Activision giving next-gen tech talk at GDC

Call of Duty publisher's graphics researcher Jorge Jimenez will show off next-generation visuals at conference in March; Pixar also to give talk.

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Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard will showcase what next-generation game assets could look like in March during the 2013 Game Developers Conference. Activision Blizzard real-time graphics researcher Jorge Jimenez will lead a talk titled Photorealistic Eyes Rendering and Deformation at the conference, which will focus on the publisher's next-gen pursuits.

More specifically, Jimenez will show off next-gen shading technology running on a "plausible game rig." In addition, he will detail how Activision plans to overcome the "uncanny valley," a hypothesis that claims viewers may be turned off by visuals that are too lifelike.

Next-generation platforms have not been announced, though Call of Duty developers Treyarch and Infinity Ward are rumored to be working on series entries running on future systems.

GDC organizers have also announced that Pixar Animation Studios' Matthew Luhn (Toy Story series, Monsters Inc., Up) will present a lecture titled The 5 Key Plot Points to Creating a Great Story. Luhn will explain how best to go about creating compelling characters and stories for animation, live-action, and games.

Lastly, it was announced that Creative Assembly's lead designer James Russell will hold a lecture during GDC concerning development dilemmas faced during the production of Total War. His talk is titled Designing Grand Strategy: Making the Mechanics of Total War.

Bungie Studios will also be on-hand at GDC 2013, with creative leads Joe Staten and Christopher Barrett discussing the company's new world, rumored to be titled Destiny.

GDC 2013 takes place in the Moscone Center in San Francisco, California March 25-29.

Discussion

117 comments
Tahir_Ahmad
Tahir_Ahmad

They should first make their ancient CoD engine equal or at least close to current gen engines like CryEngine or FrostBite then we'll talk about next-gen.

NoahRoalson
NoahRoalson

Well, until we see the Xbox 1080 we won't have any new graphics or even a new gameplay experience considering that Call of Duty has become THE mainstream console FPS.

Hardstyler2012
Hardstyler2012

even when these new systems come out i reckon cod will still use the same engine it's been using for the last 100 years!

Dragonborn569
Dragonborn569

As if the developers working for Activision are great at technology, just look at the Call of Duty series, the graphics literally looks like shit when compared to most recent fps games, not to mention other triple AAA games. 

charlyk88
charlyk88

All their games look the same, always the same engine but a bit tuned up. Can't trust these guys.

Xilonix
Xilonix

I think I'll stick to Spiderman (2002).

vaibhavp
vaibhavp

next gen consoles are coming. if some new gears of war or such game that surpasses current gen graphics by a mile, comes out, am sure it will steal thunder from call of duty. but worst part is it will probably a shooter itself. :)

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

"Call of Duty publisher's graphics researcher" Umm... I think they need a better researcher, the games basically look all the same.

kik4444
kik4444

lol, these "next-gen" graphics look EXACTLY like the ones for the first crysis on ultra settings in 2007

Rotondi
Rotondi

Screw next-gen talk, how about next-gen play?

section81
section81

Next-gen tech in graphic??? meh, it's already here, play crysis 1, 2 and later 3 on ultra setting 1080p and up, oh yea battlefield 3 ultra too

billlabowski
billlabowski

Blah blah blah, seen this tech with CryEngine 2 in 2007. 

ShadowOfKratos
ShadowOfKratos

I was hoping Euclideon had injected their unlimited polygons graphics engine into the gaming industry by now... What happened? 

laimis911
laimis911

I hope the demo will be unlike Samaritan Demo which was simply a cut scene without actual gameplay ,which is pointless . 


tightwad34
tightwad34

Is that Eminem? Maybe he should get another job. I swear it seems like all he can do now is whine and bitch on his records. I guess people still like to hear that. Oh, boo, it's so hard being rich as fuck. He's a phony and can do nothing to convince me otherwise.

emgesp
emgesp

I swear to God if Activision continues to use that ancient glorified Quake lll engine for their next-gen COD games I'm going to laugh my ace off. They've made a killing off this franchise, the least they could do is finally upgrade the engine. 

