Star Wars: TOR to feature cross faction local chat
Users of opposing factions will be able to chat to one another in local chat in Star Wars: The Old Republic, with cross-faction chat confirmed by lead combat designer, Georg Zoeller.
Zoeller mentioned in a post at the official forums of Star Wars: The Old Republic:
“As discussed at SDCC, the decision was made to separate the general chat channels by faction. However, this decision ONLY affects the planet-wide chat channels such as “General Chat.” If you’re standing next to another player (local chat), you can talk to them regardless of what faction you’re part of.
“The only thing we removed, as already mentioned at Comic-Con, was the ability to communicate with the opposing faction across the entirety of a planet to avoid the issues (like griefing, abuse, and other factors which led to a very unpleasant experience) which we saw way too often in testing”