While many of you think that Black Ops 2 looks great in its new futuristic home, there are some of you who are a bit disappointed with the graphics quality seen in the trailer.
For those of you that aren’t aware, Treyarch are still using the same game engine that they used in the first Black Ops game. According to studio head Mark Lamia though, this isn’t a bad thing since ‘extensive’ improvements have been made to the existing engine.
The key piece of information to pick out from his comments though, is that Lamia has said that Treyarch does not need a new engine in order to improve on the visual quality of Black Ops 2. It’s important to remember that the graphics were not the main point of interest in Black Ops – the gameplay was. That game went on to be the most successful in history, so perhaps Treyarch are looking to repeat that with the priority on gameplay again for Black Ops 2.
As we have seen with Battlefield 3 though, a new engine is always great. We won’t see a new engine for Black Ops 2, but who knows we may see Infinity Ward use a new engine for Modern Warfare 4, especially if the next-generation consoles arrive. From our point of view, a nice looking game is always a plus, but it’s the gameplay that counts in the end and Black Ops delivered – probably more so than Modern Warfare 3 which is coming in for a lot of heat.
Could Black Ops 2 be the final Call of Duty game where developers can ‘get away’ with rehashing existing engines? Let us know where your priorities lie with regards to graphics vs gameplay. Do you think Treyarch has done a good job with Black Ops 2, using the same engine based on the trailer they’ve released?