Online retailer Tesco may have spilled the beans on Activision’s upcoming Call of Duty title. According to the game’s description on the retailer’s website – a page that is no longer unavailable – Call of Duty: Ghosts uses a new game engine. Exciting stuff, right? However, things may not be as good as you’d hoped. Why you ask? But because we’re pretty sure that this ‘new’ engine is simply an evolution of the current engine that is being used in the previous COD titles and nothing more.
“The franchise that has defined a generation of gaming is set to raise the bar once again with the all-new Call of Duty®: Ghosts. Published by Activision and developed by Infinity Ward, the studio that created the original Call of Duty and the seminal Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® series, Call of Duty: Ghosts ushers in the next generation of the franchise, delivering a riveting all-new gameplay experience built on an entirely new story, setting and cast, all powered by a new next-generation Call of Duty engine.”
We’ve seen a lot of press release claiming this very same thing, so this is nothing new. After all, Bethesda claimed that Skyrim’s engine was a brand new engine that was built from the ground up. Well, by now you all know that Skyrim’s engine was not a brand new engine.
But why are we so certain that this is a ‘heavily modified’ version of CoD’s previous engine? According to NeoGAF’s member ‘Nirolak’ findings, Activision has been searching for a senior systems designer that has experience with ID Tech / Radiant.
Assuming that this job is for the new CoD title, then we can safely say that CoD: Ghosts engine will be a derivative of the engine that has been used in all previous CoD games.
The big question, though, is whether CoD: Ghosts will get a cross-platform release. If that’s the case, then Activision and the teams working on this new CoD may use the old engine for the current-generation console versions and a brand new one for the version that will be released on the next-generation platforms. That seems unlikely, but you never know.
It is said that Call of Duty: Ghosts will be unveiled on May 1st, so stay tuned for more!