Submitted by Metamorph93 729d ago | news

New beginning for Call of Duty? Activision revealed next-gen visuals

At the Game Developers Conference today, Activision technical director Jorge Jimenez has revealed their photorealistic next-gen engine. (Activision, Next-Gen, PS4, Tech)

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a_bro  +   729d ago
well, with all that money they made, they better get to it, before battlefield kills it
aCasualGamer  +   729d ago
It seems, lately, every developer wants to show their nextgen muscles. Question is, will we actually see this level of fidelity in characters come PS4 and next Xbox launch?

The main character model in the latest Infamous Second Son trailer looked really amazing, but nothing compared to these pictures. Hope we get to this level of detail sooner rather than later.
CGI-Quality  +   729d ago
inFAMOUS is also an open world franchise. You can't expect this level of fidelity.
WUTCHUGUNNADO  +   729d ago
Their showing off the engine capabilities... there's no way that would translate to in game visuals outside of cutscenes. If it does... well damn.
Septic  +   729d ago
Those pics are amazing!
MaxXAttaxX  +   728d ago
These graphics will in no way translate to gameplay.
Not even on PC. Sorry.
BitbyDeath  +   728d ago
If the Killzone devs didn't know about the full PS4 specs when making Shadow Fall then you can expect Sucker Punch to be in the same boat.

Both engines are likely only using around the 2gb mark.
PLASTICA-MAN  +   728d ago
Did anyone watch the tech-demo : http://youtu.be/l6R6N4Vy0nE ?
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irepbtown  +   728d ago
I cannot get enough of the eyes!!!
They look very realistic.

I skipped MW3/Black Ops 2 (though I borrowed MW3 and I'm playing it now) so the next COD will hopefully be a big change like COD4 was (one of my favourite FPS).
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TopDudeMan  +   728d ago
Well, that's cutscene quality (It's pre-rendered), though. Realistically, their character models won't be able to touch that level of quality during gameplay.

Activision are really gonna have to push the boat out (gameplay-wise) to get me on board for the next one. I'm pretty much spent on those games.
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Insomnia_84  +   728d ago
It clearly says in the picture "not actual gameplay". Cut scenes might look like this but not gameplay.
jcornish  +   729d ago
I imagine Battlefield shall kill it anyway. Bf3 was so much better than MW3
secretcode  +   728d ago | Funny
To be fair, a lot of games were better than MW3.

Mary-Kate and Ashley: Sweet 16 Licensed to Drive for instance.
nypifisel  +   729d ago
There are no other franchise more in need of a new engine than COD, they've been using the same one since 2005 (with minor tweaks), though not sure it could save a COD game anyway^^
artdafoo  +   728d ago
U are 100% correct but as long 15 year olds line up to buy it every year they see no need to change the formula.
vZeppelin  +   728d ago
Elder scrolls games have been using the same engine since Morrorwind. Just with minor tweaks but people still lined up for Skyrim and no one complained about it. Double standards FTW.
Mustang300C2012  +   728d ago
Source engine as well but omg it is wrong that Activision found so much success with COD using a successful engine. Just proves they don't listen to N4G and Neogaf armchair analyst vs their own business expertise.
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negative  +   728d ago
Not a huge COD fan but they've been using the same engine since 2005 because IT LOOKS GREAT!!!

Quit your bitching you're ruining gaming for everyone!!!!
nypifisel  +   728d ago
There's a noticeable difference and upgrade with each iteration of the engine used in TES games. That's more than you can say about the Cod one, each game has felt the same, played the same and looked the same.

Good business doesn't automatically means a good game. There's nothing so lacking in fantasy than COD, why is that? Cause they milk it, there's not enough time between releases to actually come up with something new and fresh.

