While it’s been recognized for some time that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 could be utilizing a brand new engine, as would the Warzone sequel, now that the marketing campaign has arrived early, we’re beginning to see precisely what that appears like.
And it’s wild.
A viral video is making the rounds on Twitter, showcasing a mission set in Amsterdam. And it’s so wildly detailed it appears virtually indistinguishable from actuality, with some joking it virtually appears even higher than precise images, one way or the other.
Some are declaring that on this case, this mission is kind of a “hallway” mission, the place you’re not in an enormous firefight, however merely strolling a pre-ordained path down the road with minimal fight. It does seem to be it was particularly crafted to point out off the capabilities of the tech. And these capabilities are…huge. I’m reminded of the Unreal Engine 5 Matrix tech demo which was essentially the most sensible wanting generated metropolis I’d ever seen within the recreation, and solely the start of what’s attainable (Modern Warfare 2 just isn’t utilizing UE5).
If there’s one shortcoming it’s that the realism of the human characters usually are not fairly matching the realism of their environments, from their movement to their look. They’re not horrible, however they’re not nice both. You can see extra of that within the full video of the mission:
This is simply the primary recreation made utilizing this new engine, and that signifies that rather a lot larger and higher choices shall be coming as they proceed to max out its capabilities. While we’re just a few years into this new console era, now we have not but absolutely reached their potential, and naturally on PC the place issues like the brand new 4090 exist, it’s a distinct story altogether by way of how far issues will be pushed. Even video games like Cyberpunk 2077 on CDPR’s aging REDengine look flawless with present high tech. Imagine what occurs once they do make their subsequent recreation in Unreal Engine 5.
This stands in sharp distinction to the appearance of the metaverse, the place a current level of controversy has been how poor Meta’s Horizon graphics have been particularly, even with promised upgrades coming. More conventional video video games proceed to dash ahead into the long run whereas a platform like VR remains to be taking part in catch-up to tech from two generations in the past, exterior of uncommon exceptions like Half Life: Alyx, that are few and much between.
This video has roughly bought me on the marketing campaign of Modern Warfare 2, after I’ve skipped the final two. I gotta see what else this recreation is able to, I feel.
Update: Some extra information about why this new engine appears so good, and the way we are able to count on different, non-Modern Warfare video games to additionally use it, given an enormous shift coming to the sequence.
One large factor about this new engine for Modern Warfare 2 is that Call of Duty is now altering to have all the things being made on a single, unified engine as an alternative of disparate variations like they did prior to now.
“When one of the teams puts in a really cool rendering or audio or animation feature,” Infinity Ward co-studio head and Modern Warfare 2 inventive director Patrick Kelly mentioned at a preview again in June 2022, “then we have to have a bunch of people implement it in the other engine, and then another engine again.”
However, that doesn’t imply that each one the video games will really feel precisely the identical as each other:
“A Black Ops recreation traditionally has had a barely completely different really feel – some completely different artwork route and issues like that – than an Infinity Ward recreation. And I’ll inform you, from my standpoint, from our standpoint, we have fun and embrace that we’re not seeking to mash all of them collectively into one.”
This new Infinity Ward engine we’re seeing in motion additionally makes use of components of engines from different studios, which have all mixed into the “super engine” you see above. The concept is that they used the “best of the best” options from all of the completely different engines they have been beforehand working with. And sure, meaning different video games like the subsequent Black Ops title must also look this good.