Battlefield 2042, coming this fall, will feature the biggest skirmishes in the series yet; its “All-Out Warfare” modes can accommodate 128 simultaneous players in a single match on PS5, Xbox Series X and PC. But you won’t always have 128 humans in each match – EA will fill those servers with bots to keep games filled, company confirms at The edge, and there are currently no plans to let you disable this option.
Humans will take precedence, so you might never meet an AI soldier at peak game hours – and if you really hate bots, there are other modes you can play. But the main event allows up to 64 “AI soldiers” to help complete a game, depending on your region, platform, and how many actual humans are available to join. This applies to both Conquest and Breakthrough modes.
It’s certainly a polarizing move, but I think it could be a smart move, given the alternatives. It’s risky to build a game around 128 simultaneous players (64 players on PS4 and Xbox One), when you never know how long your multiplayer game will be able to keep users up. I wish EA had proficient robots in 2014 when they released the original Fall of the Titans, a 6v6 game that died far too soon because of all the ways it divided its playerbase (on Xbox and PC, between game modes and with uncertain matchmaking), and it didn’t take long to that my friends and I couldn’t find a PC match at all.
MAG, a PS3 game that supported 256-player battles in 2010, actually inspired a petition for add bots in the game. And EAs Star Wars Battlefront reboots used bots alongside players to improve particular modes.
(I also wonder if Battlefield in particular could be a better game with particularly smart and loyal bots? Played properly as a team, this is one of my favorite gaming experiences, but I’ve seen so many games derailed by players who seem to like repeatedly crashing into the ground.)
- We don’t know yet if Battlefield 2042 ′bots will be any good, of course, and it will all depend on that. I certainly couldn’t tolerate the ones that appeared in PUBG, which have since been said to have been toned down. EA’s bots could also be a work in progress: “The game is still in development and the use of AI will be adjusted as player data arrives,” the company notes.
EA says it should have more information on how the new bots work soon. If you like them, you can see more if you want: while Battlefield 2042 won’t have a single player campaign, you will be able to play any map and any game mode in single player against a team of bots, or bring your friends into battle in co-op.