was this an intended part of the update> because if so than i'm not impressed. everytime I try to join a match while in a party with my friend it says i cannot play online unless i'm in the game chat channel, meaning I have to talk to everyone in the game. then it asks if i want to switch channe now. if i say no, it kicks me from the online match. If this was intended than I don't see why i can't chat to my friends only when playing online with them. that makes the whole concept of party chat pointless.
and this isn't just the new face off mode, this is the old game modes as well.