Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare Uses Version of "Avatar 2" Facial Animation System

Sledgehammer Games using system powered by the same tech that will be used to produce James Cameron's upcoming movie.

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This fall's Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare uses a facial animation system powered by the same technology and techniques that will be used to produce James Cameron's upcoming movie Avatar 2. That's according to a teaser for Edge's story about Advanced Warfare.

Publisher Activision previously said that Advanced Warfare will deliver a "near photorealistic" world. We've already seen some of the game's facial animations, as a story trailer for Advanced Warfare got up close with actor Kevin Spacey's impressive-looking character, Jonathan Irons.

Cameron's original Avatar hit theaters in 2009. Avatar 2 is expected to be released in December 2016.

According to Activision, the new three-year Call of Duty development cycle meant that Advanced Warfare developer Sledgehammer Games was able to create a "near photorealistic world unlike any Call of Duty before." At GDC 2013, Activision R&D staffers showed off some seriously staggering next-gen character models, though they cautioned that they do not represent actual game assets.

Advanced Warfare launches November 4 for Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PC. Sledgehammer Games is working on the Xbox One, PS4, and PC versions, while a studio to be named later is handling the Xbox 360 and PS3 iterations. For more on Advanced Warfare, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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Discussion

64 comments
blueboxdoctor
blueboxdoctor

Big deal.  Avatar had good animation and all that but had an awful story and cookie cutter characters.  


As for COD, well I've never cared much about the stories (some of the WWII ones had good stories but most of them on last gen were pretty forgettable story wise).  I'm not a big COD fan but I do find myself enjoying the gameplay when I play them, as there's usually a lot of crazy fun action.  I'm curious to see if this COD will try to shake things up in terms of gameplay, because if I want story I'll go play Bioshock or something along those lines.  COD to me is more like an old school/arcade type game that's all about delivering a ton of fun rather than a deep or immersive story.

TERMINATOR-SSD
TERMINATOR-SSD

so does that mean Avatar 2 will have crappy animations, Because COD Advance Doggy Ghosty Over and Over Warfare, does not look that impressive.....and as its also coming out on older consoles it cant really shine all that much on the new systems because the game will have to consider the limitations of the older consoles. IS there even a point to own a 'Next-Gen' console yet. 

liffaman
liffaman

Which mean... we're gonna protect the trees now?! dddaaammm ....

yeah.... but the animation is sweet though! :D (sarcasm)


canand
canand

This game is comeing to Wii U

canand
canand

This game is comeing out for Wii U GameSpot

barn79
barn79

"This will be the most ambitious Call of Duty to date".... :D

parabol69
parabol69

Last year it was the dog.  This year is facial animations.  Activision sure sure is pushing the envelope in FPS'.  (sarcasm)

TacticaI
TacticaI

Lmao, I love how ''Avatar 2'' is supposed to get people hyped up to play another COD game. Hilarious. 

Epicsand
Epicsand

HOLY SHIT!!! This is Call of Cryisis: On a Battlefield for Critical Counter Strikes to Bioshock Crisis on a Homefront when there is a Titanfall to prevent the rise of the Half-Life!!!! MODERN COMBAT EDITION!!!! Get your own ideas Actifission. LIKE MY COMMENT!!!

Epicsand
Epicsand

Take notes Activision. The people want you to add new things, but if you add new things, stop it, you're copying everything, but we can't tell you how. Nothing you add to the game will be original or not an exact copy of everything from everyone's favorite games, whether or not there are facts or logic to support their claims.

tonytones21
tonytones21

So they've moved past the fish AI. Good to know.

godslayer61
godslayer61

this is so lame just like there relestic dogs lol, like any one can notice when there playing look at the hair on the arms or the dogs teeth lol you can't even see it in game. Hey guys it's not a rpg it is the King of generic shooters 


koospetoors
koospetoors

Will the fish have realistic facial expressions alongside AI now too?


NOW THATS NEXT GEN

Hurvl
Hurvl

Will this make the game more fun and/or less linear? While some people enjoy the story of CoD's campaigns and realistic facial expressions can increase the immersion of that story, several other areas are also needed to make a great game.

wizzzer_thy_133
wizzzer_thy_133

if Kevin Spacey in that trailer was the result, i'm sorry but better stick to existing tech... Kevin looked way too uncanny valley creepy.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

No matter how had CoD sucks. One thing they always got right was believable animations. The character animations are just believable. Even if the story isn't.

