Infinity Ward: New CoD Engine Would Be "Counter-productive"
DICE has the Frostbite 2 engine for Battlfield 3, so might Infinity Ward have a new engine for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which they are rumored to be developing?
Nope. When someone mentioned on Robert Bowling's Twitter page that "someone just needs to spend the $ and construct a new engine for the CoD franchise...ground up," Bowling replied: "That would be counterproductive. An engine takes years and years to develop and get right." For a frame of reference, check out the new Battlefield 3 gameplay, which shows off that aforementioned Frostbite 2 engine. In contrast, all the CoD entries since CoD2 in 2005 have run on the same engine, although modifications and other upgrades have been obvious. We all assume Infinity Ward is cranking away on MW3 and we expect an official announcement soon, but if they want to be competitive with DICE and EA, maybe a new engine will be necessary at some point... The CoD fans don't seem to notice or care that each entry has been using the same engine but then again, both IW and Treyarch have done some pretty amazing things with that piece of technology.
But uh...maybe that Twitter poster has a point. Maybe if Activision didn't have to put out a CoD title every year, someone could make a new engine...
3/2/2011 8:57:11 PM John Shepard