PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) adds bots on consoles for new players

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What you need to know

  • PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is a battle royale game that is still quite popular.
  • The game is getting a major update soon.
  • On consoles, matches will have some bots for new players.
  • You can purchase the battle royale game for $19 on Amazon.

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds (PUBG) is a battle royale game focused on scavenging weapons and using stealth or other tactics to be the last person alive. While the player count has dropped in recent months, it's still one of the most popular experiences out there.

Recently, the gulf between newcomers and veteran players has become extreme. Many times, new players are unable to even get a single kill before they're killed by someone who's been playing the game for years. Well, in an effort to change that, developer PUBG Corp. is adding bots on Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Joon Choi, Lead Project Manager, said the following on the game's website.

As happens with many games, we've seen the general skill level of our players grow significantly over the last three 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... systems were put in to make sure that the bots' accuracy differs based on range... we've set loot targets for our bots, so that they loot and have the appropriate items for each phase.

Hopefully, this will result in less frustration. However, I can't help but think that there are better ways to eliminate the growing rift between players of various skill levels. Only time will tell how the addition of bots is received by gamers who still play PUBG.

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Asher Madan

Asher Madan handles gaming news for Windows Central. Before joining Windows Central in 2017, Asher worked for a number of different gaming outlets. He has a background in medical science and is passionate about all forms of entertainment, cooking, and antiquing.