Wednesday, 23 April 2014 16:52
Call of Duty Picture Proves Just How Behind Franchise Is FeaturedWritten by Mike Tomasson
Sledgehammer have given us a glimpse of what we are to expect from the graphics engine of the up-coming Call of Duty game that, if history repeats itself, will most likely release October this year. Seriously? Are we supposed to be impressed?
Last year Activision was supposed to impress us with how advanced and "next-gen" call of Duty Ghosts was going to be, but instead of showing us that they really focused on breathing new life in to this dying franchise they spent hours talking about the fish in the sea, the dog's fur, and the hairs on a soldier's arm -- and when Call of Duty Ghosts finally launched it wasn't well received. The major change that Infinity Ward had made to the game was adding bots. Call of Duty Ghosts is known to be the worst game in the franchise so far.
To get us hyped Sledgehammer have leaked a little teaser that is somehow supposed to impress with how advanced their new graphics engine is. Sure, there's a lot of detail in the soldier's face; we can clearly see the little dimples and freckles on his face, and the ripped and frayed chinstrap on the the helmet. This has got me worried that this is going to be the big change that Activision are ready to make to this franchise. Finally, after 7 years, Activision a ready to spend a little chump change and updating the engine -- but is it purely cosmetic?
This screenshot may have impressed us, say, three years ago, but we've got games out on the market today for both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One that look much better, take Killzone Shadow Fall and Ryse for example. Also, no one is really going to be paying attention to the wrinkles on a soldiers face in a game like Call of Duty. The entire engine needs an overhaul, not just the graphics.
I fear Activision may be blowing smoke in our faces again. Getting us hyped for what might be the prettiest looking Call of Duty game to date, but that is not enough to revive this mortally wounded franchise. Battlefront, Titanfall and Destiny are standing close by ready to put this dying dog out of its misery.