SO....as I've stated in a few other threads, we will be moving soon form our long-standing teamspeak server to a brand spanking new VOIP service called DISCORD.
Discord is a (relatively) new service that will get us MUCH more flexibility that Teamspeak (or Vent, for that matter). In fact, not only should it give us far superior service over Teamspeak in terms of voice quality, latency, and (ever expanding) features, but it will allow us (via a very robust API) to turn our coders loose on creating some really cool custom stuff in the future.
Here is a feature comparison side-by-side:
For those of you who don't know anything about it, here's a recent video on the improvements they've recently made:
...those improvements alone - especially the ability for the system to automatically move our entire server to a different location in the event of a DDOS or other network issues, is HUGE.
Our plan is to integrate Discord with our site to automate just about everything with the system - to include automatically generating invites to the server/associating your Discord account with your NH forums account (and automatically assigning the correct permissions according to your rank here).
Once we're done, you'll be able to instantly see who's online on the server, as well as what game they're playing.
Even better, since there are already full-featured (free) Android and iOS apps ready to go, you'll be able to keep in touch via voice or text chat anywhere.
Down the road....
Further down the road, we'll be incorporating other integrations, such as integrating tightly with our game servers, and possibly consolidating our forum chat with Discord chat, so that our community can have one unified chat service that can work across every thing we support.
We're still setting up and testing everything, so it may be 1-2 weeks or so before we go "live". Obviously, the key here is to incorporate a system that is as bug-free as possible, but which allows the site to stay as fast as it already is.