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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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*

Source: 1up.com

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PeacefulPatriot
PeacefulPatriot

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.

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ExzcellionGamma
ExzcellionGamma

I agree. This is awesome, very... but the haters coming straight from CoD are bringing this great engine down.

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shadowdude1
shadowdude1

its ain't little engine,its actually more powerful than idTech4

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pvt.Johnson
pvt.Johnson

ID tech4 source code will produce more powerful engines than the idtech3 *cough* i mean COD engine, just watch and see.

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PeacefulPatriot
PeacefulPatriot

Way to overly interpret my comment and completely miss the point.

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Landon1121
Landon1121

iD tech 4 came out in 2004... this engine released in 2005.

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shadowdude1
shadowdude1

but this engine gets updated each year for a new COD game

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Rawra
Rawra

True, but only slightly. The ragdoll and other physics for example are as still as accurate as they were in COD2.

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shadowdude1
shadowdude1

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

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thunderising
thunderising

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
Hardrock131

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

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ytres
ytres

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

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dudefromabove
dudefromabove

1 word:awsome

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AmaroqDricaldari
AmaroqDricaldari

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
Juniez

Would Call of Duty need megatextures, or any of the features associated with ID tech 5 ?
no

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?
no

Would there be any significant benifits?
no

Is it worth the work?
no

Is it worth the money?
no

Is it worth the time?
no

so uh, no

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ytres
ytres

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

What a joke.

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UKGameDev
UKGameDev

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

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pizzalover101
pizzalover101

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.

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Old shitty engine

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