The gaming world is eagerly awaiting Battlefield 3 to to make its big splash later this year and see if all the hype is justified. Praise for the upcoming title has come around from just about every media outlet, which is helping to back up EA's early claim that DICE's next entry in the Battlefield franchise is going to be the best product in the industry this year.
Meanwhile in the other camp at Activision, Infinity Ward community manager Robert Bowling responded to tweets suggesting that their money would be well spent on a new engine by saying that creating a new one for their next title would be counter productive. DICE would later use this ammunition against its competition, calling its competitor lazy for using the same engine and gameplay formula repeatedly.
You would think with all this hate that the Activision Call of Duty developers might not be fans of the rivals that keep slamming them - but this doesn't seem to be the case. In a recent interview with HipHopGamer, Treyarch Community Manager Josh Olin spoke humbly and favorably of the incredible visuals produced by the Frostbite 2.0 engine.
"I thought it looked really beautiful. It was a visually stunning engine; it looked great. I think their Fault Line trailer that they released had some awesome DirectX 11 effects going on. I know that was running on a PC so I'm looking forward to seeing on the 360 and PS3."
When pressed about how the Call of Duty developer felt with regard to pushing the envelope, and upping the ante, in response to Frostbite 2.0, Olin was sure to set the record straight that despite using an old engine for Call of Duty didn't mean that they were being limited.
"Irrespective of what anyone else does we always need to be elevating that quality bar. The Call of Duty engine is very lightweight, versatile, its got a long lineage, and it's something that our team is just really experienced with. Both teams are. The engine's really good. Its a very powerful engine and we can layer in and update those things if we want to."
The question then stands, will they? Apart from currently working on DLC for the reigning king of all games Black Ops, no information is known about Treyarch's next project. The developer has recently said that they would be interested in working on a near-future shooter, but made sure to keep himself distant from the notion that it was actually going to happen.
At any rate, we'll be eagerly awaiting news regarding Modern Warfare 3 as we get closer to this year's E3, just so we can see how Infinity Ward responds to DICE's threat to take over the shooter market.
Do you feel reassured that Call of Duty is going to be fine going forward, or do you feel like Olin's calm composure is a sign that the franchise's developers are not taking the threat posed by Battlefield 3 seriously enough?
Source: HipHopGamer Show