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Dead by Daylight is saying yes to more bots, but the players are screaming no

Lara Croft 06 will carry me to victory.

Bots have been a part of the game for a while, replacing any players that disconnect during a match. However, with the latest PTB update, DBD is adding bots to replace those who DC during the loading screen, and players are not happy.

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At first glance, this might seem like a good idea since you don't have to wait in a queue for a lobby again, but that's about the only benefit. Most people on the AverageNOEDuser (love the name) Reddit post agree that they would much rather wait for another match than play with a bot.

This feature feels more like a punishment to the people who stay in the match. I can already guess the number of people that will be disconnecting from a trial the moment they load in and see the bot names, which are easily recognizable by their generic names.

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That is not to say that the bots aren't helpful. They can be, they'll heal, repair gens, flashlight blind the Killer, etc. However, they will make some pretty basic mistakes. The bot in my game came to my aid during the first chase, ending up with both of us hurt instead of only me while I tried to take up the Killer's time.

I was on the PTB just testing out the new Survivor Lara Croft and her perks, so I didn't really mind that much, but I would definitely mind if I started the game with two bots on the live version. This doesn't do any benefits to the Killers either, as some mention they play the game to chase people, not bots.

Players are also saying that they would be okay with this, so long as the person who disconnects gets a big DC penalty. I would agree with this if I didn't know how many times Dead by Daylight randomly disconnects players from loading screens.

Since you can't tell if a player disconnected on purpose or the game decided to kick them out, it would be pretty unfair just to punish everyone with a bigger penalty.

Overall, it just feels like a downgrade instead of an upgrade to matchmaking. Behaviour Interactive will hopefully see the displeasure of the fans and revert this change after the PTB ends, or we're in for a DC fest once the update rolls around.

If you want to know the best way to play a Survivor in a trial, check out the Best Survivor Builds in Dead by Daylight on Pro Game Guides.

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Hristina Matić
Hristina has been a full-time Staff Writer at Pro Game Guides since October 2023. She has a Master's degree in English Language, Literature and Culture from the University of Belgrade. She's used her love of English to write blogs, anime quizzes, books as well as work as a Content Editor before starting at PGG. She lives for the horror genre and you'll often find her playing Dead by Daylight, Lethal Company, and Phasmophobia. Hristina's comfort games are Outlast, Last of Us, and Until Dawn, which she has played or watched other people play more than 10 times each.

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