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By the way, Battlefield 2042 won’t feature voice chat capabilities from launch. That seems more than a little strange seeing that communication is so vital for success in an online shooter. Let’s add that to the pile of things that fans are complaining about four days ahead of its debut.
When I say “complaining,” I mean complaining. Presently, the critic score for Battlefield 2042 stands at 80 from a number of “generally favourable” reviews. On the other hand, there are more than 850 negative user reviews for the game on Metacritic, pulling its user score down to 2.6. “An embarrassment for a once great series. It takes many steps back on almost all fronts, from gameplay to graphics and performance,” said one.
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Yikes. That is a statement. Players have been recording everything that they’re unhappy with in a sizable thread on Battlefield 2042’s subreddit, and the fact that the game is not including voice chat from the get-go is the cherry on the cake. There is also no mouse and keyboard support for console players, no “All” chat, no transparency options for the user interface, no ability to use a grappling hook through smoke, and the missing campaign is still rubbing players up the wrong way.
DICE omitted the single-player side this time because it wanted to “put all that emphasis and all those resources into building depth into the multiplayer.” Given the reaction to this part of the game by those premium players in these matches right now, this statement is a little worrying. However, the problems that have been identified are solvable with a patch.
Speaking to The Washington Post, the team explained that the majority of players use party chat on Discord or on Xbox and PlayStation communication features. Resultantly, DICE is aiming to add voice chat “shortly after launch and that it is “on the road map” and could land as early as “Day 25.″ For the time being, I guess these services are what players should opt for if they want to use voice chat, but only time will tell if it’s too little too late for Battlefield 2042’s missing features.
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