If you think the COD engine looks great you got glaucoma.. -_- It's horrendously outdated in every aspect - compare it to BF3 (I'm not a huge fan of that game either but at least they put in the effort to create a great new engine to imagine their game
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vZeppelin  +   728d ago
The graphic difference between Oblivion and Skyrim are the same as the difference between COD 2 and Black ops 2. During the same amount of years, I'm not saying COD doesn't need a new engine, it does. But I find it to be massively hypocritical of the game community top throw out" COD sux and is for kids, am I cool now guys?" then give Skyrim a pass even though the engine held back the game and caused all the problems for the PS3 version.
Which is the real outdated engine. The one that gives you the same thing over and over again or sorry we can't make DLC for the game.
Gaming_Guru  +   728d ago
Halo has been using the same engine for years and people never complained. With the new Halo 4, graphics finally updated with less features and bugs (especially with Swat matches).

If the consumers still buy the product, why change something that is not in demand? When a company does become more radical they get shunned because it's too new or people think they lost their focus.

It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't situation.
nypifisel  +   728d ago
I agree with you on Skyrim, I don't give it a pass, I'm still disappointed at that. So I'm not hypocritical, but you still have to agree that the leap from Morrowind to Oblivion was a substantial one so brining that game into the equation isn't feasible.
GraveLord  +   729d ago
BF3 released, didn't kill anything. What makes you think BF4 will be any different?
HammadTheBeast  +   728d ago
Actually, it did dent CoD's sales a bit, and it wasn't made to kill, it was made to begin the process.
RememberThe357  +   728d ago
Because thats how people talk between games. BF4 looks mind blowing to BF fans so of course we're going to think it's gonna kill it. And honestly, "kill it" could mean a whole lot of things. I think of it as "BF4 will be better than the next Duty" more than a sales statement, but I guess on N4G you never really know what people are talking about.
nukeitall  +   728d ago
I thought BF3 was at least going to make a small dent, but instead there wasn't even a scratch.

That is actually good news, because there is at least a competitor to CoD, yet they both live on despite me not really liking BF series. I traded BF3 within days of getting it and never looked back.

BF3 wasn't my cup of tea, but maybe BF4 is?

However, this just illustrates what is wrong with the community. It seems actual sales is opposite of what the community thinks will happen.
irokster  +   728d ago
Wow. The possibility of CoD maybe running on an engine with capabilities like these? Maybe it can stick around for 2-3 more years...
caperjim  +   728d ago
Battlefield wont be "killing" anything if it is still stuck at 720p for next generation like it is rumored to be. If Call of Duty can give us native 1920 X 1080 resolution (1080p) then COD will be better graphically.

No amount of destruction, high res textures, better lighting and tessellation will help Battlefield 4 if you are looking through a dirty window. ( 720p )

I love Battlefield games so i really hope this rumor isnt true.

On topic.....I look forward to seeing what next generation COD has to offer. These images look great.
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fatstarr  +   728d ago
I mean, it should be about time

cod4 modern warfare was revolutionary and it changed everything.

since then its been 6 games on that aging engine and people have been eating it up.

i doubt we will see a new engine tho, im expecting some hybrid engine. ex think wiigames ported up with hd textures and better resolutions.

I dont see Activision Making MW4 4 different times.
1 time for the handhelds vita/3ds
1 time for the ps3/360/wiiu? with the same stale engine
and 1 time for the next generation twins with some sort of brand new engine.

I dont see it. especially not in 1 years worth of time. unless the 4 studios are actually doing what I just listed.
Mustang300C2012  +   728d ago
Right because that is the same thing that was said for Battlefield 3
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ZombieKiller  +   728d ago
Whatever....ps will still get a shitty port and this game will still lag. Despite graphics
Ashunderfire86  +   728d ago
If this is how Call of Duty will look like next gen I will scream!!!! I would say man Activision you made a massive leap from the old Call of Duty engine to this. But I won't believe it, until I see it for myself.
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codename13  +   728d ago
and I bet they're gonna use this same tech for next 10 years without making any update xD
SkyCrawler  +   729d ago
For some reason I cant get over how creepy next gen faces look(to me)....As impressive as they are theyre so freaky looking. Even if they show some kindve emotion. Its especially hard when the pictures are med-large sized and I have my fingers across my eyes. Im excited for next gen but I gotta get rid of my fear. :/
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Lone_Man  +   729d ago
dude do u have some issues??
Hydrolex  +   729d ago
SkyCrawler I know you in person and you look creepy too bro ! no offense
Chapulin  +   729d ago
Amazing. Actors start looking for a real job.
RememberThe357  +   728d ago
Yeah... No. Someone still has to read those lines someone still needs to act so the animators have a reference.

