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How good is Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s new engine? Full breakdown

Published: 1/Jun/2019 21:03 Updated: 1/Jun/2019 23:49

by Eli Becht

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The team at Digital Foundry went into great detail explaining what impact Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s new engine will have on the upcoming game in their analysis.

Something lost in the all the hype of the Modern Warfare announcement is that the game will feature a brand-new engine never seen before in a Call of Duty title.

In a new analysis from Digital Foundry, a group well-known for their in-depth looks into the technicalities of games, we get a look at what this new engine can do.

What can the engine do?

Richard Leadbetter, a member of Digital Foundry, explained how this engine will be able to elevate the series.

“Certainly from a technological standpoint, what we’re looking at here is, in my opinion, a new milestone for the franchise,” he said.

Modern Warfare sounds like it’ll be the best looking Call of Duty to date, which is to be expected with it also being the newest entry. One thing that especially stands out in the trailer is the lighting.

“Every single light source in the game is volumetric in nature,” he explained. 

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God rays, sources of lights that have proven to be very taxing on hardware, appears in Modern Warfare and is baked into the engine, meaning you won’t be able to disable them for better performance like you can on several other games.

“You won’t be able to disable in on PC because doing so could upset gameplay balance.”

Call of Duty is a game that heavily relies on a smooth framerate, something that will still be possible here. Running at 60 frames-per-second has always been considered a must and Infinity Ward looks to again match that here, even with the upgraded graphics.

How long has the engine been in development?

Eurogamer reports this engine has been in the works for at least five years, meaning a lot of fine-tuning has gone into this.

Even better for CoD fans, Infinity Ward’s new engine will be shared with Sledgehammer Raven Games, two other Call of Duty studios, so this new engine won’t be dormant in between games. 

In a perfect world, the engine’s features should translate well into next-gen consoles that will be better able to take advantage of the new features. 

The PS4 and Xbox One are definitely showing their age this long into their life, so new hardware would really be able to show off how the new engine works.

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How to watch Hitch’s $20K Black Ops 2 Invitational: Teams, schedule, more

Published: 28/Oct/2020 5:49 Updated: 28/Oct/2020 5:50

by Brad Norton

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Returning for his final event of the Call of Duty League offseason, Team Summertime’s Davis ‘Hitch’ Edwards is hosting an enormous Black Ops 2 Invitational featuring former champions and popular content creators.

Throwback tournaments have been all the rage throughout the 2020 offseason and no one has been leading the charge quite like Hitch. Outside of hosting Warzone comps, his unique tournaments have spanned from Modern Warfare 2 to Black Ops 4. This time, his sights are set on 2012’s Black Ops 2.

Despite hackers ruining an early test for this particular event, the kinks have all seemingly been worked out. From former championship-winning teams to some of the biggest content creators, Hitch’s final event is set to be the biggest yet.

From how you can tune in, to every player joining the all-star Call of Duty event, we’ve got you covered. Here’s everything there is to know about the Black Ops 2 Invitational.

How to watch the Black Ops 2 Invitational

The final event of the offseason is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 28. Opening matchups will be going live at 3PM EST (12PM PT) and the broadcast will likely run for most of the day.

As per usual, it’s all expected to be featured on Hitch’s own Twitch stream which we’ve embedded below. A majority of the players and creators will likely be sharing their own perspectives throughout the event as well.

Teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational

Some squads feature some of the most successful Call of Duty veterans while others consist of popular streamers. Regardless, every team is stacked with FPS talent so expect some close matchups.

Standing out among the eight rosters is a true throwback. The 2014 world championship team of Crimsix, Karma, TeePee, and ACHES, will be reuniting. Formerly representing Complexity and then Evil Geniuses, these four players haven’t been on the same team since 2014.

The full list of teams competing in the Black Ops 2 Invitational can be found below.

  • Team Dr Disrespect: Dr Disrespect, ZLaner, StoneMountain64, & KingRichard
  • Team CouRageJD: CouRageJD, Parad12e, LEQIQN, & MLGImpulse
  • Team The Mob: Classify, Mako, Froste, Flyroh
  • Team Scump: Scump, Envoy, Merk, & Rambo
  • Team Aydan: Aydan, Ritual, Kismet, & Parasite
  • Team Luli: Lulu, Blazt, Frozone, & Almxnd
  • Team Pamaj: Pamaj, Rated, JHaZe, & Exodass
  • Team TeePee: TeePee, Karma, Crimsix, & ACHES

Not much else is known regarding a specific schedule or format just yet. We’ll be sure to keep you updated when brackets are available.

Keep your eyes peeled for highlights and final results as the Black Ops 2 Invitational gets underway.