A common complaint among PC players during the Battlefield 3 beta was the lack of squad-based or team-based voice chat. Parties formed in the Battlelog could chat it up but not anywhere else. DICE has confirmed that remain the case when the game launches on October 25.
When asked if Battlefield 3 will include squad or team-based VOIP chat in an interview with Gamespy, Lead Multiplayer Designer Lars Gustavsson said, “No, on PC this (battlelog) is what we’re going to ship with. Then we’re going to evaluate how we move forward with this.
“It’s something we’ve heard from the community, it’s something we understand. At the same time, building a game of this size, you can’t win all of the battles. The convenience of going in with friends with your party VOIP channel and keep it even after the game, is definitely a strength. That’s just the start – we can definitely evolve from there down the road.”
Oddly, it sounds as if the Command Rose might not make it into the game at launch either.
“It is on our list for trying to get in there at launch,” Gustavsson explained. “It is the usual things that you can really miss on the battlefield. Bail out is a typical one; you’re sitting in a helicopter and you realize that you want to attack the flag, and there’s no way to tell you’re buddy that you’re going to bail out.”
Far be it from us to state the obvious but another good way to let your buddy know would be at least squad-based voice chat.
Both the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 versions of Battlefield 3 will support voice chat.