It’s an unfortunate expectation at this point, but today we have confirmation that Star Wars Battlefront will not support in-game VOIP on PC. Traditionally PC games offered their own VOIP service, allowing teams to communicate with one another, without having to work in some third party service. However, with many current games, especially those from EA, there has been a trend of skipping this feature. Star Wars Battlefront will follow this trend, meaning PC gamers will have to party up on Skype, TeamSpeak, or some other service if they want to be able to communicate.
The news comes via the Star Wars Battlefront Twitter account, which was asked if there would be any chat feature in the game. Their response was a rather flippant “You can choose your favorite third party software to communicate with friends on PC.”
This lack of voice support is just another in a string of PC features that fans feel are missing from Star Wars Battlefront. There will also be no server browser, as has traditionally been included, even in DICE’s Battlefield games. Teaming up with friends is also difficult, with parties not really working together in any significant way, other than offering a secondary spawn point.
With PC gaming becoming more and more important in the AAA arena it is unfortunate to see another major release skip key features that fans prefer to have. At least they can work around this with a third party app, but that never quite works as well as being able to meet someone and just start talking together in-game.
Star Wars Battlefront hits PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 17th.