Vermintide 2 screenshot of the Outcast Engineer with a minigun

[Update]: Vermintide 2's Chaos Wastes expansion will be launching this April 2021 on PC!

While Vermintide 2 is one of those games that gets immensely more enjoyable alongside a couple of friends, there is still a sizable number of people that primarily play it alongside AI companions. So in order to make their experience a lot more pleasant, as well as prepare things for the upcoming Chaos Wastes expansion, Fatshark has now unleashed a whole assortment of bot AI updates.

First and foremost, bots will now use healing items only when they are under 40% health, while also being more likely to give their healing items to players in need. This alone should make a sizable difference as previously bots would be a massive drain on the group's healing supplies, which as you might imagine, isn't exactly ideal when you're trying to guide them through the harder difficulties.

The bots will now also fire certain ranged weapons faster, focus on special enemies and disablers whenever possible, and perhaps most importantly of all, stop breaking their own legs by randomly flinging themselves off rooftops. Best of all, they will pay attention to player-marked targets, so if you can't deal with a special, the bots should be able to give you a helping hand.

In order to provide some more help with the higher difficulties, bots will now also stick closer together during high-threat situations. So if a boss and a horde show up at the same time, the bots will reliably rally alongside you instead of scattering to the four corners of the world in order to get picked off one by one. They'll still be worse at it than actual players, but it's definitely a welcome improvement.

You can read more about these changes over at Steam. And if you're curious what exactly the team has planned for the future, you might want to check out the latest teaser as well. I have a feeling it's eventually going to lead up to the reveal of a brand new Career for Kerillian. Enjoy!