Housemarque CEO and co-founder Ilari Kuittinen writes on the EU PlayStation Blog that the zombie-filled, twin-stick shooter will be updated with the voice chat feature “soon,”. He said that the Online multiplayer sessions in Dead Nation’s upcoming patch that will add voice chat to the PlayStation Network game. Housemarque has released a statement that will quell your zombie fears soon enough.
“We know some of you are frustrated by the lack of voice chat support in Dead Nation’s online co-op mode. We realize many players have been very eager to join up and start taking care of the zombie nation and we greatly appreciate the continued support. Therefore, the team is currently working on the addition of voice chat capability and hope to introduce it as quickly as possible.”
“In the meantime, we’re keen to get as much feedback on the game as possible so we can further improve what we think is a great zombie game. We’ll be sure to keep everyone posted via the PlayStation.Blog and our Dead Nation Facebook page on when they can expect the voice chat update. We at Housemarque put our hearts and souls into the development of our games with the goal in mind to create thrilling gaming moments for players, so our hope is that everyone enjoys the finished product.”
While Kuittinen admits in his post that the lack of voice chat is “a major issue for some players,” he goes on to say, “we think that releasing Dead Nation has been the right decision as the game is still great fun.” We’d have to agree with that last part — about it being great fun — but have to wonder how much shipping without such a integral element to online co-op was worth compared to missing out on holiday sales.
Housemarque hasn’t nailed down a release date for the update just yet, so you may want to hold off a bit before you invest too much time into the multiplayer.