I know, lots of people are sick of bot complainers. Honestly I’m mostly fine with where they’re at at the moment, but this one big issue still looms over them and makes playing with them an extremely salty experience at times. The other day I heard a patrol coming while playing solo, so immediately ran as far away as possible to try and draw the bots far enough away they don’t get any stupid ideas. I then watched as my IB bot hung around fighting a handful of slave rats for 10-20 seconds until the patrol bumped right into him. Yes I am running the bot mod with the option to make them stick closer selected. No it isn’t vaguely reliable, bots still run off to chase specials regularly, and as seen with the IB instance they also sometimes just refuse to follow you despite only minor threats in their area (also this is shield IB for christ’s sake, just walk towards me spamming push for crying out loud).
I know some people dislike the idea of better bots because they think it will hurt the QP pool, but here’s the thing; I’ve been trying to QP first and foremost with little luck. Last time I tried I could only get a single person who joined decently late into the run, then died and left. Today the only game I could find was a 200 ping twitch game which… yeah I ain’t good enough for that, not at that ping for sure. I just wanna play the damn game, but everything I do except playing in a premade at the moment is just a continuous wall of frustration.
If I’m gonna be regularly forced to play with bots, could we at least make them invisible to patrols until the patrol is aggrod? At this point it seems like that would be an easier fix than making them actually follow you properly and not run off after specials with their melee weapon out, which both FS and modders seem unable to do currently.
Seriously, player numbers are only going down further from here in all likelihood, once Darktide comes out I imagine it will be much worse still. I don’t need bots to be great players, I just need them to not make aggroing patrols their life’s mission. Can’t even use a WS bot at all she has such a penchant for flinging trueflight volleys at pats, but it seems like every bot is a Slayer in disguise looking for an (honourable?) death.