Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on Wii U won’t support voice chat


If you are planning on picking up Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on the Wii U, I might have some bad news. It seems that the Wii U version will not support voice chat. As you know, Wii U will be online chat capable, but will be done on a game-by-game basis and require you to get a third-party headset instead of using the Wii U GamePad microphone.

“We don’t support voice chat on Wii U for those reasons. One of the side effects of being a launch title basically. Does support it on PS3 and 360 though!” – executive producer Steve Lycett

Seems the problem was time, since the game is a launch title it’s hard to get all the features you want into the game. Other launch games that do support online chat include Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 and Mass Effect 3: Wii U Edition.

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7 responses to “Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed on Wii U won’t support voice chat

  1. Joel says:

    Maybe they can change that in an update.

  2. -nSega54- says:

    I hope so too, as other Wii U launch games have managed to feature voice chat.

  3. It’s a shame Nintendo put developers in this position in the first place, especially if their system is geared more toward internet social stuff. I don’T think this breaks the game but it sets its self apart from the other two versions that do.

    This isn’t really SUMO’s fault but more the lack of paying attention to established current gen systems that have a tried and true method of in-game chat via wireless bluetooth headsets or plug in analog headsets.

    I still think its smart to release even without this feature. I bet that launch window cash is good when you’re the only HD kart racer on the block till Nintendo releases their next Mario Kart.

  4. bob says:

    EA and Activision are among the most rich and powerful companies in the world, just because they can overcome the obstacles and problems nintendo’s poor implementation of features has caused doesnt make those problems cease to exist.

    More likely BECAUSE those are big name companies, Nintendo worked with them to help them get it going while screwing over smaller developers, their typical attitude and not one that bodes well for the future

  5. Teflon02 says:

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  6. Centrale says:

    I don’t really believe that explanation. I think it’s because the game is directed at a general audience (i.e., kids) that Nintendo is reluctant to allow voice chat that will include the kind of sociopathic haterizing you typically find on XBL.

  7. -nSega54- says:

    “EA and Activision are among the most rich and powerful companies in the world, just because they can overcome the obstacles and problems nintendo’s poor implementation of features has caused doesnt make those problems cease to exist.”

    lol buying a Turtle Beach headset is “obstacles and problems that have to be overcome”? Granted, I’ll agree that it was lame of Nintendo not to include a headset with every system but that’s a tad over-dramatic, don’t you think?

    “think it’s because the game is directed at a general audience (i.e., kids) that Nintendo is reluctant to allow voice chat that will include the kind of sociopathic haterizing you typically find on XBL.”

    Hm. Nintendo’s not publishing this game so they wouldn’t have any say in whether or not it features voice chat.

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