Black Ops Cold War Won’t Run on Modern Warfare Engine

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Features a New Engine

Treyarch and Raven Software have officially confirmed that Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War won’t run on the same engine as Modern Warfare during a recent virtual briefing. Treyarch Co-Head Dan Bunting said during an interview with Charlie Intel that the team is using a new engine for Black Ops Cold War that shares some similarities to the Modern Warfare engine but is otherwise entirely unique. The engine will utilize several tools Treyarch has used since Black Ops 3, but it will be a revamped engine. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War will be releasing for PS4, Xbox One and PC on November 13th, with next-gen versions expected later this year.

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The technology being used to build Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War was created way back in 2015, but it’s being revamped with aspects of Infinity Ward’s Modern Warfare engine while continuing to use tools from previous Black Ops games. Dan Bunting claimed that the engine is “intended to be scalable and broad to work on future platforms” as a cross-generational title. With Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War releasing for Xbox Series X and PS4 during its lifecycle, it makes sense that the engine will be scalable to allow for an easy transition to next-gen.

Raven Software Lighting Director Alberto Noti chimed in about the lighting that the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War engine utilizes, saying that it will “push Call of Duty visual boundaries.” The next-gen Call of Duty title will also have vintage looking location-specific colour palettes in an effort to make the game more immersive and to bring the gamers back a few decades. Real-time lighting tech, and more immersive elements like fog will apparently still retain the photorealistic and “visually-sharp modern graphics.”

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