Lucid Games, developers of Destruction AllStars, released a new hotfix that addresses the lobby voice communications system. Now, multiplayer lobby voice chat will be disabled by default for all players.
Originally, lobby voice chat was left on by default for Destruction AllStars players. More than that, communications including voice and audio was routed through the PS5 DualSense controller. So even if players didn’t have a headset, they would still be included in the voice chat lobby through the DualSense’s built-in mic and speakers.
Going forward, Lucid Games says the team is actively working on a more long-term enhancement to the way voice communications will work in its destruction derby games.
Destruction AllStars Hotfix 1.2.2 is now LIVE!
Hotfix Notes Thread:
Disabled multiplayer lobby voice communications by default for all players.
We are actively working on longer-term enhancements to the voice communications system.
— Lucid Games (@LucidGamesLtd) February 5, 2021
Original Story: Destruction AllStars, the new destruction derby game for the PlayStation 5 is finally out, but players are discovering that cars aren’t the only things colliding in this game. Voices are too because Destruction AllStars turns on voice comms through the PS5 DualSense on by default. Now the devs say they’re working on a solution.
When you enter a game of Destruction AllStars, the whole lobby will automatically enter voice chat with the other players. If you don’t have a mic or headset, don’t worry because Destruction AllStars uses the DualSense controller as your default mic and headset.
Now, on Reddit, Lucid Games has announced that it is working on a fix for the voice comms and party chat settings “ASAP.” In a post published by Lucid’s community manager, an update for the voice comms will arrive sometime this week either on Thursday or Friday.
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In the meantime, the developers advise players who don’t want to experience the free-for-all voice chat to press the PlayStation button, then the Square on the party chat card. From there, players can mute the voice chat when they join a game or create a private party chat.
You’ll need to do this each time you join a new game, which is why it’s more of a temporary workaround rather than a full fix.
Destruction AllStars was originally announced as a PS5 launch title. However, it was delayed until now where PlayStation 5 owners can get the game for free as part of this month’s PS Plus offerings.
The delay was beneficial for the developers since Destruction AllStars is an online competitive game, it made sense to reach the largest audience possible through PS Plus. And the delay allowed the devs more time to strengthen their network backend for the oncoming players.
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Matt T.M. Kim is a reporter for IGN.