A new patent filed by Rockstar Games parent company Take-Two Interactive suggests that the studio is looking into new gameplay systems to increase the situational awareness of its NPCs.
The patent, titled “System And Method For Virtual Navigation In A Gaming Environment,” outlines tech aimed at creating a “realistic experience” in video games by making AI smarter at detecting their environment. Specifically, the patent is targeting NPC vehicle driving behaviors.
Currently in video games, NPCs can only sense a few objects in their immediate vicinity. This level of detection is typically relegated to other cars almost exclusively, which is why NPC drivers tend to not only run into each other but also into the objects found within the world. Through this new patent, though, Rockstar is looking to give NPCs a distinct driving profile.