Psyonix is finally bringing Rocket League’s in-game voice chat back, complete with upgrades, nearly eight months after it was removed. Soon, Rocket League players will be able to use voice chat in-game again thanks to a forthcoming update. After being absent for several months, voice chat is returning to the game and providing significant quality-of-life improvements.
To succeed at Rocket League, fast communication and teamwork are essential. The removal of voice chat was a surprise for many players, as voice chat is a very effective communication method for many eSports.
Earlier this week, Psyonix published a report detailing what changes will be coming to voice chat in a forthcoming update. It highlights several useful features to enhance Rocket League’s customization possibilities.
In matches, players can seamlessly switch from party chat to team chat, as long as they maintain a persistent connection between games. Players will also be able to mute individual devices selectively, a welcome feature considering how easy it is for toxic players to abuse the voice chat.
Last year’s removal of voice chat had been mitigated by third-party software like Discord, but it could still be problematic for console players, especially since the Nintendo Switch isn’t equipped with a convenient voice chat feature. Rocket League is supposedly following Fortnite’s example since it comes from the same publisher.
Fortnite already has in-game voice chat implemented smoothly, so it shouldn’t be a problem for Rocket League to do the same. Psyonix responded to the news release by clarifying that voice chat will work across platforms, so hopefully, the issues with voice chat on consoles will be resolved with the update on May 9th.
Voice chat’s return is welcome, but due to the nature of voice communication, it is much more difficult to moderate than text chat. There is no way to log voice chat in the same way and there is no way to filter in real-time for particular words and actions, so bans will probably be implemented based on volume, just like in-game voice chat.
The return of voice chat to Rocket League is good news for all supported platforms and will likely add to the popularity of the already popular game. Even though the game was released 7 years ago now in 2015 Rocket League’s continued support keeps people playing.
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