But those were impressive, I'm not as skeptical as other people are, I think characters will look like that. Just look at Crysis 3 on consoles, or at Beyond, or the new God of War. We're already seeing some really cool stuff and all of that is only gonna get better as developers move to this new hardware. I'm pumped.
Eldyraen  +   729d ago
Personally I think it looks great but there is still a certain amount of glassiness to the eyes here and there. To be fair though the detail is insane and looks great from a distance (well looks great at all angles, just some are more 'fake' than others) and is always hardest to get right no matter the medium. The video (don't remember where I saw it) looked better although it also highlighted flaws like they usually do (eyes again being main issue). The video wasn't quite as impressive as some of the other tech demos due to less realistic animation but they might had been intentionally exaggerating it at times to show wider range of motion (which would be great for non-human characters in other games).

I love all the tech and gameplay videos we've seen so far though as just looks fantastic and a significant boost from this generation all around (and in many cases better than what we've seen on PC which only makes sense--half of it is running on PC but designed with next gen in mind so ups the ante compared to games of today).

This next year and onwards should just be great all around for console and PC gamers both especially since the architecture is more familiar for all platforms (according to rumors for Xbox naturally) and probably easier to port to PC (easy=less money to do it) so we might see even more new games than we did this generation.

I can't wait for new consoles to be released although there's still quite a few games between now and then to hold me over. Plus a backlog that's only growing longer as time goes by.
hesido  +   729d ago
I think they have done an extremely good job, the eyes hold even when zoomed, tho I haven't seen it in action.

(Comparing the eyes to the Nvidia faceworks demo, they trump the Nvidia demo)
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hesido  +   729d ago
I've just seen it in action and they use the faceworks tech :)
fermcr  +   729d ago
Looks great.
ijust2good  +   729d ago
Why is it they always show these tech demos with heads only and mostly of bald people? Im guessing most of the hardware power is being used to render the face only in real time and incapable of rendering entire body let alone the ingame world. These stupid tech demos need to stop. Its been done back in 2008. Nothing new. Its obvious these tech demos are not capable in real world scenarios in real time. What a joke. Tech demos to promote video games should be banned.
hesido  +   729d ago
These provide the ground-work for the next generation visuals with fully interactive worlds. So I think they do serve a purpose.
tigertron  +   729d ago
For once I could barely tell if it was real life. Incredible, but I'm sceptical that these will be the graphics that we'll be seeing in the COD series next-gen. It won't be 120fps that's for sure.
EffectO  +   729d ago
Yogurt is the future.
DigitalSmoke  +   729d ago
Activision has no place in a graphics discussion, they released a ton of shooters that didnt evolve, and they can't have a third party CGI studio render a few awesome faces for them and expect to be taken seriously.


Nvidia what ?
FlyingFoxy  +   729d ago
More looking forward to Source 2, at least Valve update their engine on new game releases with extra effects and better visuals.
unchartedxplorer  +   729d ago
"New" and "Call of Duty" should never appear in the same sentence
badz149  +   728d ago
you mean "new engine", right?
Because if you're not born yesterday, you should have known that the term "new Call of Duty" comes out every year right after a "new Call of Duty" is released since 2006!
sandman224  +   729d ago
ps4 only? i highly doudt it.
DeadlyFire  +   729d ago
I am thinking more like PS4 exclusive DLC while Microsoft has Battlefield exclusive DLC or some crap like that. OMG a gun with a green or blue x on it or some other BS timed exclusive DLC.
Shacojin  +   729d ago
I sense the conversion of many Call of Duty fans to Battlefield with the impending next gen.
Looks really nice. I know it's a different lighting scenario but it looks better than the Nvidia demo. (prolly due the models actually looking human)
Tapani  +   729d ago
If that is the indicative level of detail in the next Call of Duty game(s), I don't think I have the heart to pull the trigger anymore.
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NatureOfLogic  +   729d ago
I know I'll buy the next COD day 1. I'll get BF4 at some point for the single player though. BF3 was just too slow for my liking. COD with these graphics, 60fps > BF4, 30fps. I'm talking about consoles btw. We all know gaming PCs are robot tanks from the future/s

