Yusuke Amano Explains Why There’s No Voice Chat in Splatoon

Voice chat is a common feature in every multiplayer shooter. Call of Duty, Battlefield, Killzone, Halo, Resistance, Rainbow Six, and so on all allow players to chat with one another. Splatoon, Nintendo’s first big multiplayer shooter, won’t have voice chat, and Co-Director Yusuke Amano has revealed why.

“This is coming from personal experience,” Amano told Edge (via Nintendo Everything). “When I played online games, I didn’t like the negativity I got and people telling me ‘You’re crap. Go away’. So we wanted to focus on the positive aspects of online gaming”.

Amano does admit that voice chat can contribute to the gaming experience. However, he and Nintendo believe that this decision will help the company grab new players. The decision appears final, as he also confirmed that the feature won’t be patched in in the future.

Splatoon is a brand new IP from Nintendo, and comes with a heavy focus on multiplayer. Players play as Inklings, creatures that can turn into squids and swim through ink. The goal of the game is to shoot colorful ink and cover the map in your team’s color. Of course, you can use your ink weapons to defeat your opponents. Splatoon is out May 29 exclusively on the Wii U.