I sure did miss my estimate on this one. If you had read my article from only a few days ago, you’d see that I thought voice support in-game was going to launch during the next big patch. Nope, I was wrong. She’s LIVE folks. Let’s review the experience I’ve had with it in the last 24-hours.
First things first, everyone needs to give this a chance. I’ve seen a lot of posts asking how to opt out of it because they don’t want to talk to the potentially mean people who can play this game. That’s true, as it basically is of any online game now, but Heroes has an awesome community and as a part of that, you shouldn’t be trying to opt out it. You may get grouped with people who aren’t so nice, but should that occur you still have all of the same options available that you did before. Mute them, block them, or if you must, leave voice altogether. But you shouldn’t dismiss a new feature just because you’re afraid of who you may run into.
I’ll be honest, I didn’t quite know how my first games would go either. In fact, my very first game I didn’t jump into voice at all. This was mostly due to the fact that I was learning their new UI system for voice, and couldn’t quite tell what was happening yet. I was trying to watch and see if someone had jumped into Team Voice so that I could join them. Turns out, I was doing that wrong too. Come the 2nd game I opted to just dive right in. The first steps are the hardest to take, right?
I am so very glad that I did. I ended up grouping with a fun player who actually liked to heal, put up with our group’s antics, and they even joined up with us afterward. We didn’t win all of our matches last night, but that didn’t matter. They easily merged in with our fun group, and everything turned out just fine. Ironically enough, it reminded me a lot of PuG Raiding, or Challenge Mode Dungeons back in WoW. We did our thing and had fun doing it, so that was all that mattered.
Don’t give up so easily. This system is new, barely being 24-hours old, and no one is used to voice support in-game yet. Give it some time, give it a chance, and this can all work out for us. At the very least, try to consider what my friend Memo is going to do: join Team Voice only in Hero League. It’s not much, but it’s a start. And maybe it’ll do enough for our collective confidence so that we’re all a bit more willing to talk.