War Thunder disables in-game chat due to “political” concerns


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WarThunder is a multiplayer fighting game for PC and consoles where players can control tanks, ships and planes from different time periods and just get going. And like many other games of this kind –world of tanks and warships in particular – the in-game chat experience can be terrible at times.

These types of games, involving these types of vehicles and conflicts, can predictably bring out the worst in a certain breed of player, who can often be just as interested in talking shit about people’s nationality as they are in the game itself.

Due to current world events, however, a certain moderation is appropriate here as well. Gaijin Entertainment, the developers of WarThunderrecently made the decision to disable almost all in-game communication between players, both text and voice.

“We have temporarily closed our in-game chat to ensure it is not used for political discussions that may offend other players,” Gaijin said in a statement sent to motherboard. “We’ve always stayed out of politics and think it’s important that people from all over the world can have fun together in a safe space.”

Some basic communication tools remain, and members of the same group can still use voice chat, but that’s about it. And before you start wondering if this move might be a bit harsh, consider that players have customized their tanks to both support Ukrainians and Russian Armed Forces, and that one of the players motherboard spoke to said:

WarThunder Players have said that the lack of chat made the game more difficult. “It’s annoying, for example, when I see torpedoes and can’t warn the guy next to me, who’s a bit blind,” says Alex Diaz, ret war thunderr players in the US compared to motherboard. “I can’t call them filthy Russian murderers either.”

There is no word on when chat will return to the game. War Thunder disables in-game chat due to “political” concerns

Curtis Crabtree

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