Call of Duty Infinite Warfare Won’t Use A New Engine, But Will Feature Improvements

Ten years and counting, and we still are on that ancient engine…

Posted By | On 05th, Jun. 2016 Under News | Follow This Author @Pramath1605

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Call of Duty has been going on for so long, and for all that time, it has been using the exact same engine, only with little tweaks to keep it relevant every year. And yet, each year, there are those who doubtless hope that the series will upgrade its underlying tech- and what better time to do it than with the very first installment of the series that is being made exclusively for next generation machines?

And yet, Infinity Ward have confirmed that Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare will not in fact have a new engine. It will be using the same engine as each year, but there will be improvements as always.

“In the last three years, we have made continual improvements to our tech,” explained Jacob Minkoff, the design director for the game, to AusGamers. “We have overhauled our animation engine, physics, AI system, NPC behaviors and more. We are doing a lot that has never been done in the series before, like seamless, streaming level transition, for instance, that allow us to go from ground combat to space and then inside our hub as a continual experience, so we needed to re-engineer our systems to deliver on that vision.

“We’re also using physically-based rendering, which means more detailed lighting and improved shading across the board. Surfaces in our game, from the hallway of a warship to the wrinkles on a character’s forehead will be seen more realistically and naturally than ever before. We’ve built a new performance capture stage too. Our tech really lets us bring the actors’ performances to life in a really cool way. We can’t wait for fans to play the game for themselves.”

So- I’m not entirely convinced that this substitutes having an entirely new engine. Then again, it doesn’t sound like this setup is lacking in any way, and this is definitely an engine that has worked just fine for the series, and one that the developers are probably comfortable with- so I guess there are reasons for Infinity Ward to stick with it.

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  • lagann

    The game engine is there to make possible what game devs want. If the engine, with its updates, is still capable of doing what they want…i see no reason why they would change engines.

    • DiamondDogs1

      yep while the entire consumer base sees a reason for it lmao 😛

  • Andy Maas

    I’m getting the new battlefield cod is overrated

    • Eddie Battikha

      But the story is gonna be good because a couple ex naughty dog developers are doing it.

    • Andy Maas

      Call of duty is overrated

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    • Andy Maas

      I don’t care how good the new cod game looks I’m getting battlefield 1

      Sent from my iPad

  • Riggybro

    “there are reasons for Infinity Ward to stick with it” – because your readers keep buying it.

  • DigitalDaniel

    My issue with CoD is not the engine. Engine works fine. Visually the game looks good while running at 60fps. It’s the sci-fi nonsense that bugs me. I want something like World At War 2. A game where I don’t have jetpacks, running on walls, robots killing for me etc. THIS killed CoD for me, not the engine.


      I get that. I read a lot from people who didn’t want CoD to evolve the way it has. Although you never really “hear” it when you game online, maybe now and then. I think the reality is that most people want more to their gaming . Generally people with complaints are the most vocal, so you see more people saying they don’t want futuristic CoD on forums, but that’s just because people who approve have nothing to complain about. Wall running and boost jumping/sliding makes the game more fast pace and, for most people, more fun. I actually thought AW was a great change, and miss the forward mid-air boost, but all around BO3 is better. At the end of the day it’s business and siding with the majority makes more money, and these guys got family to support. Family is more important than long time fan preference. Hopefully they will make a past CoD again one of these days, so that those who want it can have it, but whichever developer does this will be the developer to lose out on cash, unless they can find a way to make the games fast paced. At least this year there will also be Battlefield 1 with WWI setting so if that theme is what is important to you, then I hear BF is a great game save some consistent launch problems. Also the Modern Warfare remake is interesting, but I guarantee you, there will be more people on the Infinite Warfare servers than Modern Warfare. At first there will be people interested to check it out, but eventually it will only be those who liked the older setting, and all the rest of the players will be on Infinite Warfare. Maybe Activision is even hoping this remaster will show a lot of people that, despite their nostalgia, they don’t really want CoD to digress back to its roots.

  • cweb1988

    I mean it’s just a tool. But still….


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