I don't know about you guys, but the bots disguised as players are just... annoying. It would be much more colorful and exiting if the bots took the form of stronger and more diverse NPCs, like bigger and smarter goblins, yetis, or ogres/trolls. This could also lead into some PVE that everyone is requesting (goblin survival, etc.).
I'm not going to elaborate because this is a question about player bots, but in my opinion, they're more of a hassle than anything else. If team balancing gets to be too bad, just force autobalance. If anything, a bot on your team is a hindrance (they feed enemies health, stamina, and bones more than they do damage).
But IF the bots were replaced by cooler NPCs, it would add a whole new flavor and exiting kick to the Wilds game, and it would make PVE easier to implement.
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