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PUBG's terrifying bots have been toned back down

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PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has released an emergency hotfix (opens in new tab) to tone down the battle royale's killer robot problem.

Last month, PUBG's 12.1 update arrived with a few changes aimed at making the game's hapless bots a little more formidable. But those upgrades may have worked a little too well, with PUBG's warzones now supposedly plagued by laser-accurate aimbots.

Clips shared across Reddit (opens in new tab) and Twitter show bots with absolutely frightening reaction times and accuracy, the kind of thing that'd have you immediately slamming the report button were it a human player. From wallhacks to aimbots, these AI players seem to have the whole package (opens in new tab).

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This week's patch doesn't revert bots back to their pre 12.1 state entirely. Instead, bots have had their firing accuracy vastly reduced when shooting players, killed their reaction times, and forced them to only use full-auto firing modes at close distance.

"In response to recent player feedback, we have deployed an update with additional changes to the bot balance adjustments applied in Update 12.1; reducing the overall strength and effectiveness of bots when engaged in combat against players," wrote PUBG Corp. "We are closely monitoring player sentiment related to bots and will make additional changes if needed."

This week's update also fixes a few map issues on Miramar, following that map's sweeping visual overhaul (opens in new tab). PUBG has more maps planned for the rest of the year, one of which will finally bring respawns into Brendan's battlegrounds.

Natalie Clayton
Natalie Clayton

20 years ago, Nat played Jet Set Radio Future for the first time, and she's not stopped thinking about games since. Joining PC Gamer in 2020, she comes from three years of freelance reporting at Rock Paper Shotgun, Waypoint, VG247 and more. Embedded in the European indie scene and a part-time game developer herself, Nat is always looking for a new curiosity to scream about—whether it's the next best indie darling, or simply someone modding a Scotmid into Black Mesa. She also unofficially appears in Apex Legends under the pseudonym Horizon.