A new job listing at Sledgehammer Games’s Gamasutra page seems to give a few details regarding what we might expect from COD 2014 in terms of graphical enhancements. The posting is for a Temporary VFX Artist.

The VFX team at Sledgehammer Games is looking for experienced and passionate VFX artists to join our AAA team. In this position, the artists will work closely with the Lead VFX Artist, Art Director, Technical Art Director, Lighting and Design team to create the most exceptional real-time effects with hyper realism for our current project. The candidates will have the opportunity to contribute in various areas of in-game effects including but not excluding weaponry effects, vehicle destruction, large-scaled rigid body simulations and environmental effects such as fire, smoke, water, and weather system.

The last sentence is quite intriguing. It suggests that COD 2014 could possibly have new environmental effects, including weather systems.

The listing also calls for someone who is experienced with not only next-gen, but current gen platforms as well. Activision confirmed that this years game will be coming to current gen.

β€œAt least 2 to 3 years of next-gen visual effects development on console hardware (360, PS3),” and, β€œExperience with and a good working knowledge of the limitations and expectations of current generation hardware (360, PS3).”

As we reported back in January, Sledgehammer has been heavily recruit recently for tons of temporary jobs, meaning the game is gearing up into it’s final stages. The game has been in development for over 2 years now. Activision has confirmed that Call of Duty has changed into a 3 year dev cycle, and that’s about all we know for now.

We don’t have exact info on the game yet; we’ll keep you posted.

SOURCE: Gamasutra via VG247

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  • Hold your horses. These are all things that have been present in past Call of Duty games and may mean nothing more than Sledgehammer, currently, doesn’t have the personnel required to make such systems possible.

    As much as I’d love dynamic weather in CoD games, I’m not expecting it.

  • Baldmanz_RAGE

    Is it at all concerning that they are looking for these people now when the game should be heading for the final stages or at least preparing for an Alpha?

    • LikeaSomeboday

      Exactly, they should be making next years game, not this years.

      • HenryDF

        Why? There are always temporary jobs closer to launch to fine-tune features and get them right – simply because they’re looking for jobs now is no reason for them to make next year’s game.

    • Keshav Bhat

      Same every year. Always have temporary jobs closer to launch.

    • Yea,atleast they should delay the game if its supposed to come out in November

    • sharpshooter

      although it may just be an extention to an alpha version.

  • Daniel M

    ohhh boy if they had dynamic weather that would be epic

    • LikeaSomeboday

      How would that work?

      • RdJokr

        Something like the fog in Call of the Dead in Black Ops.
        In some cases, we could have a snow map. Mid-round, there can be a snowstorm, temporarily affecting your vision. After that, there could be thicker snow in certain areas, slowing players down. Something like that could work.

        • jordanxbrookes

          Now that will be awesome. I played some Black Ops earlier today, and I miss the snowy environments. It’ll be extremely cool if they changed the intensity of the snow fall throughout a match.

      • ccrows

        Kinda like what happens already with “Stormfront”…

      • Daniel M

        Could always have random weather effects during the gameplay that happens completely random every time you play the map

  • You wrote Sledgahammer in the title πŸ™‚

    • Devin Wolfe

      Sledgahammaru.

  • jordanxbrookes

    Sounds awesome. I’m imagining Paracel Storm from BF4, one minute the weather is sunny and calm, next minute it’s raining hard, the gusts are very strong and thunder is heard. I’m interested to see how dynamic weather would be implemented in Call of Duty.

    • Unlike Paracel Storm, it will be cooler if it was random on every map.

      • jordanxbrookes

        Definitely.

      • Devin Wolfe

        Random snow or rain would be awesome.

      • I doubt that could be in competitive…changing maps would not be good especially if the change isn’t always the same.

  • Ryumoau

    Is that a good thing for them to still be hiring people this far along? Hopefully its just for finishing touches or something because i’d hope they are at least 80-90% complete already since they worked on it for years and its coming out in November.

    • theTruth

      agree 100% but lets remember this is a COD title! i cant ever remember a smooth launch to date with balancing, over powered weapons, spawning! let us pray.

    • kyr95

      Im pretty sure mate that its for the final touches of the game πŸ˜‰ its common for cod to include “temporary” artists 7-8 before launch :). So far though, Sledgehammer has put me on edge, i havent been so intrigued for a cod since mw2, and thats a good thing πŸ˜‰

  • CoDforever

    Imagine if Black ops 2 went up against BF3 instead of MW3, BO2 would have destroyed BF3. Now with 3 years, Imagine how it would be if Black ops 3 is going up against Battlefield 5 .. (DESTROYED)

    • CodSucks

      and Titanfall is going to destroy both.

      Battlefield 4 has already destroyed COD and it doesn’t even work LOL!

      • No fps ATM can destroy cod, not even titanfall.

        Cod breaks a record (nearly) every year so… Yeah :/

        • Activi$ion

          Call of Duty is rubbish now. It’s just a well-marketed product. Every year it is hyped to death and the game is mediocre at best.

          Titanfall’s hype is justified because it shaping up to be the finest MP game for years. If CoD released blank CD’s; 25m people would still buy them because they have the fans by the balls.

