PUBG Now Has Bots in Public Matches on Xbox One and PS4

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PlayerUnknown’ Battlegrounds has become a game that take time and skill to get good at. With player complaining that the game has become more sluggish in movement but the best gun fighting mechanics overall, the game is a difficult game to get in to.

Now to shrink that gap between getting involved and getting good, PUBG’s developer PUBG Corp is adding bots to public matches on console. They believe this can address the divide between new players and PUBG veterans.

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Lead project manager, Joon H. Choi explained in a blog post, “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,”

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“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.”

“In a way that prevents bots from throwing themselves off of a cliff”, Choi explained that the team have carefully laid out navigation meshes across the entire map. A “carefully balanced” shooting system to allow player to avoid fire using authentic evasive action. Also making sire the bots concentrate on seeking out, looting and arming themselves with the appropriate gear during each phase.

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“We hope that introducing bots will help players get more shooting practice and kills, a higher average survival time, and maybe even that first exciting chicken dinner. Basically, the full battle royale experience.”

Going forward, Choi ensured players that this is the first version of the system and will be monitored and improved upon over the coming months.

As for more experienced players, you will find it harder to encounter bots in game. Competitive and ranked PUBG will not feature bots.