A recent discovery has uncovered a patent related to the upcoming game, Grand Theft Auto 6 (GTA 6), which reveals exciting details about the game’s animation system. The patent was found on the LinkedIn profile of Tobias Kleanthous, who is mentioned in recent GTA 6 leaks, and it is related to the locomotion techniques being developed for games at Rockstar Games.
According to the patent, the developers are employing a modular system for character animations. They have created a library of small building blocks for character movements, which can be combined in various ways to produce a wide array of animations. This approach allows for a more dynamic and realistic representation of characters in different situations, such as walking in the rain, feeling fatigued, or sustaining injuries.
The modular system will enable GTA 6 to offer a more immersive gaming experience. Characters will move in ways that are consistent with the weather conditions, their energy levels, and any injuries they may have sustained. This adaptability will make the game world feel more authentic and engaging.
The leaks have provided snippets that demonstrate this system in action. For instance, a log snippet describes how a character named Jason should move when under fire and crouching with an assault rifle. The building blocks used in this example include terms like “combat,” “crouch,” “left_wide,” “long_gun,” “underfire,” and “move,” indicating the character’s actions and posture in that specific situation.
This advanced animation system will also extend to NPCs, making them appear smarter and more responsive. For example, a police officer in the game will adjust his cover and height based on the height of the wall or fence in front of him. This will add a layer of complexity and challenge to the game, as NPCs will behave more intelligently based on their roles, such as police officers and gang members acting differently.
While it is speculated that a similar system may have been used in Red Dead Redemption 2, the patent and leaked clips suggest that GTA 6 will take animation to a new level of realism and dynamism.
After years of anticipation and months of rumors, Rockstar Games has officially announced the development of the next major entry in the Grand Theft Auto series. This will be the eighth main installment and the sixteenth title overall in the franchise. The confirmation comes nearly a decade after the release of the critically acclaimed Grand Theft Auto V in 2013.