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Its one thing I have learned with COD. I bought Ghosts my first COD game.  They do an outstanding job if making a game trailer. I still see Ghosts Trailer in stores for the game. The trailers look awesome. But then I go home and play the game and its just "meh".  This trailer for the new game looks awesome. But I'm now thinking the gameplay will be "meh" as well. they have mentioned that the multiplayer will have some of the things you see in the trailer for the campaign. Will be interesting to see if they truly make a new style of game  with mech suits and vehicles.

raddys2001
raddys2001

I'll see what they have didn't buy the last COD not because there was nothing new it just felt rushed and it was copy and paste.  Unfortunately even if this one is not impressive people are still going to buy it regardless.

beuneus12
beuneus12

If i remember correctly it was just an easy way of capturing facial animations to make m replicate points on a persons face, instead of doing it manually. 

Just easier and more realistic technology, not gonna make the game any better multiplayer wise, unless your character actually talks trash while you talking through your mike :p

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

Yet it still looks like the same engine. Who the fuck do they think they are fooling? The game still looks like shit for such a small corridor shooter. Embarrassing is you ask me.


Same shit, different coat of shit.

hitomo
hitomo

they should render Avatar with cryengine

streetz_86
streetz_86

This is truly amazing stuff! Can't wait to see what kind of awesome gaming technology is in store for us in the future!

SPBoss
SPBoss

Before it was crap.. now it's high definition animated crap

Razor10000
Razor10000

copy paste cod4 and "avatar 2" facial animation system. there you go people, the new call of duty! get excited!

atleast is better than advanced fish ai.

robertcain
robertcain

Well at least Advanced Warfare will LOOK next-gen this time around; much better than all the lies and BS IW gave to us with Ghosts. Whether it can win me back in terms of gameplay is another story...

spartanx169x
spartanx169x

Right now I expect that there will be little difference between movies and game visually 10 years from now or sooner.

The-Neon-Seal
The-Neon-Seal

So they're finally changing up the engine? Sweet.

NTM23
NTM23

Hm, alright, that's cool. (What else is there to say?)

crazedged
crazedged

Why? Practically everything you can do with a shooter like this has been done already.

This will never be innovative like it used to be. No game series that I've ever heard of has completely revolutionized the FPS genre with EVERY INSTALLMENT. Rabid fanboys and advertisements would have you think that, but they don't.

Nothing we say will change much, though. It'll sell like hotcakes regardless

crazedged
crazedged

I would take you more seriously if you didn't sound like a fifth grader

crazedged
crazedged

No, give it a robo-dog.

And even rounder sights.

And make a new co-op mode with Terminators.

THAT'S NEXT GEN RIGHT THERE

Fantasticus
Fantasticus

@spartanx169x you missed out on cod4, bo1, & bo2. what a shame :(
 ghosts is the worst cod to date. there's no way advanced warfare could be any worst...

omrgold
omrgold

@spartanx169x I know this is 2 days after :P, but shame really you started on Ghosts. COD4, WaW, or MW2 would have been the best places to experience the legitimate COD that it should still be :/

crazedged
crazedged

I am offended by your statement somehow

Epicsand
Epicsand

@eternaldragoonx He does not look "like a mannequin" in the game. If he has looked like a mannequin in the past, which would be reality, because this is his first Call of Duty and video game appearance, and he "still" looks like one in-game, he would not have been hired and had a successful acting career, or it would be the intended goal and not a surprise.

Trickymaster
Trickymaster

@eternaldragoonx That's because of their outdated engine. It doesn't have the shaders that CryEngine or Unreal Engine packs. Well actually it does. But they don't use them because it's more important for them to keep the game 60 fps.


If they used those shaders and lighting the fps would drop to 30 right away and then people would scream.

WingChopMasta
WingChopMasta

@robertcain No, no..it is all BS. Have you seen the trailer? Doesn't look any different really. They have just figured out how to give plastic people more facial emotions which is just terrifying.