The Division will have a "classic MMO chat system" to aid player communication

After a few months of general information overload about The Division, we're starting to get the skinny on how the PC version will be defined. Today we've got creative director Magnus Jansén talking about how PC players will be able to communicate via text chat in addition to the voice systems on console. It's a standard thing, but its inclusion is part of the wider, fairly complex social systems that are built into the game.

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At its core, the PC-specific communication system is the MMO chat pane you'll be used to from World of Warcraft or your particular F2P/subscription poison. But it's only available in these safe house zones within hub areas. Jansén explains:

"[The safe house is] also a social space where you can easily use your proximity voice, or on PC chat because on PC you obviously have a chat for group or local. [It's a] classic MMO chat system which you can use to hook up with strangers."

The plan is for this to help with communication on PC, make groups easier to get and build a stronger community. You'll also have access to that proximity voice chat, if you've got a mic. Meanwhile, this won't be usable elsewhere - in the Dark Zones, for example, there's less ability to talk to folks you haven't met yet. Plus, they're large areas without too many other people in them, Massive want each encounter in these PvP bits to mean something.

If you want to read more on The Division, Matt wrote up why he thinks it's going to be a great PC RPG.

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ZedClampet(11 hours played)
1 Year ago

"... hook up with strangers." I was always told not to do that.

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Belimawr Avatar
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1 Year ago

think of it like a giant swingers party.

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MaliceAlyce Avatar
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1 Year ago

Cutting off communication everywhere else doesn't make much sense but then also ties in with the general lack of realism in the game with the laser tag gunplay

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1 Year ago

well you won't be meeting other players in the pve area's with exception of the dark zone which is pvp. so it's the hub's and the dark zone. the latter which team s have been formed already.

Pve is isolated to just you and who you invited from people you already know in your town that are your friends with from work or school that have the game and seeing that there always people claiming they want to play this game "a lone" and always asking for an off line mode which if they are told there's no off line mode, which they say they won't play or buy it if there isn't an off line mode it makes sense, especially since this is for the none traditional MMo crowd.

As stated in this former article from this very site here.> http://www.pcgamesn.com/the-division/the-division-may-not-be-the-mmo-or-shooter-youre-looking-for-but-its-got-more-than-enough-to-make-up-for-it

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1 Year ago

Ah ok, well it would be good at least if you ran into people in the dark zone that you could communicate with them. Thanks for the info

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