When Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 released last year there were some complaints that visually the game looked exactly the same as previous titles in the franchise. This has led to some to call for a new game engine, but could a new console be a more realistic move forward for the game?
The engine that was used for MW3 first saw the light of day back in 2005 with Call of Duty 2, and has only seen some minor tweaks since then. Velocity Gamer feels that both Treyarch and Infinity Ward know how to make a great multiplayer game, especially when it comes to bringing fans back for more. The franchise has been gaining in popularity in the last few years but it doesn’t seem that Activision has done much to improve the experience.
Currently the game has no dedicated online servers despite the huge revenue the game draws in, and not forgetting the extra income earned via DLC content. There will be some who think it is time that the game was treated to a new engine to run on, along with its own servers. The franchise big rival last time round was Battlefield 3, which was treated to the impressive Frostbite 2 engine.
We have wondered in the past whether the constant annual releasing of games such as Call of Duty are as good as titles like Skyrim and GTA V. There will obviously be no chance of Activision taking a break with Call of Duty until the next generation of consoles from Sony and Microsoft becomes available.
Recently we heard that Activision had promised the next title will bring ‘meaningful innovation’ to the franchise, which is believed to be Black Ops 2. After each Call of Duty game has been released in recent years there has been some users saying they won’t purchase another one because of the similarities. There is a good chance though the next release will again break sales records, but some fans may feel left a little cheated if the game is too similar to previous offerings.
The franchise probably won’t see a new engine on the current gen systems, and there is a good chance that developers are already working on next gen platforms already if recent job ads are anything to go by. While there were complaints of recycling with MW3 the game still sold really well, but if the practice were to continue some Call of Duty fans may at least delay getting the next release.
Do you want to see a new engine for the Call of Duty franchise?