According to reports from Electronic Arts (EA), Battlefield 2042 will use bots to fill 128-player matches. The game was announced earlier this month with game engine footage showing various multiplayer modes. EA says Battlefield 2042 will have the largest maps and scale, allowing up to 128 players to play in certain modes on PC, Xbox Series X / S consoles and PlayStation 5. Now it looks like not all of the 128 players will be real players. Instead, the game will use bots to fill the server.
The Battlefield 2042 trailer that opened a couple of weeks ago showed off some of the new mechanics that will be featured in the franchise, as well as the scale of the game. For the first time in Battlefield, Conquest and Breakthrough will feature up to 128 players on PC, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and PlayStation 5. But it looks like not all 128 will always be real players. EA reportedly told The Verge that Battlefield 2042 will use AI bots to populate servers up to 128 participants.
Of course, people will have priority, which means that if 128 players can join the game in Battlefield 2042, there will be no bots. But it is likely that not the entire game will have 128 players willing to join, and in such cases, the remaining slots will be filled with AI bots. There can be up to 64 bots in the game, depending on the region, platform and the number of human players available. EA also reports that players can try out other modes that don’t have bots if they prefer not to bump into AI players in games.
This can be disappointing news for some players who would rather have fewer real players than a full server with some bots. The report cites EA: “AI usage will adjust as player data becomes available,” suggesting AI bots will become smarter and more competent as more and more real players play the game. There is currently no option to disable bots and the company is expected to share more information on this soon.
The Battlefield 2042 gameplay trailer aired on June 13, and showed preliminary alphas of gameplay on select maps covering ground and air vehicles, weapon customization, tornadoes, and more. The game has already been submitted for pre-order, and those who do will have access to an early open beta. It will be released on October 22 on PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, Xbox Series X / S, Xbox One and PC.