ABakedAlien
ABakedAlien

"viewers may be turned off by visuals that are too lifelike." no way maaaaan

-HaloHitman-
-HaloHitman-

I hope they quit milking Call of Duty for awhile, and improve the engine, so we can get a better experience.

max-hit
max-hit

Next-gen, next gen, next gen, next gen... would someone please define this term for me?

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

Next Gen Will be Better Graphics than this a much better than this!
With same Price We are getting older & the Future is come what we need about the future everything fun , enjoyble & make you Happy!

Aengelus
Aengelus

I think developers are getting lazy and just want to make a quick buck and don't want to utilize the full potential of the technology they are using. Instead they blame their shitty game on the limitations of the console. Look at the PS2, it was the weakest console of its generation in terms of power but it still had some amazing games that are still enjoyed today. To add to that, the PS2 was capable of far more than any developers could realize, if you have ever played Transformers on the PS2 (non-movie game) you can see what the system was capable of but most developers couldn't figure out how to use it properly.  

Scorchstar
Scorchstar

Is that image pre-rendered or running in real-time o-o

If it's real-time, im amazed. I sincerely thought that was real. 

BelaidKL
BelaidKL

Hate being cynical.. I say bring on what you've got!

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

I sincerely don't give a shit

SpazldNinjaDude
SpazldNinjaDude

@Rotondi I want to know the games, not the tech, the tech when it's actually out, the games before. (ok controller before too).

Innos007666
Innos007666

Eminem? If you'r talking about image, it is Infinite, 3D head scan by Lee Perry-Smith.

itchyflop
itchyflop

@nonfanboygamer1 they did black ops II proud i love it and i hate COD games, i was bullied into buying it and im glad i did.

killa32130
killa32130

The current engine is designed for current gen consoles @ 60fps, so its safe to say once next gen consoles come out they'll have a big improvement.

nedrith
nedrith

@max-hit Next generation of consoles, basically the successor to the PS3 and the X360 since the Wii's Next gen console has already released with the Wii U.  DX11 isn't really what defines the Next gen the improvement in hardware specs, the overall design of the console, the new innovative ideas like the gamepad for the Wii U Basically the new stuff.  DX11 is just something that the new hardware can do. 

sev2010
sev2010

@Aengelus we, gamers made the devs to behave like this, when we buy call of dutty every damn year with the same shitty graphic n copycat style, then do u expect em to change their strategies?

emptycow
emptycow

@Scorchstar that image is a live skin demo from like 2011  skin demo it was running on a pc but  dont be shocked if xbox 720 ps3 have skin that looks that good or better

BestJinjo
BestJinjo

@Scorchstar 100% real time. You can download it as an .exe and run it on your computer. I get > 100 fps.

Separable Subsurface Scattering (Real Time)

http://vimeo.com/36048029

That's why when people said we don't need PS4/Xbox 720 last year and that PS3/360 can last until 2015 and have more power to be extracted from them, I would just LOL. I am glad PS4/720 are finally launching soon. Can't wait.

Dragonborn569
Dragonborn569

@killa32130 Designed? Most game improve the graphics significantly, CoD never does. So what you're saying is that CoD is the best looking game on consoles for this gen? My ass.

emgesp
emgesp

@killa32130 

It's about damn time. That ancient engine looks god awful by todays standards, regardless if it can manage 60fps. 

max-hit
max-hit

@nedrith @max-hit Well.. Ah.. thanks. I was being sarcastic. Next gen is a term that these developers spread to say that their new machine is something from another planet. What they call next gen is not something new or impossible to create all the mentioned technologies have already been created and are in use in many other fields. And if it's about adding a few more 3d polygons we already have that on PC gaming. 

Wahab_MinSeo
Wahab_MinSeo

@BestJinjo @Scorchstar You are the man That not Next-Generation of console graphics because they will make better this a much a much better realistic graphics & realistic gameplay
Almost Real Life!!!

itchyflop
itchyflop

@HAZCHEM88 @itchyflop @nonfanboygamer1 haha i love the banter !! im a bf3 boy really but all my pals wont play it. I have a varied selection of over 200 games including all the cods!! the vita version sucks too!!