PlayerUnknown’s battleground developer, PUBG Corp, has added bots to console public matches to accommodate growth between new player skill levels and seasoned PUBG experts.
“As happens with many games, we’ve seen the general skill level of our players grow significantly over the last 3 years. While PUBG veterans continue to hone their skills and improve, we’re seeing more often that many newer players are being eliminated early with no kills – and oftentimes with no damage dealt. You’ve been telling us for a while that the widening skill gap is creating a more and more challenging environment for some of our players and we’re now ready to talk about our plan to help this.
In an effort to provide more ways for players to hone their skills and be able to fully enjoy what PUBG has to offer, we’ve decided to introduce bots with Update 7.1. Bots can have both positive or negative effects on a game depending on how well it is programmed, so let’s go over some of the things we’ve been considering when programming these artificial aggressors.” lead project manager Joon H. Choi explained in a blog post posted on PUBG.com.
Choi continued to elaborate on the three main settings of the PUBG team that we considered when building the console bot: movement, shooting, and route details, including careful placement of the navigation mesh across the map.
A “carefully balanced” shooting system allows players to use real fraud to avoid fire, and securing bots involves finding, plundering, and arming the most appropriate gear in each phase of the game.
Choi also certified that this was just the first iteration of a PUBG bot on the console. The bot will be monitored for improvements over the coming months. Experienced players with a high matchmaking rating are less likely to encounter bots in the game.
Competitive ranked PUBG does not feature bots. The bots that work to lower barriers to entry into innovative styles are already part of PUBG’s mobile capabilities and were added to Battle Royal’s rival Fortnite in the October 2019 update.