          Battlefield 4 is a much better product and isn’t being dumbed-down for kids now.

          • EWWWWWW EA
            People still buy EA’s products?

          • 3ARC FTW

            I hate how their is idiots saying TITANFALL WILL BEAT COD! Like seriously? When its not on PS4? Sales are gonna be sucky. ^_^ go shove TF up there!

          • Kurama The Nine-Tailed Fox

            Titanfall doomed itself by not making it available on the PS4. Also imagine if next year MW4 comes out a month early on PS4 instead of Xbox?

          • jordanxbrookes

            ”Battlefield 4 is a much better product”. Is that why it’s being referred to as Brokenfield 4?

          • Josh

            It’s not Activisions fault that EA have poor marketing and branding for BF so stop hating on COD.

      • Guest

        Little 12 year olds are flooding this site. I apologise if you are not although with such an immature user name do you really think anyone will take you seriously. You stated you opinion rather than facts so you comment is irrelevant. How can you determine if a game has ‘destroyed’ another. It could be in sales revenue, how long it lasts with consistent players, graphics, game style or features etc. people have preferences and you have yours but is posting “Cod Sucks” appropriate for a Call of Duty site, I think not. Would you kindly go and play With your baby toys unless you can give some constructive caritas ism that you think will better the game.

        • Guest

          EDIT:*criticism hate auto correct

          • TheShadowReaper

            you can also edit your previous comment and just change the word instead of making a new one. just saying for the next time you need. its kinda pointless to make a whole comment for just a word. thats what the edit button is for.

          • Guest

            He’s right you know.

          • TheShadowReaper

            i just said about the edit dude. ofc he is right. i know.

          • jordanxbrookes

            I was kinda talking about you being right but yh whatevs πŸ™‚

          • kyr95

            πŸ™‚

          • jordanxbrookes

            He’s right Josh

          • Josh

            I know he’s right πŸ™‚

    • TheShadowReaper

      exactly. BF games are quite lucky that are opposing IW every year. now that they will be facing Treyarch they will be completely destroyed. i think Activision saw that Treyarch games are commercially more successful than IW’s and made that change appropriately. its nice to see that BF games will be destroyed from now on.

      • 115

        I have seen your posts on many other posts and i have to say you disgust me. Every time i see you bashing on Titanfall or Battlefield defending CoD. But all im trying to say here is stop defending CoD when obvisously the devs put much more effort into battlefield and titanfall. I can see the difference in quality and i dont even play battlefield or titanfall

        • jordanxbrookes

          It’s a CoD website and he’s a Call of Duty fan just like I am. We will never stop defending the franchise we love. And of course DICE are putting more effort into their game, I mean the fact it’s broken means they have no time to waste fixing it. As for Ghosts, it had issues and still has issues. Most of them have either been fixed or nerfed. And as for Respawn, of course they’re putting so much effort into Titanfall. It’s a brand new IP, it’s exclusive to Microsoft, and it’s built for next-generation hardware. They have to make this game to the best it can be.

        • Guest

          Have you got a problem with him liking COD over BF?….

        • TheShadowReaper

          effort? are you for real? how much effort has been put into a broken game that cant even launch? the fact that they are using the exact same engine as BF3 with minor teaks? the game is distasteful due to lack of a thematic and generic grey buildings are its core for that? you are ignorant, i cant tell that so thats why i wont bash you or that. the second time i see though will be a different story however.

          as for Titanfall, i’m not impressed, i dont like the developers as humans, the game is published under EA. i have a lot of reasons for not liking it. thats my choice. go fall from a cliff if you cant take that.

          as for me defending COD, its franchise that i love and i will always love. i became a hardcore gamer cause of it. if there is someone that disgust me, that guy is you. cause its clear that you cant accept that other people have opinions too like you do. fuck yourself with a BF4 copy. asshole.

          • Josh

            I don’t understand how liking a game is suddenly classed as “disgusting”. I honestly don’t know where these people come from. He is basically saying he likes BF more so we could class that as “disgusting” too.

          • jordanxbrookes

            He’s a typical Battlefield player. Claims their game is so much better than Call of Duty, yet they spend all they’re time bitching about how awesome Battlefield is instead of playing the game.

          • ZermbiesFurLife

            Ive only played bf4 for about 10 hours, I’m only level 21, so just get out. s you can tell I PLAY MUCH MORE COD, (MORE ZOMBIES)

          • jordanxbrookes

            I wasn’t talking about you idiot, I was on about 115. Get your facts right, or better still, you get out. You’ve played 10 hours of BF4, good for you. I’ve played 392 hours on Ghosts, not even lying, my Xbox One even said so, and I’m 7th Prestige πŸ™‚

          • ZermbiesFurLife

            I own COD4, MW2, Black ops 1, MW3, Black ops 2, Ghosts (Xbox 360 and one), BF4 and i played titanfall beta. You have no clue what the fuck you are talking about. Because EA helped with titanfall you dont like it? Or are you just a fucking cod tryhard fanboy. Get of The developers dicks, and learn what a real fucking game it. BF4 might have been a bad launch, but at least it was balanced, fast paced action. Ghosts is a stationary, camping/bitch game, that lets players who lack skill, or are tryhards exceed. Never catering towards the slightly above avrg. Today I got killed by a guy using the vks hiding in the back of the map, after missing 6 shots first. That is BS. Alo titanfall is perfectly balanced. So fuck yourself, I love cod, but I know when they fuck up.

