GTA 6 NPC drivers could be a whole lot smarter than their predecessors

If you’ve ever been attempting a carefully orchestrated heist in Grand Theft Auto, only to be foiled by the bizarre antics of computer-controlled drivers, then this news is for you: a new patent suggests that GTA 6 may have the smartest non-playable drivers of the series yet.

The patent, titled “System and Method for Virtual Navigation in a Gaming Environment,” describes a system that would improve AI situational awareness, especially when driving.

Filed by Rockstar’s associate director of technology David Hynd and lead AI programmer Simon Parr, the patent would allow NPCs to look beyond the objects in their immediate vicinity, and introduce tech that would allow them a greater sense of anticipation, and unique driver profiles.

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