Spectating is not something new to the game with the Definitive Edition. HD and Voobly/UserPatch both had Spectating in the game. DE however does not display any of the chat between players when spectating a live game. HD and Voobly/UserPatch did not have this limitation. Why would a feature from a previous release of the game be excluded in the Definitive Edition? It doesn’t make sense.
Without the in-game chat we lose a lot of information. Whether its why a game stopped (maybe someone had to pause) or crazy Diplomacy game negotiations, or many other things we are missing A LOT.
T90Official one of the bigger content creators for the game used to host a semi-regular event called Regicide Rumble. Without Spectator Chat this event is almost never going to happen because we will never see any of the diplomacy. The diplomacy is what made the games so much more entertaining. Sure you could argue we could use recorded games but those events were always live plus it is harder to avoid spoilers when a game has already occurred.
Please fix spectating and add chat to it!