Keep Quiet: Splatoon Will Not Incorporate Online Voice Chat with Strangers

Earlier last week, more information surrounding the upcoming Wii U title Splatoon was released, much of which revolved around the development process and online play. What’s produced a bit of buzz, though, is that the quirky first person shooter will not incorporate online voice chat with strangers.

Though there isn't online voice chat with strangers, perhaps there will with friends?
Though there isn’t online voice chat with strangers, perhaps it will be with friends?

In some comments regarding the Splatoon Famitsu article, it was specified that there would be no online voice chat with those the player is matched with. Whether or not voice chat will be implemented when playing with friends has not been specified, however. There are other methods for voice chat, like Skype, but the question becomes: should they have included it as an option anyway?

There were some other intriguing points brought up, such as details regarding “Hero Mode” and that there will be no CPU players when playing online. Here’s a list of the translated new information.

  • Team made up of lots of staff that worked on Wii U launch titles. Once they’d grasped the hardware, they wanted to create something innovative.
  • Working on a local multiplayer mode in addition to online and Hero Mode
  • Hero mode is predominantly a 3D platformer with heavy emphasis on human-squid transformations
  • Random matching is done world wide, game tries to place you with players close to your skill level based on ratings
  • Tried implementing a system whereby you could give orders to your team mates, but battles were too quick and hectic for them to be effective so they got rid of the feature
  • Game won’t use CPU fighters; only once 8 human players have been found will a match start
  • Having multiple modes with random matching would limit the number of players per mode, so all the focus is on the 4 vs. 4 for that
  • No communication with players you are matched with
  • They didn’t think of using Bloopers when they decided on squids (they apparently forgot they existed)
  • No money can be earned in Hero Mode. Your points, as displayed at the end of the match, are turned into money and experience points.
  • A lot of the music is written by Tooru Minegishi (who has worked on Zelda, Animal Crossing, and Super Mario)

Splatoon releases in May of this year, exclusively on Wii U.

 

~Michael

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