Valve continues to low-key preserve Crew Fortress 2, however it stays one of many greatest video games on Steam regardless—as I am penning this, simply over 75,000 persons are taking part in. Not dangerous for a 15 year-old title, and the Crew Fortress 2 neighborhood is aware of two issues: it loves their sport, and it hates bots.
A current Youtube video (opens in new tab) in regards to the bots attracted widespread consideration from a bunch of gamers which have had sufficient of the bot problem. The fallout from this was that many, many emails have been despatched to members of the press and, presumably, Valve itself. It was fairly ironic to be on the receiving finish of people performing like bots to complain about bots.
PCG did contact Valve in regards to the problem a number of weeks in the past, however TF2’s developer did not need to say something. It nonetheless hasn’t, actually, however has at the very least issued one thing of a holding assertion, assuring gamers that it sees the scale of the issue and is “working to enhance issues.”
TF2 neighborhood, we hear you! We love this sport and know you do, too. We see how massive this problem has turn out to be and are working to enhance issues.May 26, 2022
Whether or not this manifests into something significant stays to be seen—there are some who suppose that TF2’s bot drawback is too fundamental to ever be fully ‘fixed’ (opens in new tab), however at the very least Valve’s dedicated to having one other crack at it. It additionally must be mentioned that the accusations of it abandoning the sport are exaggerated. The last major anti-bot patch was in July last year (opens in new tab) (after which the sport hit its all-time participant excessive), and the sport continues to obtain upkeep updates regularly.
TF2 is arguably the single most influential shooter of the 21st century so far, and stays a cracking sport. The botting drawback it faces is one thing of a consequence of its personal success: it is a beautiful and juicy goal, with an in-game economic system that also issues to an enormous quantity of individuals. Who is aware of whether or not Valve can actually repair this problem, however at the very least the followers know it is paying consideration now.