No new engine for Black Ops II
It’s been a long time since the game engine in the Call of Duty series has been changed, and Black Ops II isn’t going to break that trend. According to Mark Lamia of Treyarch, Black Ops II doesn’t need a new engine, despite the constantly improving graphics of other FPS games.
Lamia likened the engine to an old house: “”Just because you’re remodeling the house and it will look new or it will have a new kitchen, you don’t tear out the foundation, or break out some of the framing. You might even go as hardcore as replacing the plumbing, and we will do that sort of thing, as an analogy. It’s a gross simplification, but it’s one way to say that. There’s a lot of good still in that foundation that you wouldn’t get rid of, and we don’t. We look to advance in the areas that support our game design.
“Engines, each time they get touched, they change. The creators alter them; they don’t modify what they don’t need to, and then they alter what they need to. You can’t make a competitive product if you’re not upgrading that engine along the way.”
So Black Ops II is not going to see a new engine, though Treyarch will no doubt bring their personal touch.