Since BETA I have been in discussions with many players in the Battlelog forums about VOIP in my thread No Mention of VOIP in PC Version in FAQ.
. It received the support of hundreds of players and reached 13 or so pages before Beta closed. I reposted it on the EA Forums US to continue the conversation but it was deleted twice by admins. So I posted it on the EA Forums UK where it's getting traction. I had attempted to be civil and nice and wait patiently for an answer since I had a discourse with Baz who is with DICE. Then this article came out...Battlefield 3 Beta Interview
GameSpy: The beta didn't support in-game VOIP; players had to form a party through battlelog to be able to chat just to their party. Will Battlefield 3 include in-game VOIP – be it squad or team based – at launch?
Lars: No, on PC this (battlelog) is what we're going to ship with. Then we're going to evaluate how we move forward with this. It's something we've heard from the community, it's something we understand. At the same time, building a game of this size, you can't win all of the battles. The convenience of going in with friends with your party VOIP channel and keep it even after the game, is definitely a strength. That's just the start – we can definitely evolve from there down the road.
I said this in a EA Forums US & the UK thread, I've said this in the article comment section and I'll say it here again.
The lack of any intelligent VOIP for the PC community is sickening. To have any developer think that a VOIP channel for Squads and a channel between Squad Leaders isn't needed in a teamwork effort military shooter is not only shortsighted it's moronic. Did they completely forget their own roots? Did they forget that BF2's communities were formed through teamwork play between players and that bonds were formed through VOIP within squads? This is horrible and one of the greatest travesties I've seen to the PC players. Then to say in their FAQ that console gamers will have VOIP for Squads and Teams is just adding insult to injury. It's like they are giving a big frack you to the PC communities. For a game that was "supposedly" created for the PC first they sure have forgotten some important PC innovations in their game. DICE has not only forgotten it's roots it has forgotten it's core fan base the PC player. Shame on them. It's pathetic.
I am more than ever determined to make the thread I posted on the EA Forums UK 1000 posts long filled with proof that PC Gamers are pissed off by the lack of a credible VOIP system.
Spread this thread far and wide PC Gamers. Put it in every single Forum you are part of that has any PC gamers that want VOIP in the game to work as we've stated.
Make this a media frenzy because it's really the only way they MIGHT implement VOIP down the road. Without a huge backlash they will obviously do nothing.
The EA Forums UK Thread:No Mention of VOIP in PC Version in FAQ. http://forums.electronicarts.co.uk/batt … n-faq.html
If you read just the first post you can see how civil and detailed I was with our efforts. We need the support of the PC Gamer community. If you want a VOIP system in game that works automatically for Squads and between Squad Leaders please support this UK thread. Pass it along to your friends of like mind.