Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s New Engine Will Be “Future-Proof”
Veteran game developer studio Infinity Ward is gearing up for the release of the reboot of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, a game that will feature a campaign with a more grounded setting and morally grey situations that are comparable to current combat controversies. Modern Warfare’s multiplayer also seeks to take advantage of small and large player counts, tailoring gameplay to fit both types. While these new features all seem to be great additions to the game, Infinity Ward has also been working very hard on the tech side of things.
According to the developer, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare will feature the franchise’s first brand new engine since 2005. Every new Call of Duty game has looked remarkable for its time due to constant improvements to the team’s IW Engine. That said, iteration must eventually lead to innovation. In an interview with Game Informer, Infinity Ward’s Principal rendering engineer Michal Drobot spoke more about the need to upgrade the engine to fit the next high-end consoles.
Our technology horizon is quite far ahead and ever adjusting to whatever comes next,” he said. “The whole point was to rely on highly scalable technology…quality engineering comes first, as opposed to being overly reliant on specific platform features. Obviously during the optimization phase for any shipping title, we do highly focused optimizations to make sure we are taking the best approach for specific hardware, but that is the final polish pass, not the foundation. With this approach, we are very confident in our engine’s ability to adapt to any future hardware.”
Drobot really brings up a good point about not making certain games reliant on specific platform features. Aspects like motion control on PS3 or touch screen controls on Wii U are features that require developers to mold their programming to fit into an already complete game and can frustrate certain teams. We’ll see if IW’s new engine truly is optimized across all platforms when Call of Duty Modern Warfare releases on September 12th, for PC, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4.
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Colin is a freelance writer for DFTG with previous bylines at other media outlets such as Twinfinite.