Since Destruction AllStars released for PlayStation 5 a full 72 hours ago, the game has been plagued by reported cases of verbal harassment, exacerbated by a voice chat turned on by default. Today, developer Lucid Games released a solution that turns the standard chat “off”.
Hotfix 1.2.2 “Disables multiplayer voice communication in the lobby by default for all players,” according to a chirping from the developer. Lucid Games also writes that it “is actively working on long-term improvements to the voice communication system.”
Right afterwards Destruction AllStars went live, took players to social media to share instances of racial mockery, sexism, homophobia and other intolerant speech. One reviewer wrote that they heard an all-right podcast.
While disgusting and excusable, languages like this are unfortunately part of the online gaming package. It’s just that they generally come up with tools to combat it. To get a jerk to shut up Destruction AllStars, do you have to rely on system-level solutions in PS5 settings and menus. There is no way in the game to mute individual players or disable voice chat completely. The group chat for Destruction AllStars was forwarded through the thin speaker on the front of the DualSense controller, so you could mute the TV and still be exposed to languages you do not want any part of.
After today’s quick fix, you will not hear any players through your speaker. Lifts up DestructionActivity cards – these system level inputs on PS5 – no longer show one for “Voice Chat | Destruction AllStars. “In my matches, it seemed that the public voice chat has not been turned off for the time being. (The opportunity to create your own party is still present.)
While it is confusing that such a design choice was implemented in the first place, it is great to see developers take such quick, decisive action to solve a pervasive problem.