imo, BF will always be chasing COD.
Saleem101  +   729d ago
Great another aim assist scrub...
trenso1  +   729d ago
Great another battlefield elitist...
WUTCHUGUNNADO  +   728d ago
Great two FPS fans calling each other out for something they have common ground in.
Themba76  +   728d ago
it's been confirmed BF4 will be 60 fps on next gen consol's so COD better come up
with another gimmick
ISNeko  +   729d ago
I was perfectly fine with how this gen looked already. Its nice that things are getting better visually, but I want more innovation. More pushing of the envelope and idea stretching, immersion. I don't need shooty gun game 200.
guitar_nerd_23  +   729d ago
Those faces look like great shaders on slightly funky models.
HeavenlySnipes  +   729d ago
Looks amazing but will any of their games actually ustilize this? Or are they just showing off?
T3MPL3TON  +   729d ago
This is their idea of next gen?
josephayal  +   729d ago
Call of Duty is absolutely maxing out the consoles
sourav93  +   729d ago
Wow...wasn't expecting that. If Activision brings this kind of graphical fidelity to their next gen CoD games, and with the new gameplay of BF4 that was revealed yesterday, its gonna be a hell of a battle between the two franchises. Though the only thing sthat battlefield might have over CoD are the larger maps, vehicular warfare, dedicated servers (consoles) and the higher player count. If all these issues can be addressed for CoD, next gen will be really interesting.
OmniSlashPT  +   729d ago
Its not even real-time gameplay, just a nice looking tech demo to try to fool people that they're working hard for next gen after seeing BF4 reveal.
AdventurelessHero  +   729d ago
now they have to fix the problems with all the trash talking 12 year olds on the servers.
Fil101  +   729d ago
Activision don't give a shit about the ages of the (kids) playing cod, money money money and if the ps4 is going to be as cheep as speculation says it is then well have a shit load of kids on ps4 from day 1.
theWB27  +   728d ago
Or it could be you can't guad against a kid playing the game. How do you regulate this? Age restriction does nothing...someone can log in for you...so they can't really give a sh!t about something they have no way of controlling.
DeadlyFire  +   729d ago
They just need a mute button. Click it and problem solved.
pissed999  +   729d ago
The game will still involve walking in a straight line playing wack-a-mole and a multiplayer consisting of throwing peanutes at the player to reward them even for losing. It's the cancer of gaming.
dogdirt2000  +   729d ago
They're putting Jimenez' (iryoku.com) years of skin shading research/experience to good use I see.
GABRIEL1030  +   729d ago
Since MW2 I don't buy COD games. But if the next COD is only for next generation I'll buy it. I don't want to buy more current gen games becuase Im tired of the same textures and effects.
e-p-ayeaH  +   729d ago
On PC there´s no limits if you care so much about graphics.
kB0  +   729d ago
Quake 3 engine not good enough anymore? :S
cyclindk  +   729d ago
Nice eyelash tech... Mascara game anyone!!!
shodaime  +   729d ago
That graphics more impressed me than battlefield 4
kB0  +   728d ago
ofc it did, this is a tech demo in a controlled environments that renders only the head, while BF 4 actually renders a whole environment, action and effects...

Seriously did IQs drop all of a sudden?

Let's see this put in reality, then we'll talk. Nvidia did this good looking heads 5 years ago in tech demos, no games have seen that detail yet.

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