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.

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a_bro1609d ago

well, with all that money they made, they better get to it, before battlefield kills it

aCasualGamer1609d 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-Quality1609d ago

inFAMOUS is also an open world franchise. You can't expect this level of fidelity.


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.

Septic1609d ago

Those pics are amazing!

BitbyDeath1609d 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-MAN1609d ago (Edited 1609d ago )

Did anyone watch the tech-demo : ?

irepbtown1609d ago (Edited 1609d 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).

TopDudeMan1609d ago (Edited 1609d 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_841608d ago

It clearly says in the picture "not actual gameplay". Cut scenes might look like this but not gameplay.

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jcornish1609d ago

I imagine Battlefield shall kill it anyway. Bf3 was so much better than MW3

secretcode1609d ago

To be fair, a lot of games were better than MW3.

Mary-Kate and Ashley: Sweet 16 Licensed to Drive for instance.

nypifisel1609d 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^^

artdafoo1609d 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.

vZeppelin1609d 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.

Mustang300C20121609d ago (Edited 1609d 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.

negative1608d 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!!!!

nypifisel1608d ago (Edited 1608d 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

vZeppelin1608d 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_Guru1608d 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.

nypifisel1608d 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.

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GraveLord1609d ago

BF3 released, didn't kill anything. What makes you think BF4 will be any different?

HammadTheBeast1609d ago

Actually, it did dent CoD's sales a bit, and it wasn't made to kill, it was made to begin the process.

RememberThe3571609d 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.

nukeitall1608d 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.

irokster1609d 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...

caperjim1609d ago (Edited 1609d 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.

fatstarr1609d 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.

Mustang300C20121609d ago (Edited 1609d ago )

Right because that is the same thing that was said for Battlefield 3

ZombieKiller1609d ago will still get a shitty port and this game will still lag. Despite graphics

Ashunderfire861609d ago (Edited 1609d 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.

codename131608d ago

and I bet they're gonna use this same tech for next 10 years without making any update xD

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