Blizzard has decided to take the issue related to the alleged toxicity of Overwatch 2 very seriously. After several complaints made by the community in recent months, the Californian studio has in fact implemented a real system of voice chat recordingaimed at tackling abuse within the game.
This feature, introduced with the mid-season patch released on November 17, will allow an automated system to transcribe the content of conversations with players outside your own party, in order to be able to check the content of any reports and monitor the behavior of the community. Below are the official statements released by Blizzard regarding this system:
“After opening voice chat in a game session for the first time, players will be notified that conversations may be being recorded. To maximize the effectiveness of this feature, make sure to report any misconduct as soon as possible. following the report, a temporary audio recording will be used to create a text transcript through speech-to-text programs”.
“No one will listen to the temporary audio recordings, which will be quickly deleted after transcription. Transcriptions are made only for reports of disruptive behavior in public voice channels – group chat is excluded.”
According to the words of the developers, In short, players run no risk of their privacy being violated, provided you maintain a correct and respectful behavior during the games. Among other things, Blizzard itself has added that this function, at least for the moment, will only apply to PC players in some regions.
The latest changes introduced with the mid-season patch also led to the reintroduction of aim assist in Overwatch 2. This feature, available exclusively on consoles, was originally removed due to complaints from users on other platformsbut Blizzard felt it was appropriate to restore it in order not to create too large a gap, in terms of skills, between community members.