Warzone devs finally respond to theory that bots are part of BR

Warzone devs finally respond to theory that bots are part of BR
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Written by 

Alex Garton


29th Mar 2024 14:35

Since Warzone's inception, the community has been circulating theories that bots are inserted into battle royale lobbies.

Whether it's to reach the player cap for a match or to give inexperienced competitors more of a chance of getting a few kills - there are countless reasons why it's become such a prominent rumour.

Not only that, clips of enemies walking around in a suspiciously robotic manner have led to even more speculation that not everyone in Warzone games is real.

Well, the devs have addressed the bot theory once and for all - which may have finally put this topic to bed after so much discussion. 

Warzone devs debunk theory that bots are in Battle Royale

Call of Duty Season 3 Operator
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In the Season 3 blog post, while discussing the new Bootcamp mode (which does include bots - just in a separate mode) the devs decided to address the speculation that AI foes are part of standard BR matches.

According to them, "Warzone Bootcamp is the only mode for Call of Duty: Warzone featuring bots" and if "this changes in the future, we’ll ensure the community is informed ahead of time."

This confirms that AI enemies were never snuck into the lobbies without the community being told about their presence.

Why are there suspicious clips of robotic Warzone enemies?

BlackCell Operator
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As for the clips of suspicious players walking around robotically, they were likely just new or inexperienced competitors who were learning the ropes. Everyone starts somewhere and getting to grips with the controls can be tough.

It's also possible these players were facing wifi or hardware issues, but the true reason will likely remain a mystery. One silver lining is that the new Bootcamp mode will give new recruits in Warzone somewhere to hone their skills outside standard matches.

This should make it less common to see an Operator sprinting into a wall or dying from fall damage with their parachute. However, one thing is for sure: the devs haven't added any bots to standard battle royale.

Alex is a Senior Writer at GGRecon. With a BA (Hons) in English, he has previously written for Dexerto & Gfinity. Specialising in Call of Duty & Apex Legends, he loves (attempting) to improve his aim in competitive shooters and will always make time for a single-player RPG.

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