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New GTA 6 patent leak suggests Rockstar wants best NPCs ever

GTA fans have discovered a Rockstar patent that creates dynamic and complex NPCs to try and make the best NPCs possible in GTA 6.

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A new patent by Rockstar, to potentially use in GTA 6, has been discovered that will make the best NPCs and make them more complex and intelligent.

It’s been over seven years since GTA 5 first graced the gaming world and there’s still no official word that the 6th game is in development. Every passing day leaves GTA fans emptier and to fill this void, they are trying to find every bit of information they can.

“Their internet sleuthing seems to have uncovered an extremely interesting patent from Take-Two, which could have a major impact on NPCs in their future titles. Rockstar are well-known for filling their open-world games with as much detail as possible, and it appears that non-playable characters could be receiving a major upgrade moving forward.”

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GTA 6 NPC patent

The patent, titled “System And Method For Virtual Navigation In A Gaming Environment” patent appears to show a complex set of decision-making algorithms that would affect how NPCs behave around each other and playable characters.”

There is also further evidence to suggest that this is a system to do with a potential new Grand Theft Auto game. The inventors are Simon Parr – Lead AI Programmer at Rockstar Games – and David Hynd – Associate Director of Technology at Rockstar Games.

Information about the patent was posted recently in a Reddit post and discussed by several users. The new system allows NPCs to be more dynamic and complex. You’d imagine the hope is that every player that plays GTA 6 will have new experiences and the world will feel different every time they step foot in it.

Rockstar is never one for settling for anything less than the best. So it’s entirely possible that we don’t hear anything official about GTA 6 for a long time yet.

In the meantime, fans will continue to speculate on the latest rumors such as GTA 6 having a female main character and strange files that further hint at the existence of the long-awaited sequel.

Once official information starts to trickle out about the game, we’ll report it here.

Image credits: Rockstar

Battlefield

How to play Battlefield 2042 Open Beta: Release date & early access

Battlefield 2042 is just around the corner, so here’s how you can play the massive-scale multiplayer experience’s Open Beta.

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Battlefield 2042 is confirmed to have an Open Beta, allowing players to get a taste of the massive battles ahead of its official launch. Here’s how you can play the Open Beta and access it early.

Now that Battlefield 2042 has officially been revealed, players are eager to get a first-hand look at what DICE has been cooking up for the past few years.

After being delayed, the game is now on the slate for a November 19, 2021 launch, but DICE also has plans for an Open Beta ahead of its release. With the showcase at EA Play Live, the developers announced a September Beta date, where players can get their hands on the new Specialists, massive maps, and new game modes. However, with the game being delayed, this has reportedly changed.

Here’s everything we know about Battlefield 2042’s Open Beta. 

Battlefield 2042 Open Beta dates

Battlefield 2042 players leaping from skyscraper

As well as announcing Battlefield Portal, during Battlefield 2042’s showcase for EA Play Live on July 22, DICE officially confirmed that players could expect the Open Beta in September 2021. However, signs point towards the Beta now happening in early October.

Adam ‘PartWelsh’ Freeman, EA’s Lead Community Manager, tweeted on September 16 that “New dates for the Open Beta will be shared later this month.”

He clarified that they “likely won’t share those dates today, or tomorrow – and I’ll give you further heads up next week [week beginning September 20].”

This in itself doesn’t outright guarantee a delay, but according to industry insider Tom Henderson, the Open Beta will occur on October 8, with Early Access happening on October 6.

Henderson said that “The dates found are in an internal system that I cannot share. So it’s another ‘trust me bro’ for now.”

Earlier in September, Twitter account @PlaystationSize reported that the Beta Early Access has been added to the PlayStation database for both the PS4 and PS5 editions.

We’ll update you when DICE gives an official release for the Beta.

How to play Battlefield 2042 Open Beta early

Battlefield 2042 editions

Battlefield V’s Beta allowed those who preordered the game to get two days of early access. Battlefield 2042 will follow the same model, with the developers confirming that those who preorder the game will be able to play the Beta first.

If you’ve preordered the game, you’ll get early access to a Closed Beta, likely a couple of days ahead of the Open Beta’s launch.

If you haven’t preordered Battlefield 2042, don’t worry, as you won’t have to spend a penny to play the Open Beta. It will likely appear on your platform of choice’s store as a free download. 


Stay tuned to Charlie INTEL and @BravoINTEL for all updates on Battlefield 2042.

Image Credit: DICE / EA

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Apex Legends Halloween Event: Skins, start date & LTM

Here’s everything we know about the Apex Legends Halloween event, including the start date and all the new skins that players can obtain.

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Respawn Entertainment is planning an Apex Legends Halloween event that will bring cosmetics, skins, and LTMs to the battle royale. Here’s everything we know about this holiday event.

Apex Legends Season 10 brought plenty of changes for fans to enjoy, and the recent Evolution Collection Event added more fun content to the battle royale.

