Anyone who has tried to fly T4 and T5 will be familiar with 3v3 or 4v4 matches. More often than not, these include bots.
Having suffered through a really xxxx Detonation, plus several utterly xxxx SQ matches, I’ve realised what this desperately needs; a total overhaul.
Up Minimum Game Size to 6 Ships!
If needs be, add Bots. However, this game is simply not designed for 2v2 or 3v3 gameplay. 5v5 could work in a pinch, but the absolute minimum for a decent game is 6v6. Even then, it is far from ideal. Any lower and you’ll usually get curb-stomp battles.
The issue there, of course, is that the system for equipping and instancing Bots is xxxx awful. Thus, the Bot improvements:
Bots are of equal tier and equipment levels to the strongest ship in the game!
If one side has a Rank 15 with all purples, then every single bot will be Rank 15 with all purple gear. This change is to make Bots actually dangerous. In my last match I was under near constant attack by an enemy Bot - an Anaconda - and I did not care. My ship was T4 with Mk III healing modules and I could tank the bots damage without noticing. That bot was too weak to do anything in that game. The problem for me was that my bots were no stronger, and I was facing a rank 14 Guard with more synergy than my R11 Engineer… so you can imagine how little they accomplished.
Bots need to carry bombs!
Or, to give a broader definition, Bots need to complete objectives. The bot match I fought could have been won in mere minutes had my Bot allies picked up the bomb, or even acknowledged the bomb existed. They don’t complete objectives, and their tactics are often bizarre and random. Which leads us to…
Bots must obey pings!
In a real game, I can ping a target I need dead, or something that I need my team to focus on. In a Bot match you might as well have invited Tier 1 to a Tier 5 match for all the good they’ll do. No, scratch that; most T1 pilots are more useful at completing objectives than your average Bot.
Some form of functionality is needed to make these things useful. Otherwise, why even bother putting them into the game? You may as well remove them and just have 1v1 matches…