Call of Duty’s new Bootcamp mode actually encourages bots

Call of Duty’s new Bootcamp mode actually encourages bots
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Written by 

Joseph Kime


29th Mar 2024 14:20

Bots in Call of Duty have been a hot topic for years. Once upon a time, frustrations lay in the bots of a closed multiplayer match being too easy or too tough with little between, but now, the problem is much bigger.

Players continue to resist the idea of introducing enemy AI players to Warzone, claiming that it strips away the core experience of the game in a bid to welcome new players without putting too much on the line.

And now, it looks like those line-holders are in for bad news because Call of Duty is intentionally adding bots to the franchise. Don't worry, it's all to give novice players a chance to play the game without getting beamed the moment they touch down.

Warzone introduces new Bootcamp training mode

Players prepare to drop in the new Warzone mode bootcamp.
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Call of Duty has announced that it will be introducing a brand-new mode to Warzone when it finally launches Season 3 on April 3.

The new mode is called Bootcamp and is a version of the existing game that allows quad squads to face off against a maximum of 20 players and 24 bots. It'll drop you in a random location somewhere on the Urzikstan map and ask you to fight against the rest of the lobby. It's pretty simple, really.

The mode stands in defiance of what a lot of gatekeepers think would be a negative addition to the game, with many believing that newbies should learn in a trial by fire as they did - but if it's any consolation, bootcampers won't reap the same rewards as the core game in Bootcamp.

Bootcamp offers limited progression

Players fight from the back of a helicopter in Warzone.
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To compensate for the potentially simpler gameplay and expected exploitation, players won't earn player, weapon, and battle XP in the same way that they would in the core game of Warzone. Progression is stripped back, with weekly challenges and calling card challenges impossible to top up with XP earned in Bootcamp.

Bootcamp is exactly what it says on the tin, serving as a chance for newer players to get to know how the game works. It seems simple enough, though some might add that a mode like this has some coddling ramifications for the game at large. That's fine, gatekeepers. You can just not play it. Easy.

Joseph Kime is the Senior Trending News Journalist for GGRecon from Devon, UK. Before graduating from MarJon University with a degree in Journalism, he started writing music reviews for his own website before writing for the likes of FANDOM, Zavvi and The Digital Fix. He is host of the Big Screen Book Club podcast, and author of Building A Universe, a book that chronicles the history of superhero movies. His favourite games include DOOM (2016), Celeste and Pokemon Emerald.

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