Grand Theft Auto patent hints at a future multiplayer game


While it remains to be seen what Rockstar will do with its next iteration of Grand Theft Auto — and whether or not it’ll be online, as with GTAO — some fans discovered a patent from April 2019 that looks like NPC tech for a future game.

The patent in question is for “a system and method for managing and pathfinding using a coarse graph of low-level nodes representing the virtual world of a gaming environment.” Or as IGN summarized, it’ll potentially make for more realistic game in-game traffic and NPC use of vehicles.

What’s really interesting, at least to us, is that part of the patent mentions a multiplayer experience, with “virtual navigation and management of objects in a multiplayer network gaming community.” Confirmation? Or simply… a possibility?

Source: IGN, US Patents. Thanks Anon!

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Yoshi Senpai

Hopefully they will make a decent anti cheat and maybe some dedicated servers. I know I ask alot of this small indie dev team.

Insane how hacked GTAO is.

Jon Wax

just, whatever… take my money


That doesn’t really say much of anything…

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Java Jawa

Yea bingo, it’ll be part of the online component of the next installment of the franchise. After all GTAO is a license to print money.

Hikari Kenzaki

GTAO made billions. Even though RDO hasn’t made nearly as much, there isn’t much chance they won’t make a new GTAO. Red Dead is a more niche franchise so doesn’t really make ‘online’ look bad.

Sarnaut Explorer

I think they are just covering possibilities. Rockstar projects are large in scope and then narrow down to what can be bludgeoned out of overworked staff come crunch time.