The battle royale game addresses controversy.
Naraka: Bladepoint released one week ago today, and while the title has received its share of praise not to mention a player count nearly breaking 100,000 concurrent on Steam, there are some problems that players have brought up. Specific to this story, some feedback for Naraka pointed to the presence of bots and more specifically the fact that the player’s first match is against bots.
In a post released earlier today, 24 Entertainment confirmed the use of bots and stated that they are to help ease the player into the game. As players complete more matches, the number of bots in the match gradually decreases.
The use of bots in battle royale games to ease in new players is not new or unique to Naraka. Fortnite, PUBG, and other top games all introduce bots at varying numbers to allow newer players a chance to learn the game.
To be clear, NARAKA: BLADEPOINT does deploy AI-controlled opponents. We believe they are a useful tool for welcoming new players to the core gameplay of NARAKA: BLADEPOINT, without other, more experienced, players eliminating them early on. This way, people learning the ropes can be eased into NARAKA’s ultra-competitive environment — ideally, avoiding a frustrating first impression.