I do not know if this was mentioned on these boards yet so if it did the I apologize.
Many of you who played Demon's Souls are fully aware that there is no in-game voice chat and the players only have the option of using the gestures/emote system, or opening a text chat room. While the gesture system was limited it did convey basic communication between players. If players wanted a deeper understanding between each other then then chat room would be another options. Both methods are in no way ideal but they did work and after a few sessions you would not even think about the lack of voice chat.
So when Dark Souls was officially announced my biggest hope for it was a proper voice chat. My hope were even bigger after I read that the developer would be building their coop after Demon's Souls but would expanded and improve upon it. Naturally I though to myself that a proper chat system will be in the game so when I found out that Dark Souls will not have voice chat I was disappointed. However, I trust From Software and I know they will find a solution and if they think that the game needs no voice chat then the game needs no voice chat. I'll get over it. Then I started thinking that the 360, unlike the PS3, is not limited to only in-game chat but also offer voice chat through Cross Game, Privet, and Party chat and that maybe 360 players will find a way around it. However, this is not going to be the case.
Having no Voice Chat sure makes this guy very loud
Illikar, who I know from the Demon's Souls wikia pages, have confirmed that From software have asked and been given permission by MS to disable in game, cross game, privet, and party chat with the 360 version and effectively blocking all voice chat in the game. This have made some 360 players very angry including one in particular. Big Red Husker, as he's apparently known on XBL, Have taken this very badly. This was taken from his post on the Dark Souls forums:
URGENT: Regarding the upcoming game Dark Souls, made by From Software and Published by Namco Bandai, for Xbox 360 and As a loyal customer and subscriber to Xbox and Xbox Live, it disappoints me to hear that From Software has asked and been granted permission by Microsoft to disable in game Xbox 360 Voice Chat, Private Chat, and Party Chat. while playing their game Dark Souls. Especially Party chat. As a customer of Microsoft and a Subscriber to Xbox Live. And a potential customer to From Software and Namco Bandai. I do not give Microsoft / Xbox, permission to disable 3 services that is part of the subscription service that I am paying for.
Please inform From Software and Namco Bandai that these features especially party chat must not be disabled.
As you can see from his post he is not a happy camper and he has taken upon himself to let everyone on the Dark Souls and the 360 forums know how "pissed" he is.
This leaves me with two questions for all the 360 players who are getting Dark Souls.
- Have you played coop on Demon's Souls?
- Does the absences of voice chat anger you to the point where it's a deal breaker?