That’s the word from Treyarch’s head guy Mark Lumia. He insist that don’t need a completely new game engine to improve the graphics and overall visuals for Black Ops 2. The engine that is being used in Call Of Duty: Black Ops II is the same engine both Treyarch and Infinity Ward have been using since 2005’s Call Of Duty 2. The engine is actually based on the id Tech 3 engine, but the COD team has upgraded and heavily modified it to suit their purposes.
With all the money that the franchise makes, a lot of fans want to see Activision invest in a new game engine that could be used to further improve all aspects of the game. Lumia counters that a new engine isn’t necessary and that upgrading the current engine was enough to meet the development team’s design goals. Essentially Treyarch is saying that by making modifications to certain components of the code and sometimes completely rewriting it they can get the desired results. While on the surface the idea of a completely new game engines sounds great, in practice it would probably be more harm than good at this point and would probably take years to develop. At this point, it seems that they are more comfortable with the devil they know. This doesn’t mean that I don’t think that they could use a new engine because I do but it has to be done in a manner that works for their design schedule, I mean we all remember what happened when 2K Sports decided up to just change the multiplayer component.
With that said, Lumia did note that for Black Ops 2 they did focus on and have put a significant amount of work into improving the graphics and lighting. In Black Ops 2 the team has worked on HDR lighting, bounce lighting, self-shadowing and a new texture technique called reveal mapping that all runs at 60 frames per second.
So there you have it, Call Of Duty: Black Ops 2 won’t have an entirely new engine but the core engine is receiving some significant upgrades. Are these changes enough, or do you think that Activision will have to invest in a completely new engine to truly push the gameplay and graphics of Call Of Duty to the next level? Hit up the comments and leave us your thoughts.