Lars Bakken has provided an explanation in regards to the voice chat restrictions of the upcoming multiplatform release, “Destiny.” According to a report from GameSpot on Dec. 10, the multiplayer lead behind the cross-generation project disclosed that you can only talk with other members of your “fireteam.”
The restriction was decided because Bungie wanted to control the interactions between strangers. He noted that a few players can ruin the experience of others through voice chat in the past. Instead of using the in-game functionality, you will have to use the party chat system of the PS4 and Xbox One if you want to communicate with another individual that you don’t know. You can find a set of screenshots from “Destiny” in the slideshow located to the left of this article and the comments from Lars Bakken below (courtesy of GameSpot and Game Informer):
One of the things that we're doing for the first time ever in Destiny, we're taking a different approach to voice chat. We know that, not just in multiplayer, that in general, when you get into a game with someone that you don't know or someone that you've never seen before and may never see again, they have this power to completely destroy your entire experience and maybe ruin the game for you forever. And so what we're doing instead of having that...one in ten chance possibility of someone ruining your game, we're effectively saying you only have voice chat to your fireteam. And we're doing other things to let you communicate with other players, but it'll be interesting to see how people react to it, for sure.
“Destiny” is a shared-world first-person shooter that mainly focuses on cooperative play. However, Bungie will also include several competitive matches where players could use their own characters. In other popular multiplayer games in the past, players often used the voice chat to verbally abuse others by using profanity and racial slurs. The development team appears to want to eliminate these bad experiences in the forthcoming title.
Along with the aforesaid PS4 and Xbox One, “Destiny” is also coming out for the PS3 and Xbox 360 on Sept. 9, 2014.