The IW Engine is a game engine developed by Infinity Ward, based on id Tech 3, which was first used on the highly successful game Call of Duty 2. Since then, it has been continually upgraded and used on the games Call of Duty 4, Call of Duty: World at War, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2, and Call of Duty: Black Ops.

The engine features the following technologies:

* True world dynamic lighting
* HDR lighting effects
* Dynamic shadow
* Depth of field
* Dynamic physics system
* Radgoll physics
* Realistic fire
* Advanced weather effects
* Realistic character animation
* High detailed objects

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About Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 with 123 comments by Henley on Aug 17th, 2011

Back in 2009 a little game called Modern Warfare 2 disappointed pc gamers by removing everything that makes the PC version of the game superior to any of its console brethren. I am talking about dedicated servers. The act disabled any sort of real modding to the game along with the ability to make custom maps, build communities and not be forced into waiting for the develoepr to patch the multiplayer with extra content.

Good news everyone, Modern Warfare 3 will have dedicated server support for PC players! This was revealed today at Gamescom by the associate manager for Call of Duty Digital, Jay Frechette, and reaffirmed by Sledgehammer boss Glen Schofield on Twitter.

It is good to see developers learning from their mistakes, the mapping community will not be silent if you cross them! *fist pumps and so on*


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Call of Duty 2
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Call of Duty 2

Updated 3 weeks ago Released Oct 2005 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

Call of Duty, wildly recognized as one of the greatest World War 2 games, gets a face lift with this sequel. The sequel to Call of Duty, the 2003 Game...

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare

Updated 1 month ago Released Nov 2007 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

The new action-thriller from the award-winning team at Infinity Ward delivers the most intense and cinematic action experience ever. Call of Duty 4: Modern...

Call of Duty: World at War
Call of Duty: World at War

Call of Duty: World at War

Updated 5 months ago Released Nov 2008 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

Call of Duty®: World at War completely changes the rules of engagement by redefining WWII gaming and thrusting players into the final tension-filled...

Call of Duty: Black Ops
Call of Duty: Black Ops

Call of Duty: Black Ops

Updated 8 months ago Released Nov 2010 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

Call of Duty: Black Ops will take you behind enemy lines as a member of an elite special forces unit engaging in covert warfare, classified operations...

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2

Updated 1 year ago Released Nov 2009 Single & Multiplayer First Person Shooter

Modern Warfare 2 takes players to the snow-capped peaks of Russian mountains, across the deserts of Afghanistan and into the streets of Rio de Janeiro...

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shadowdude1 Jul 3 2011, 3:29pm says:

funny that games based on engine from 1999 more sucesfull than Crytek games based on nextgen technology

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thunderising May 15 2011, 6:05am says:

The game, sorry guys, looks 2000-late

I mean quake 3 looks with fancy weather and you have COD Black Ops multiplayer graphics,. ******..

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Hardrock131 Apr 19 2011, 6:03pm says:

if we get the dev files, does that mean we get the engine?

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ytres Apr 20 2011, 3:44am replied:

By that you mean? No, a MDK doesn't give access to the source code of the engine.

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dudefromabove Apr 17 2011, 2:24pm says:

1 word:awsome

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AmaroqDricaldari Apr 13 2011, 11:52am says:

Are you guys working on a version of the engine that is based off of idTech 5? It would be really cool.

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Juniez Apr 15 2011, 12:27pm replied:

Would Call of Duty need megatextures, or any of the features associated with ID tech 5 ?

Does IW need to throw away everything they had with the IW engine and make a new one off a newer branch of id tech?

Would there be any significant benifits?

Is it worth the work?

Is it worth the money?

Is it worth the time?

so uh, no

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ytres Mar 13 2011, 7:09pm says:

IGN listed this as one of the best engines of 21st century.

What a joke.

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UKGameDev Aug 27 2010, 6:04am says:

foxwolf445: Search ID Tech 3 engine or something in google.

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pizzalover101 Jan 29 2011, 6:39pm replied:

ok i did, but i cant find a download link, any help?

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Highest Rated (6 agree) 8/10

Shadowmapping, phong, dynamic lights and shadows, impressive animations, and physiscs all rolled into an engine that's about as technically demanding as Left 4 Dead. It's a nice little engine. I think all of the hate for this engine just is sprouted from the hate for Call of Duty.

Jul 7 2011, 4:05am by KEVLAR60442

Lowest Rated (7 agree) 1/10

Old shitty engine

Aug 9 2011, 4:31pm by Juffe


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