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What Happened To The AI In Riders Republic?

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I was playing Riders Republic last week, as I am every week to be honest. The game is one of my favourites of this year, and the community is so positive that I just can’t help but get involved. Anyway, last week, I noticed something absolutely bonkers was going on in the game, and it wasn’t just me either. Collectively, the community pulled itself together to discuss where the heck the AI opponents had disappeared to, because no one knew. I don’t even know if they’re back at the time of writing, though I suspect they are. It was all just so strange, so I had to write about it.

For those who don’t know, Riders Republic is an MMO that uses your ghosts and the ghosts of other players as opponents for everyone. These are basically your time trial attempts, but they’re categorised into difficulties and used when other players take on an event. It’s a great way to make the game feel fuller and gives you some meaningful competition in every race. However, they all disappeared last week, outside of boss races that is, so we didn’t have anyone to race against for a while.

I checked across multiple event types, and the opponents were just gone. They didn’t exist. I think that the game’s servers must have had an issue pulling down the ghosts for a match, because I noticed that loading into events was taking far longer than it usually did. I also noticed a few AI opponents dropping through the floor when I started some events, so that’s a thing that was likely happening as well. I don’t know what happened, but Ubisoft really needed to fix it.

AI opponents are the heart of Riders Republic. The game doesn’t work without them, though everyone was taking full advantage and playing events on the highest difficulty while it lasted. I did this too, and I have to say that it was fun. I just never want it to happen again, because it made me feel like I was cheating despite just playing the game. It’s also a great example of why the game needs to be stable with opponents offline and not have a constant online connection.

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