Report: Call of Duty 2021 will run on Modern Warfare’s engine

A new report from website VGC provides some fresh info on the 2021 Call of Duty game, which is rumored to be called Vanguard.

Per the new article from VGC, the 2021 Call of Duty title is set to run on the new Modern Warfare engine introduced in 2019.

Modern Warfare’s ‘IW8’ 2019 engine was a massive revamp of the Call of Duty engine. The engine was in development by Infinity Ward’s Poland studio for almost 5 years before seeing the day of light in 2019 with the release of Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

The 2021 Call of Duty game, which is being developed by Sledgehammer Games, is set to return to the Modern Warfare engine.

This might be a welcome change for players who enjoyed the improvements and performance the new engine brought. Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War stayed on Treyarch’s own engine, which is quite different in many ways to the Modern Warfare engine.

Activision announced the IW8 engine back in May 2019, and described it in-depth both to press and fans in multiple showcases.

The features described for the ‘IW8’ engine were:

The new technology utilizes the latest advancements in visual engineering, including a physically-based material system allowing for state of the art photogrammetry, a new hybrid tile based streaming system, new PBR decal rendering system, world volumetric lighting, 4K HDR, DirectX Raytracing (PC) and more as well as a new GPU geometry pipeline. Spectral rendering delivers thermal heat radiation and infrared identification for both thermal and night-vision in-game imaging. The technical investment provides a cutting edge animation and blend shape system, while the new suite of audio tools supports full Dolby ATMOS, on supported platforms, along with the latest in audio simulation effects.

The 2021 Call of Duty title is set to return to WWII era for the franchise, with the name of the game reportedly being ‘Vanguard.

Per VGC’s article, the depth of integration between Call of Duty: Warzone and Call of Duty 2021 remains uncertain. As of now, the two games are expected to share weapons and overall progression similar to the integration between Cold War and Warzone. But a new WWII-themed map for Warzone remains uncertain due to ” scheduling issues and the significant change in time setting,” VGC says.

Activision executives confirmed back in February 2021 during an earnings call that the studios “learned a lot” on how to best integrate Warzone with premium releases after the Cold War…

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