Sony Interactive Entertainment has filed a new patent that reveals the format holder is looking to allow gamers to replay a game from any given point.
In theory this would allow the user to pick a specific point they want in which to drop into a game’s campaign, allowing them to make key changes in a play through or simply replay their favourite portion of the campaign without having to commit to starting over.
The patent is titled ‘CONTENT STREAMING WITH GAMEPLAY LAUNCH’ and reveals via diagram that gameplay sequences would be split into subchapters featuring trigger points, which will act as starting points for the player to choose from, dropping them into a specific sequence in mere seconds.
Such media content may have at least one or more trigger points and each trigger point may be associated with a set of game data specific to a gameplay scene within an interactive title. […] The interactive title for gameplay may be launched by the user device based on the identified set of game data associated with the selected trigger point.
It’s worth remembering that companies included Sony file patents all the time, and it doesn’t necessarily mean we’ll see anything come to fruition, at least not for a while.
[Source – Insider Gaming]