Now that we are only a month out from the launch of the Wii U, it’s hard to believe that we know very little about how the system’s online service will operate. While full details are currently up in the air, Nintendo has revealed a bit about how voice chat will work. Unfortunately, even with this announcement details are still murky other than the fact that voice chat exists!
Rather than making voice chat a system-wide feature or a mandate for all titles with online play, Nintendo will allow developers to implement the feature on a case-by-case basis. Games confirmed to have voice support include Call of Duty: Black Ops 2, Assassin’s Creed III and Mass Effect 3. Don’t expect to use the Game Pad’s built-in mic for chat, however; you will most likely have to resort to third-party manufacturers for headsets that will plug into the Game Pad. Nintendo specifically has named Tritton and Turtle Beach as companies to turn to for hardware.
Yet in a stranger turn of events, Nintendo has not confirmed whether or not the Pro Controller, which games like Black Ops 2 will support, can somehow work with these headsets. Ideally, players would want to use this controller given its more traditional setup as opposed to the Game Pad, but without the confirmation of chat, players may have to take the good with the bad.
Expect more details to come about how voice chat and online play will operate in the next month. Hopefully more concrete and expansive plans are announced to assuage any worries for early adopters, as Nintendo’s history with voice chat is not the most reassuring. At the very least, we now know that not using voice chat on the Wii U will translate to a lack of young children shouting racial epithets at you after they’ve gunned you down for the tenth time!