Battlefield 2042 will fill multiplayer servers with up to 64 AI bots, and they can’t be turned off

Battlefield 2042 will use AI bots to fill multiplayer servers, DICE has confirmed, with up to 64 AI characters joining its huge 128-player Conquest and Breakthrough game modes to make up for when there are not enough human players. DICE do not plan to let this option be turned off in the game.

The AI capability was already discussed back at the Battlefield 2042 reveal – see here for everything you need to know about Battlefield 2042 – but we did not know the full extent to which DICE would be populating servers. That has now been stated to be up to 64 AI soldiers. It’s this capability that will also enable a form of single player or co-op play for those that do not want to play the full multiplayer modes, as Battlefield 2042 will not feature a traditional single player campaign to play through.


This decision should help keep even nearly empty servers feeling full – of course, we’ve seen with games like PUBG that AI combatants aren’t guaranteed to be particularly smart, though these soldiers will be equipped just as well as you are, instead of being fodder like in Titanfall.  As player counts do go up, human players joining the game will always be prioritised of AI, and you could certainly play on servers where all 128 slots are filled with real people.

Battlefield 2042 Helicopter

All of these players might be AI bots…

128-player modes will be supported on PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X|S and PC with some of the biggest maps ever created for the series, while the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions of the game will be limited to 64 players. Either way, you’ll have the same maps to play across (albeit cut down in size for the last generation consoles), and you’ll be playing with the new character-based Specialists, instead of the series’ more traditional character classes.

So far DICE has only revealed two game modes from Battlefield 2042’s ‘All-Out Warfare’ gameplay experience. Further game modes will be announced and revealed in the coming months. Hazard Zone, a new high-stakes game type that is categorically not a battle royale, while a third experience developed by DICE LA that will be revealed at EA Play Live in July, which is rumoured to be a grand mash up of previous games in the series.

Source: The Verge

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  1. I like this idea. Quit the last few Battlefield games because the modes / dlc I wanted to play wouldn’t have enough players in the servers.

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