Now, players are looking forward to the next big in-game event, and Respawn have some big plans for Halloween. The upcoming Halloween event will bring new skins, cosmetics, and an LTM.

Here’s everything we know about the Apex Legends Halloween event.

Apex Legends Halloween event start date

Apex Legends Halloween skin

At the time of writing, the developers have yet to confirm the official start time for the Halloween event, but we know that it will take place after the Monsters event that’s set to begin on October 12, according to leakers.

The event might take place on the same date as the Fight or Fright Halloween event from 2020. Meaning that we expect the festivities to begin around October 22, 2021.

Respawn tend to host these events, and they’re usually set in the last week of October. Hopefully, the developers will announce the official start date soon enough.

All Apex Legends Halloween Event skins & cosmetics

Apex Legends roster

This Halloween event will probably bring back a few classic skins that we’ve seen before, and there will also be some leaks are suggesting that there will be new monster-themed cosmetics available at the event.

Notable Apex Legends data miner Garretleaks leaked many of the Monster skins along with a set of spooky holosprays. Many of these are expected to drop early on during the event.

Bloodhound Monster skin

Caustic Monster skin

Horizon Monster skin

Loba Monster Skin

Seer Monster skin

Revenant Monster skin

Valkyrie Monster skin

Is there an Apex Legends Halloween Event LTM?

Apex Legends Halloween event

According to data miner Shrugtal, the Shadow Royale LTM will return Apex Legends for the Halloween-themed event. It’s reportedly set to begin on October 26, but the devs haven’t confirmed this.

This LTM turns eliminated players into Shadows that are capable of wall-running and double jumping. Respawn might make a few changes to the fan-favorite mode this time around.

That covers everything we know about the Apex Legends Halloween event. For more Apex Legends, stay tuned to Charlie INTEL, and check out when Apex Legends Season 11 will begin.

Image Credits: Respawn Entertainment

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All FIFA 22 Women’s Teams & top player ratings

The FIFA 22 ratings are gradually being revealed, and EA has given fans their first the look best Women’s Players in this year’s game.

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EA has steadily been revealing the best-rated players heading into FIFA 22, triggering plenty of heated debates among fans. Now, the publisher has unveiled the 22 best Women’s Players in this year’s game.

The FIFA 22 ratings reveal is underway, and EA has been slowly showing off the biggest superstars in this year’s edition. These stats are always a surefire way to get fans talking, with the downgrade to Cristiano Ronaldo being a major topic of discussion this time around.

Although they’re unfortunately unavailable in Ultimate Team, FIFA also has the option to play as Women’s International Teams, with all of the best female footballers on display. Here are the best rated in FIFA 22 according to EA’s Ratings Database.

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FIFA 22 top Women’s Players ratings

The popularity of the women’s game has grown significantly over the course of the last few years, and EA has reflected this by adding licensed players into FIFA in recent games.

FIFA 22 is no exception, with many of the stars who lit up the 2019 World Cup playable in-game once again in a separate mode.

More ratings will be available after the game’s launch on October 1, so be sure to check back here for updates.

Here are the top 22 Women’s Players coming to FIFA 22:

RankingPlayer NameNationalityRating
#1Vivianne MiedemaNetherlands92
#2Lucy BronzeEngland92
#3Wendie RenardFrance92
#4Samantha KerrAustralia91
#5Amandine HenryFrance90
#6Dzsenifer MarozsanGermany90
#7Caroline Graham HansenNorway90
#8Tobin HeathUSA90
#9Megan RapinoeUSA90
#10Alex MorganUSA90
#11Julie ErtzUSA89
#12Eugenie Le SommerFrance89
#13Lieke MartensNetherlands89
#14Christine SinclairCanada89
#15Fran KirbyEngland88
#16Alexandra PoppGermany88
#17Becky SauerbrunnUSA88
#18Jenni HermosoSpain87
#19Amel MajriFrance87
#20Kim LittleScotland87
#21Lindsey HoranUSA87
#22Sara DabritzGermany87

FIFA 22 Women’s Teams

Despite the ever-growing size of Women’s Football, there remains a surprisingly limited amount of playable all-female teams in FIFA.

International teams were first added back in FIFA 16, but since then the likes of the Women’s Premier League or any other club teams have remained absent.

Women's footballer in FIFA stadium.

Sadly, this is still the case in FIFA 22. Only national teams are being represented in-game once again, although there have been a handful of changes.

Japan has been removed from the roster, while Brazil with official kits and badges, but no licensed players. Portugal and Belgium are the two new additions.

See the full list of Women’s Teams in FIFA 22 here:

  • Australia
  • Brazil (generic players)
  • Canada
  • China PR
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Mexico
  • Netherlands
  • New Zealand
  • Norway
  • Scotland
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • United States

That was everything we know about the women’s portion of FIFA 22, stay tuned on Charlie INTEL for fresh updates when the game is launched in October.

For more on FIFA 22, check out the Icons confirmed in Ultimate Team and our guide on how to use the Web App.

Image credits: EA

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