Yesterday, Valve launched a brand new replace for Staff Fortress 2 that fixes and tweaks a number of issues, however many gamers are most excited concerning the modifications to how voting and usernames work, hopeful they’ll make it simpler to fight all of the annoying bots that proceed to plague the multiplayer, class-based shooter.
On June 21, Valve pushed out the brand new replace for Staff Fortress 2 on PC by way of Steam. TF2 first got here out manner again in 2007, and is among the firm’s most profitable and widespread video games. In recent times it’s additionally had severe issues with bots, which you’ve in all probability examine in case you’ve been hangin’ round Kotaku. And whereas this new replace gained’t repair the general bot drawback, it’s not less than giving gamers extra methods to struggle again.
Particularly, as famous within the replace’s patch notes, Valve is remodeling how voting to kick problematic gamers works. Beforehand, you would solely have one vote going at a time. Now, a number of kick votes, each team-specific and world, will be in course of on the identical time. Valve additionally fastened an exploit that permit gamers or bots change their in-game title throughout a match, which was typically utilized by bots to make it tougher to detect who was actual and who was a unclean, loathsome AI.
In concept, these modifications ought to permit human gamers to extra rapidly and effectively take away bots, which has Redditors and the like celebrating. Nevertheless, they might theoretically result in bot-filled servers with the ability to kick human gamers even sooner, too. In fact, bot-majority servers suck to play on anyway, so most gamers simply bounce from bot-filled matches as an alternative of sticking round to struggle.
Kotaku’s contacted Valve concerning the new replace and requested about any future plans the Half-Life creator has to proceed cleansing up TF2.
Staff Fortress 2’s energetic neighborhood is understandably fed up with the annoying bot infestation of the previous couple of years. Just lately, many gamers started protesting by way of e mail and different strategies in an try and get Valve’s consideration. Whereas some have criticized how the playerbase went about its digital protest, the continued clamor did ultimately result in Valve and the TF2 group acknowledging the ongoing bot issue.
Whereas this replace is a optimistic step ahead, it would take much more than this to squash TF2’s endemic bot points. Hopefully for the TF2 neighborhood’s sake Valve has extra updates and cures within the works.