It’s been over seven years since GTA 5 originally released (pic: Rockstar Games)
The new patent is credited to two Rockstar employees, which suggests a possible connection between it and Grand Theft Auto 6.
Even though near enough everybody knows that Grand Theft Auto 6 is happening, Rockstar has not formally announced it.
Fans have been desperate for anything resembling legitimate information about it, with the latest one being a potential patent related to the game.
Initially spotted by Reddit user ElementNo28, it was filed back in October by Take-Two Interactive, Rockstar’s parent company.
GTA Online recently received its Cayo Perico update (pic: Rockstar Games)
However, the invention of the patent is credited to David Hynd and Simon Parr, who currently work as technical director and lead AI programmer, respectively, at Rockstar.
Given the link, it very much suggests that said patent is being used for Rockstar’s next game, which is expected to be GTA 6.
As for the patent itself, it describes a new system for non-player navigation and would make the movements of computer characters more realistic.
Chances are you’ve seen a character walking in place while stuck on the corner of a bench or something. This system would not only prevent that but also define specific characteristics for each non-player character.
For example, they would drive at different speeds depending on what vehicle they’re in, the type of road they’re on, or the weather, which sounds almost tailor-made for something like GTA.
At the moment, GTA 6’s actual announcement still seems like a long way away, as Rockstar is currently focused on updating Grand Theft Auto Online and bringing both it and Grand Theft Auto 5 to the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X/S later this year.
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