Blizzard is looking forward to break a long-established gaming stereotype: that games have terrible voice chats. This is why Battle.net will have a voice chat incorporated in its system. The good news is that if there is any gaming company out there that can make this breakthrough, it is Blizzard Entertainment, but the tough problem is that this is not at all an easy task to accomplish.
Two of Blizzard’s games already have a voice system: World of Warcraft and Starcraft II. But everybody can agree that those systems are light years away from perfect (and we are keeping things very formal by saying that). But this is not a Blizzard issue. Every voice system out there is downright a terrible experience. Nobody has given it much of a thought and it’s about time someone did.
There are two main reasons why Blizzard would be interested in achieving this goal. First of all, it is because they would be the first company on the market that would actually come up with a solution to this issue that has been persisting for years. Secondly, it is because Blizzard has all their players linked onto one platform: Battle.net. So if they make it work on Battle.net, the saying would turn into “millions of birds, one stone”.
The voice system was initially thought to be part of the Overwatch title alone, but further info was revealed and it became clear that the system would work as a fundamental piece of the entire platform. It also shows that Blizzard are a mature enough company to understand that the games that they design do require as much teamwork as possible. So the better resources gamers have, the better the experience.
One game that could particularly benefit from this addition would be Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard’s MOBA, which they casually refer to as a hero brawler. The Heroes community has been demanding a proper voice system ever since late Alpha, but they have always met with the regular “no” indirectly slammed in their faces. This news is actually great for the game’s community.
Needless to say, World of Warcraft and Starcraft II would benefit from an improved voice system. After all, good coordination in PvP and dungeons can always be a plus. The only games that do not really need a voice system would be Diablo III and Hearthstone, but talking with a friend during a match can sometimes feel more comforting.
Now that Battle.net will have a voice chat, gaming experience is very likely to improve for all Blizzard players. It might also attract new people, too.
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