I disagree with this change as I think it kind of defeats the purpose of local chat?
It's a good change for people in the plaza going "who are you talking to?" to the guy talking to someone using local chat, but that's it.
It just defeats the point that it's a LOCAL chat, private for that Gameworld, Condo, (maybe even plaza locations?)
Still the rest of the changes are really cool and I'm glad these updates are coming along swiftly.