ with in-game voice chats, but they have been deemed notoriously bad. In fact, very few people use it due to its infamous poor quality.
Most gamers these days resort to third party apps to assure excellent communication between themselves and their friends. However, that places a particular emphasis on ‘friends’. When pairing up online with strangers, it becomes a bit of an issue. And when it comes to competitive play, few have time to write out messages.
This is why most team-based games, that aim for online strangers to work together, often include an in-game voice chat. It’s a vital component of shooters, such as ‘CounterStrike: Global Offensive’, or ‘Call of Duty’. Blizzard is now moving in with their very own brand of online shooter.
The company is hoping that, for their upcoming ‘Overwatch’ game, players will do away with Skype, Ventrillo, or other third party apps used for communication. Battle.net is working on developing an efficient, easy to use, and high quality voice chat. This will greatly enhance the experience and encourage team play.
Or, unfortunately in some cases, ruin it. Anyone who has ever been part of an online shooter knows that issues often occur when people want to yell out or voice their complaints at a constant and loudly on voice chat.
However, the entire system cannot crumble just because of a bad few apples. Thus, Blizzard is hoping that their Battle.net in-game voice chat would aid players in their gameplay This will debut with ‘Overwatch’, and it’s likely to spread to other videogames from there. It all depends on how much of a reliable in-game voice chat Blizzard can come up with.
For now, they have announced that the feature will be exclusive for ‘Overwatch’ beta testing, when it will launch on October 27th for a selected number of players. The fortunate gamers to get a peek at the upcoming shooter will get to see how Blizzard’s new service works. And, according to the company, this “will lay the foundation” for them to test its functionality.
The beta testing for ‘Overwatch’ will begin in a few days, but the game is expected to be released at some point in the beginning of 2016.
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