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Starbreeze Studio Waiting for Nintendo to OK Voice Chat for Payday 2 on Switch

I previously talked about the urgency behind Nintendo adopting a reasonable, modern, and ubiquitous solution for online voice chat on the Nintendo Switch – and not a dumb smartphone app. Now, we’ve seen the first instance of a game developer having built-in voice chat for a game launching for the Switch, however, they’re unable to implement the feature.

Payday 2 publisher Starbreeze Studios confirmed (via Kotaku AU) that they’re ready to implement built-in voice chat for the grand larceny shooter, only to run into a snag: Nintendo.

Currently, the Switch only support built-in voice chat for Splatoon 2, and only via the company’s smartphone application. It’s draconian and needlessly complicated.

Starbreeze said “we are waiting to be able to participate in Nintendo’s VOIP app solution,” and said that “as soon as we are given the go-ahead, this is definitely on our list to look into to update.”

This means the game will launch without built-in voice chat, so you’ll need to organize with random strangers somehow to talk on Discord or something. Starbreeze offered their official Payday Discord channel as a workaround, but you can see how silly this entire thing is.

Payday 2 is launching for the Switch tomorrow, February 27th, via the eShop. It’s currently avaialble for Windows PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4.

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