According to Bioware, adding a text chat into the game comes along with all sorts of additional requirements and difficulties. A user of Reddit has asked if players can expect the usual text chat channels like zone, clan, etc. to be featured in Anthem. The answer of Brenon Holmes, the creative director of the game, had been incredibly surprising:
The main challenge is that there are a bunch of additional accessibility options that we are required to implement. This increases the cost of these sorts of features.
As an example I’m pretty sure one of the things we need to support is TTS for any in game text based chat.
This sort of thing unfortunately complicates what might normally be an easier feature… Right now we’re still figuring out what is feasible to do. 😊
Other things you should not expect from Anthem are crossplay and Battle Royale mode.
No plans for crossplay at launch https://t.co/jTEldYV7Vr
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) 22 June 2018
— Mark Darrah (@BioMarkDarrah) 14 June 2018
Anthem is developed by BioWare and will be available worldwide February 22 for Origin for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Origin Access Premier members can be the first to play the full game with unlimited access on PC starting February 15, and EA Access and Origin Access Basic members can enjoy up to 10 hours of play time as part of the Play First Trial.
You can find out more by visiting the official site.