A just lately uncovered Rockstar Video games patent suggests the developer might be utilizing new expertise to make NPCs in its video games extra immersive, notably relating to the extremely anticipated action-adventure crime sim GTA VI.
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As noticed by Reddit consumer Tobbelobben30 (through Eurogamer), former Rockstar Video games lead AI and gameplay programmer Tobias Kleanthous issued a patent in April known as “System And Methodology For Digital Character Locomotion.” The 11-page doc, as Kleanthous described on LinkedIn, was “architected and carried out for video games” on the Grand Theft Auto and Pink Useless Redemption studio. In keeping with the paper’s summary, the patent homes “a system and methodology for controlling the animation and motion of in-game objects.” In layperson’s phrases, Kleanthous’ tech ought to make characters far more life-like. Tobbelobben30 detailed the patent’s contents of their Reddit publish:
“Based mostly on this patent, it looks as if they’re utilizing a intelligent system. They’ve constructed a library of small constructing blocks for character actions. These blocks could be mixed in varied methods to create a variety of animations. As an example, take into consideration a personality within the recreation strolling within the rain, feeling drained, or getting injured. As an alternative of designing separate animations for every of those conditions, they use these constructing blocks to place collectively the character’s actions naturally. This implies GTA 6 can have extra numerous and lifelike animations. So, whenever you play GTA 6, you’ll see characters transferring in ways in which match the climate, their power degree, and their accidents. This makes the sport really feel extra immersive. It’s like having characters that may adapt to totally different conditions, making the sport world really feel extra actual and thrilling.”
“Immersive” can so usually be an empty advertising and marketing buzzword thrown round forward of recreation releases, however relating to this patent, the adjective couldn’t be extra apt. Based mostly on the tech described, Rockstar Video games’ video games—notably GTA IV—ought to have characters with extra dynamic animations, giving their worlds unparalleled realism. Whereas Tobbelobben30 couldn’t confirm if the system was utilized in Pink Useless Redemption 2, they did say that the animations in Rockstar’s upcoming recreation might be “unimaginable.” (Kleanthous gave a chat throughout GDC 2021 about some related tech used within the cowboy RPG.)
Numerous Reddit customers have shared their reactions to this new locomotion patent. “Yeah it’s gonna be mind-blowing, even within the leaks the animations and physics regarded insane,” ArkhamIsComing2020 stated, referring to leaked growth footage from September 2022. “Soo procedural animation? Niceeeee,” quipped ProceduralFish. “So principally if my arm will get hit with a bat I received’t have the ability to shoot as nicely? That’s kinda cool,” famous rustynutsbruh.
Kotaku reached out to Rockstar Video games and Tobbelobben30 for remark.
We nonetheless don’t have a definitive launch date for Grand Theft Auto VI, regardless of studying quite a bit concerning the recreation in current months and years. A plethora of particulars have been made public, although, together with town through which the sport will happen and the characters we’ll play as, all because of an 18-year-old hacker who used an Amazon Fireplace Stick to realize entry to Rockstar Video games from a resort room.