While interviewing Nintendo representative Julie Gagnon while at E3, I asked her why some games, such as Pokemon and Animal Crossing, have voice chat included, whereas other games, like Splatoon, do not. In short, Gagnon said that the voice chat option is really left to the developers to decide, and is very dependent on if the game needs it or not. Also, Gagnon pointed out that this decision was made to “appeal to the maximum number of players.”
“The thing with Splatoon is that the game is so visual and we really feel that the people in the game do not need voice chat in order to communicate with each other because we have ‘oh, stay here’ or ‘come here’ icons. We have many ways to communicate in the game. Plus, with the gamepad and the view, you can easily see if one of the members of your team is in trouble, or if there is a part of the map that you need to cover. So, this is something that we made a decision on so that the game can appeal to the maximum number of players. So, ultimately, the developers need to decide, depending on the features and the game itself, whether voice chat is included.”
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