The Grand Theft Auto (GTA) franchise, a juggernaut in the world of gaming, has always been lauded for the depth and detail of its open-world gameplay. When leaks of the latest iteration, GTA 6, started circumnavigating the internet, fans were excited to see the changes in their favorite game. The franchise is set to return to Vice City, introducing two main characters, and promises various improvements. However, the most notable leak divulges significant overhauls to the game's Wanted system and a more realistic depiction of police AI
In the leaked clips, the protagonists, Jason and Lucia, are seen in the midst of a robbery at Hank's Waffle House. The footage hints at innovative features in GTA 6 that add a layer of realism to the crime and pursuit aspects of the game. One such feature includes a witness mechanic that comes into play as the characters commit their crime. Under the Wanted level, the term "Full Description" appears, suggesting that the witnesses have a clear understanding of the player's appearance.
Moreover, as Lucia is seen entering the police vehicle, the status changes from 'No Vehicle Description' to 'Full Vehicle Description'. The game indicates that the police now have comprehensive information about your vehicle. This information is also confirmed by a text prompt in the top-left corner that states, "Any vehicle you are seen entering will be known by the Law." This shows a developed pursuit mechanic that adds a level of challenge and realism to the gameplay.
Additional changes include a new mechanic allowing Jason to stop customers (identified with a yellow icon) from alerting the police or fleeing the scene. There is also a new dispatch time for the police, adding a realistic delay before the authorities arrive on the scene. The police AI has also been improved enormously. The AI adjusts its stance based on the object's height in front of it, lowers its position while reloading, and continues to shoot while moving, creating a more realistic and immersive gaming experience.
While the release date of GTA 6 hasn't been officially announced by Rockstar, rumors suggest it could be as early as 2024. With these impressive improvements, GTA 6 is shaping up to be one of the most ambitious and thrilling releases in the franchise's history. The overhaul of the Wanted system and the smarter police AI are sure to deliver a more immersive and challenging game experience for the players.