Valve has released a new update for Team Fortress 2. The update gives hope for the future of TF2, but will not immediately solve the big bot problem.
The update removed some bugs and exploits. Most of them had nothing to do with bots, by the way. A bug that is now gone has been in the game for years. The now-removed bug caused the kill cams and stat screens to appear at random with an incorrect name.
The bugs that Valve fixed were annoying, but didn’t make the game unplayable. These kinds of updates are nice, but will not really solve the major problems.
Still, there are a number of fans who dare to be optimistic for the future. This is mainly due to an adjustment to the voting system. Previously, only one player could be voted from a game. This made removing multiple bots very slow. Often the removed bots were also replaced by new ones. From now on, three players can be voted out.
Valve has also removed the option to change your name during a game. Many bots used this feature to change their names to those of players in the same lobby. As a result, it sometimes happened that not the bot, but an innocent player was voted out.
on reddit did someone notice that player numbers have dropped significantly since the update. This could indicate a temporary fix to the number of bots, but according to another Reddit user, many systems of the bots no longer work with a new update. According to him, the bots will return after a few days. In previous updates this also happened.
Incidentally, it is the first time that Valve has solved the problem of the bots publicly acknowledged.
The Team Fortress 2 community can have long since stopped appreciating the current state of the game. The servers have had a huge bot problem for years full of spam messages, snipers that can’t miss and even bots that crash the entire server.
The community seems happy with the updatebut also recognizes that a major update is eventually needed. We don’t know yet if Valve has further updates in the works. The company ultimately remains infamous for their long silences and unclear priorities.