To me... going back to 5v5 is a step backwards and ruins my game experience.
Although it is true that bots are better than some players, they are pretty silly when compared to veteran/elite players.
I'd ALSO like to add that before this change, the PS4 server que times were very low and there were very few bots. so this change has defeinately made things worse for us!!!
(you know, the neglected and overlooked majority of the player base, on the server that was called a "moderate success" by gaming outlets???)
I think this is because the bot ships have module builds that an AI lacks the strategy and nuance to fly appropriately!
Expecially corvette bots. However, the Tac and Arty bots are actually decent!
my solution is not to "reinvent" the AI programming, (since we have little RnD funding) but instead, change the AI ships module builds to much more simplistic builds that are straight foward and compliment the human players!
The bots are notorious for not being able to handle movement mods and jumping without goofing it up!
especially modules like warp jump, after burner, blink warp, and tac target jump!
Instead replace these kinds of maneuver mods with armor amp mods.
Bots lack the startegy, timing and nuance to use status effect modules! (especially corvettes and arty)
Therefore, replace these modules with damage modules!
Also: bots with goliath torpedos BLOWING THEMSELVES UP!!! LOL!!!
Here are some basic bot builds for each class that would probably drastically increase bot performance and help human team members!
Medium Cloak (or light), Torpedo Salvo, Blast Pulse, Armor Amp.
Artillery pod, Flachettes, Repair auto beams, Armor amp.
Tempest missiles, Flachettes, Weapon booster pulse (or h3ll lazers), Energy Generator.
Bomb Catapault, Flachettes, Anti missile pulse, Armor AMp.
Nuke, Vulture missiles (or light), Armor booster pulse, Armor Amp.
With these kinds of builds the AI can be effective at supporting human players and not do annoying things like blink warp to the edge of the map and get stuck, firing drain missiles at a distant corvette while they are shooting at a dreadnought, target warp to the same spot they were at before, senslessly after burner into walls, or BLOWING THEMSELVES UP WITH THIER OWN GOLIATH!!!!
whatever problems there are in 8v8, will be amplified and exasserbated in 5v5, as well as making matches less fun and longer to resolve!
If it is inevitable that there will be more bots in our matches, lets give the bots the proper tools to be effective fighters, and not such a burden to human players!!
thanks... and i'll see you soon in Sinley bay!