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Modern Warfare 2' Is Truly Indistinguishable

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While it’s been known for a while that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 will use a new engine like the Warzone sequel, now that the campaign has arrived early, we’re starting to see exactly what it looks like.

And wild.

A viral video is circulating excitementshowcases a mission set in Amsterdam. And it’s so wildly detailed that it seems almost indistinguishable from reality, almost on par with a little bit of banter. better way more than real photos.

Some point out that in this case, this mission is more or less a “corridor” mission, where you are not in a major engagement, just walking down the street on a predetermined path with minimal combat. It looks like it was tailor-made to show off the tech’s capabilities. And those capabilities… are very broad. I remembered the Unreal Engine 5 Matrix tech demo which was the most realistic looking rendered city I’ve ever seen in the game and was just the beginning of what was possible (Modern Warfare 2 doesn’t use UE5).

If there is a shortcoming, it is that the realism of the human characters does not quite fit the realism of their surroundings, from their movements to their appearance. Not they terrible, but they’re not great either. You can see more in the full video of the mission:

This is the first game to be made using this new engine and it shows that there are many bigger and better offerings to come as we continue to maximize its capabilities. While we’ve entered this new generation of consoles for a few years, we haven’t fully reached their potential yet, and of course on PC with things like the new 4090, it’s a completely different story as to how far things can go. Even games like Cyberpunk 2077 on CDPR’s aging REDengine look flawless with the best technology available. Imagine what will happen when to do They will make their next game on Unreal Engine 5.

This is in stark contrast to the arrival of the metaverse, where a recent point of contention is how poor Meta’s Horizon graphics are, even with the promised upgrades. As more traditional video games continue to move forward into the future, a platform like VR continues to catch up with technology from two generations ago, with very rare exceptions like Half Life: Alyx.

This video more or less sold me on the Modern Warfare 2 campaign after skipping the last two. Gotta see what else this game can do, I guess.

Update: A bit more about why this new engine looks so good and how we can expect other non-Modern Warfare games to use it too, given the big change coming to the series.

The big thing about this new engine for Modern Warfare 2 is that Call of Duty has changed so that everything is done in one unified engine, instead of different versions as it was in the past.

“When one of the teams put in a really cool rendering or sound or animation feature,” Patrick Kelly, Infinity Ward co-studio head and Modern Warfare 2 creative director, said in a preview in June 2022, “then a lot of people put it in the other engine. and then again on another engine.”

But that doesn’t mean all games will feel. exactly the same:

“A Black Ops game historically had a slightly different feel – some different art direction and things like that – than an Infinity Ward game. And I’ll tell you, from my point of view, from our point of view, we celebrate and embrace that we don’t want to bring it all together.”

This new Infinity Ward engine we saw in action also uses parts from engines from other studios that have been put together in the “super engine” you see above. The idea is that they use “best of the best” features from all the different engines they’ve worked with before. And yes, that means other games like the next Black Ops game should look just as good.

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