A Call of Duty screenshot has been spotted out in the wilds of GDC, shown by Sledgehammer Games who have been charged with creating this years entry in the behemoth franchise.
The original video, hosted by GDC Vault, has sadly since been taken down, but not before those pesky Internet gamers could grab it.
Sledgehammer began their talk by saying, “We can’t talk at all about Call of Duty for this year. [Activision] said you can’t show anything from Call of Duty this year, and you certainly can’t show in-game rendered characters from this year’s game,” before promptly putting up a image which, according to a note on the slide, is a genuine in-game character, as seen above.
Aside from the dead eyes it’s visually solid model. It’s not at the absolute cutting edge, but it looks pretty damn good, and if its what we can really expect to see from Sledgehammer’s Call of Duty then it will be quite the step-up from previous entries.
But then, Sledgehammer need to impress. Infinity Ward’s Call of Duty games have become increasingly dull, while Treyarch continue to at least try new things, even if they don’t always get it right. With a third developer in the mix, and three year development cycles, Sledgehammer has the chance to show the world that Call of Duty can still be at the forefront of innovation and quality within the FPS genre.
Speaking to IGN earlier this year Activision also stated that Sledgehammer would be treating this new Call of Duty as a “next-gen-first”, saying, “Sledgehammer is approaching this as a next-gen-first development. Obviously in the console-transition year, anyone who developed a cross-generational game last year had to deal with the fact that the technology of the next-gen platforms was still coming into focus and changing quite a bit during the development process…. Now that we have the next-gen hardware out in the marketplace and solid, that is our primary development.”
The picture shown certainly seems to represent next-generation character modelling technology that Activision researchers were talking about last year.
So, what have we learned today? Soldiers having faces has been confirmed for Call of Duty 2014.