PUBG Reduces Bot Population After Community Backlash

PUBG Corp has responded to the backlash of bots populating game modes in the recent 7.1 update.
PUBG Corp has responded to the backlash of bots populating game modes in the recent 7.1 update. / Photo courtesy of PUBG Corporation

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS developer PUBG Corp has reduced the number of bots for the top 75 percent of players across console and Stadia. This is in response to overwhelmingly negative sentiment from fans, and content creators, who have taken to sites such as YouTube to show their frustration with the decision to add bots to the game.

PUBG’s 7.1 Update went live Tuesday, April 28, and it has not been one week since the decision to include bots in Vikendi for such a change to be made. Such a turnaround has only been beaten recently by Call of Duty: Modern Warfare - Warzone, which reversed a hugely unpopular feature in their recent Season 3 update in a matter of fewer than 24 hours of being live.

In a brief statement on Reddit, devs noted that while bots for the top 75 percent of players have been reduced (not eliminated), “The lower 25% will experience a higher population, as current trends are showing a positive effect for these players.” Although whatever evidence to point to a positive effect on the lower 25 percent of skilled players has yet to be seen, it serves as a good sign that the devs are attempting to stay transparent with fans, while taking feedback seriously.

Feedback to this decision on Reddit is currently a mixture of individuals wanting bots removed completely, and those noting no real change to match-flow and pacing with them included.

Please note that this change only applies during peak hours, and any games played outside of this timeframe will revert to the initial bots population levels when update 7.1 went live last week.