Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Treyarch defends IW Engine, even though it’s 7 years old

Treyarch defends IW Engine, even though it’s 7 years old

It’s common knowledge anymore, that Call of Duty means IW Engine. The 7-year-old engine has been the subject of discussion with one of Treyarch’s top men, seeing how the engine will also be used in Black Ops II.

In an interview with OXM that proved very interesting, Treyarch’s game design director David Vondehaar explained that heavy modifications had been made to ensure the game ran robustly, and is surprised when people criticize the game’s technical performance.

Specifically, David Vondehaar said:

“Anybody who comes at the engine needs to remember it’s the 60 frames they love in the first place. And we can make it beautiful – that’s through years and years of working with the engine, improving upon it and improving the pipeline and improving our approach, our lighting rendering.

People like to talk about the engine, but the truth of the matter is that this isn’t like something that was invented six years ago. At this point that engine doesn’t resemble anything like any engine – we’ve ripped out the UI system, the rendering and the lighting are all new, the core gameplay systems are all new.

To me, it’s like I never really understood. It runs at 60 and it’s gorgeous. What exactly is there to be upset about with the engine?”

First used in 2005, in the unforgettable Call of Duty 2, the engine has since then become synonymous with Call of Duty. Black Ops II will use a modifiedIW Engine 3.0, first used in the groundbreaking Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare, and also later used in the original Black Ops game. It is also confirmed that the PC version will get special DirectX 11 treatment.

Call of Duty Black Ops II will launch on PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 on November 13, and on the Wii U with the console’s launch, on November 18.

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  • TheGrimOfDeath

    It would just be awesome if one day if DICE and EA would just let Activision and Treyarch use the Frostbite 2 engine for 1-3 years, but won’t let them release any games with the engine. Then Activision and Treyarch could see what the hell is wrong with their engine. I know that it is great, but hell dude.

  • http://www.starblindgames.com Christos Chatzisavvas

    I don’t think Call of Duty and Frostbite would work. CoD is all about a fast pace, and bullets flying everywhere. 60 FPS is a huge thing for the franchise. It’s about “okay” ballistics, and knowing that you’ll know how to play the damn thing once you grab a controller/keyboard-mouse.

    Battlefield, on the other hand, is the exact opposite. You have to figure out everything; bullet drop, recoil, attachments, classes, character animations.

    I can’t point my finger at what IW Engine “needs”, apart from prettier visuals, but it definitely needs stuff, as everything does. More animations, and more believable animations, would be a good start, too. Fixing the automations (like knifing teleporting you 5 meters forward), and generally other glitches within the engine. You know, mister Vondehaar, not looking pretty is not the only complaint people have about the “technical performance” of the engine.

  • TheGrimOfDeath

    ^ That is also true. The IW engine had other problems from Graphics.

  • nick

    thats exactly the problem though ITS NOT “gorgeous”.
    in fact BO2 looks exactly the same as black ops, which looked slightly better than W@W!
    in short its hardly 2012 quality technology, that is what fans are “upset” about!
    the ps3 version from memory is not even in HD for crying out loud!
    so what your 60FPS, but woopty do hoo!
    not that impressive when your not even HD!