Current-gen consoles received some crazy news during DICE’s official reveal of Battlefield 2042. Lobbies can now reach up to 128 players for next-gen. However, since this would require a consistent high player count–and because this is not a guarantee–DICE has come up with plan. Bots… a lot of bots.
According to a post on EA’s website, Battlefield 2042 will keep servers packed with AI fighters. This isn’t a guarantee that you’ll duke it out with bots in every match. The post states these AI soldier will be used for server-filling capabilities, ensuring your matches remain full, no matter your location.” So, if your server can’t be filled with 128 real players, bots will step in to fill the gaps.
It’s worth mentioning that last-gen console players are unlikely to see as many bots, because of lower player counts. The PS4 and Xbox One will only support matches of up to 64 players.
The inclusion of AI soldiers is something that players are more likely to deal with when a majority of the player base has moved on to other games. This applies to anyone who is playing Battlefield 2042 in the early hours of the morning during the week or when dips in player count could cause bots to fill lobbies.