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DICE has assured fans that it'll be "really hard" to spot the bots in Battlefield 2042. Fans have been a little concerned at the prospect of AI fighters in the upcoming shooter, but it definitely sounds as if they'll be entirely non-intrusive.
Last month, DICE explained that bots will be in the game to make sure servers are always full so players aren't waiting ages to get into matches. The shooter will support up to 128 players on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series consoles and PC, while PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions will support 64 players. With such large matches, the developer just wants to ensure the game keeps moving.
Take a look at the gameplay trailer for Battlefield 2042 below, just in case you somehow missed it during all the E3 hype.
"As a multiplayer-only experience, it's important for us to let you play Battlefield 2042 when and how you want," DICE said. This means bots will be used to fill servers when needed, "ensuring your matches remain full, no matter your location."
Now, DICE has promised that it'll be incredibly difficult for players to even notice when a bot is playing with them. Speaking to VG247, senior design director Justin Wiebe spoke to the concerns fans may have about AI allies and enemies.
"We've tried to put a lot of effort into making them play just like a player would," Wiebe explained. "So it would be really hard for people to tell the difference between an AI and a real human player because they will run around, they will drive vehicles, they will pick each other up, they will drop [each other] off at objective locations and things like that - it's a very intelligent system. And then you can tweak and tune some of the things they are and aren't allowed to do, including how difficult they are to play against."
Battlefield 2042 launches October 22 on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X/S, PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.