Does Call of Duty Vanguard Use The Frostbite Engine?

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The launch of Call of Duty: Vanguard is just one week away, much to the excitement of the community. Activision, Sledgehammer Games, and Raven Software recently revealed a roadmap for the battle royale. Fans of graphics and detail are wanting to know how it will look and if it’s powered by EA’s Frostbite Engine.

Unfortunately, Call of Duty: Vanguard is not an EA game and it’s doubtful that the game will be powered by their engine since Activision owns this franchise, so even if it has next-gen upgrades for last-gen consoles or cross-play across all systems, it probably won’t be powered by the Frostbite Engine.

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Does Call of Duty: Vanguard Use The Frostbite Engine?

The Frostbite Engine has proven to be a force in the gaming industry, with games like Anthem and Star Wars Battlefront II looking great regardless of their quality, but we doubt that we’ll see it on Call of Duty: Vanguard.

Vanguard will be using the IW8 engine as opposed to Frostbite, the same engine used to power 2019's Modern Warfare reboot, meaning Vanguard will still run extremely smoothly.

Unless a partnership is announced, no Call of Duty game has been powered by the Frostbite Engine and it doesn’t seem likely that Call of Duty: Vanguard will be the first, even though it would look really good with those graphics.

It would be nice if EA decided to make the Frostbite Engine available for other companies, but that also means other companies should make their graphics engines available as well, so that future will take a while and Call of Duty: Vanguard won’t be a part of it.

What Engine Does Call of Duty Vanguard Use?


Vanguard uses a modified version of the IW8 engine that was used in 2019's Modern Warfare. The same engine will be used in Warzone when the new Pacific map launches before the end of the year.

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