Cryptic Studios is disabling cross-game chat in all of their games
Players of Cryptic's MMOs have enjoyed the ability to communicate with friends across different servers and even different games, that however is all coming to an end on March 9th as Cryptic will be disabling this feature completely across all it's titles.
The announcement cites "resources required to sustain this feature and the standard of quality we strive for across our games", which basically boil down to cost cutting.
On Monday, March 9 2020, we will stop supporting Global Chat across Cryptic games. This decision was not made lightly but was necessitated by the resources required to sustain this feature and the standard of quality we strive for across our games.
The following features will no longer be available:
• Cross game chat (including cross-game private message)
• Cross game private user-owned channels
• Cross game friend/ignore list
Cross channels that currently exist will remain within each game, with the messages staying within the shard the message originated from. For example, if you are a member of a channel on both STO and NW, you will still have the channel available in both games but only see messages that originate in the game you are currently on.
This comes a few weeks after Cryptic enabled Steam and Arc account linking for Steam players of their games.