CoD Competitive Edge is 60 FPS
Theres been a bit of mud slinging between the respective sides for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Battlefield 3. While the latter has been praised for its impressive visuals and the Frostbite 2 engine, Sledgehammer Games co-founder Glen Schofield is adamant that MW3s ability to run at 60 frames per second should not be understated.
In an interview with AusGamers at E3, Schofield was asked if the engine that continues to be used to power the Call of Duty series will ever be dropped of favor of something entirely new. He said, "I dont really know. I mean we really revamped this engine. We put a whole new audio system in and it is as competitive as anybody out there. You can go out and name your engine and call it whatever you want, right. You know, Ive done that before; Ive seen that trick and the bottom line is, this game will run at 60 frames a second. Not sure any of our competitors will.
"Not sure Ive seen any of our competitors on the console especially running at 60 frames a second and Id be a little scared at this point -- in June -- if I was looking forward to a particular game that wasnt on the console and running at 60. And I think 60 is our competitive edge and you just dont throw that away."
Some fans have called for Infinity Ward to develop an entirely new engine. Thats obviously easier said than done, as it would require a big investment; as of Black Ops, the Call of Duty series was doing just fine whether or not its running on the latest and greatest technology.
"What you do is you build upon it, right? And build and build and build," Schofield continued. "And we build new tools that make us more efficient. We built brand new tools so that we could put more stuff in. Thats why, youll see a level and youll come out of the water; so weve built all this water. Youve got New York in the background; youve got explosions going on; youve got skyscrapers, then you have this huge submarine coming out of the water. Were able to put so much on the screen because its an engine and its well-known, its very clean and were able to easily upgrade it.
"So I dont know what the future holds for the engine. But you dont ship an engine, you ship a game."
Sledgehammer had been planning to work on an action/adventure Call of Duty game -- a project that has not been forgotten -- but is focused for now on assisting Infinity Ward with development on MW3.
Schofield never directly mentions Battlefield 3, although based upon the way the question is framed, its pretty clear that it is the competitor being referred to. The two games will be squaring off later this year; BF3 is set for release on October 25 followed two weeks later by MW3 on November 8.