          • TheShadowReaper

            ok lets say that they fucked up with Ghosts. accepted. what about COD4? MW2? BO1? WaW? BO2? did they fucked up with those too? these games completely destroy any BF game easy. if your comparison is just Ghosts then your comparison is unfair. but when you compare the whole franchise to BF, its clear that it gets destroyed. i love COD and i know when they get it right. its a huge franchise that neither BF nor TF can be compared to. its in a league of its own.

          • jordanxbrookes

            A guy with a sniper at the back of the map, isn’t that called sniping? I think your the tryhard here mate.

        • CoDforever

          dude who cares if he bashes BF? Atleast he bashes BF and defends cod on a cod article, unlike BF fags that bash cod on cod articles and praise BF.

        • Brian Aka Ryuu

          Damnit people you are some damn idiots arguing if Bf/COD is better, THEY ARE DIFFERENT KINDS OF GAMES MEANT TO DELIVER A DIFFERENT EXPERIENCE.

          It’s like claiming apples are superior to oranges because their skin has more of a shine.

          COD = Small scale 6v6 “twitch” shooter that is more an “arcade” shooter. IT far from realistic with the laser bullets and “quick scoping” You can pop the game in, go lone wolf ane be finished with a match in 5-8 min

          BF = large scale shooter 32v32 that is more of a “simulation” shooter with each gun having unique recoil/bullet spread/drop, instead of kill streaks you have controllable vehicles that you can drive/fly. When you play you need to work with your team to be effective and matches are usually 15 min MINIMUM, usually goes to 30 min if its a closer match

          Playing COD and playing BF are two TOTALLY different experiences, so to say either stomps the other in terms of game play is ignorance because it’s all about personal preference. Everything negative you say about Bf something similar can be said about COD

          Game engine? Yea COD hasn’t much progressed faster the BF

          Game play innovation? Yup they have both stayed pretty consistent, nothing “ground breaking”

          And this is from a COD player who fell in love back in COD 4

      • CoDforever

        Right on to what I was trying to say.

    • ben wills

      BO2 and MW3 are practically the same game. Cqc clusterfucks with OP shit and an awful netcode. Don’t fool yourself.

  • Rain and snow in Call of Duty, wow, totally not expected this in 2014…

  • thebulky1cometh

    What if they used up-to-date “real world weather” for a handful of real locations so that the weather changed whenever you played the maps. That would be kinda cool and next-genish.

    • Josh

      Because most of the time there is no severe weather only rain every now and again. It wouldn’t be worth it because most of the time the weather is the same anyway depending on the season.

  • Josh

    The environmental effects and weather systems might just be basic like snow and rain seen in previous titles but it would be a great feature if there were weather patterns that effect the environment more like in BF.

  • nigger

    rain cats an doges throw som fish in ther 2 cuz dis gam gon b fokin amazin as fuk. hop they copy pasta mw3 cuz dats evry1s fav gam an we rly wnt 2 pley agen bt we cnt unles we pay enother $60 dont forget dlc camos lik wolf skin for ur pred missile an nigger gun camo.

    • Lord Monty

      You my fellow human being need a dictionary

      • MichiganerE

        You my fellow human being don’t understand the joke.

        • jordanxbrookes

          What joke? I didn’t laugh.

          • WhiteAmerica

            The username is nigger. Look at how he types

        • Devin Wolfe

          Its not really a joke. Its more like a poor attempt to make fun of a game.

          • jordanxbrookes

            Glad to know I wasn’t the only one who didn’t find it funny.

    • Copy pasta lol

    • Mr Doge

      How is this not funny? Wolf skin for your Predator Missle? Nigger Gun camo. Reference to Fish A.I? Relax people you should know a troll when you see one.

    • RegaDega

      This is going on Your Grammar Sucks, Mr. Racist Username πŸ˜›

  • GodGuy10

    What’s the whole large scale rigid body simulations thing mean?

    • sand nigger

      proly fart clouds from a nigers ass

  • SM00VE_TROOPER

    seriously did no one else notice the vehicle destruction bit? i really hope we have vehicles in multiplayer as it will bring some nostalgia to the fans as the very first cod titles had vehicled online

    • jordanxbrookes

      I hate to be a party pooper, but the vehicle destruction could be to do with killstreaks such as an Attack Helicopter. But what if you take down one of these Attack Helicopters and instead of blowing up and that’s it, what if it crashed into the map? That will be cool, annoying for some, but f*cking cool.

  • MichiganerE

    “Never before possible on the old engine.” – Infinity Ward

  • jooker-jr

    Too many jobs means two things :
    1- the next cod will not look like any cod
    2- sledgehammer studio isn’t ready to release their game this year

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