Could NPC artificial intelligence be the best of all games?

GTA 6 is not yet officialized by Rockstar Games, but the leaks continue to rain. According to a patent filed by Take-Two Interactive, the artificial intelligence of NPCs (non-player characters) may be the best we’ve seen so far.

Screenshot of GTA 5
Screenshot of GTA 5 – Credit: Rockstar Games

Rockstar Games is slow to officially announce the development of GTA 6 which has already started even if the release is still far away. In the meantime, players are on their own to find out as much as possible on the long-awaited next installment of the successful franchise. They are on the lookout for any clue that would reveal the release date, but also the plot, playable characters, environment, etc.

A very advanced navigation system for an even more realistic immersion

Reddit users shared one of their latest findings. This is a patent filed by Take-Two Interactive, the parent company of Rockstar Games. This describes a virtual navigation system and method in a game environment. The goal is to make the NPCs even more dynamic, complex and intelligent. However, it should be noted that this patent does not mention in any case GTA 6, even if it is probable that the new artificial intelligence be implemented in this game. In fact, an insider recently confirmed the leaks on Vice City, the female character and South America.

The system described in the patent allows developers to create ” a realistic virtual world that is not limited by hardware and software constraints “. In addition, the document explains that the navigation systems used in current games do not take into account certain factors such as lane changes, road trips or even weather conditions.

So, if this new artificial intelligence is indeed implemented in GTA 6, the driving will surely be the most realistic that we have seen so far in an open world game. Moreover, the patent also states that: ” processing power, memory, and efficiency only allow for a predetermined number of cars controlled by NPCs in a single instance of a conventional system. Some NPCs in conventional systems disappear when the player approaches ยป.

This obviously makes you think of Cyberpunk 2077 which had promised a very advanced artificial intelligence. However, it can be catastrophic at times, and the studio recently apologized to gamers for the failed PS4 and Xbox One versions.

Source: BGR

Auriane Polge

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