Nintendo confirms lack of voice chat in Splatoon

In an interview featured in this month’s EDGE magazine, the game’s development team confirmed that voice chat would not be available in the inky shooter’s online modes.  Splatoon may be bloodless and in theory accessible to everyone, highly competitive and aggressive teammates may keep some players from enjoying the experience. And the ability to belittle players’ capabilities with insults and slurs would certainly not fit Nintendo’s kid-friendly image. One of the game’s co-directors, Yusuke Amano, offered this explanation:

This is coming from personal experience. 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.

After previous adult-to-child “issues” with Swapnote and, to a lesser extent, the Miiverse message boards, one can understand why Nintendo would want to play it safe when it comes to potential interactions between strangers of various ages. While Splatoon has the mechanics of a shooter like Call of Duty, it doesn’t have an M rating keeping the younger crowd out. We may not like it but Nintendo taking voice chat out of the equation is a necessary safety measure. Here’s hoping the development team thought of another mode of communication.

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Since the height of the Sega Genesis days, video games captured Natalie Kipper's heart and never let go. Her favorite genres are RPG, platformer, and puzzle but is always open to trying new things. If she isn't glued to a gaming console, she can be found at Disneyland or adding to her army of plush toys.