Last May, we learned about a unique addition to the near-future arsenal of weaponry that will be available to players in Sledgehammer Games’ upcoming shooter, Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.
Why buy bullets when you can just print them? That’s what the 3D Printer Rifle, or the Integrated Munitions Rifle (IMR), does in warfare of the future. According to Sledgehammer, the IMR is based on research of today’s technology and provided an interesting challenge for the designers in the studio.
“One of the opportunities to solve with this particular weapon was how to communicate to the player the bullet printing and feed system,” explained Joe Arcovich, lead weapon artist at Sledgehammer Games. “It required lot of back and forth between animation, modeling and design to make sure that the timing of the reload was quick enough for gameplay, but would still show the cool effect of the bullets getting fed into the chamber from the printer.”
As for the weapon’s aesthetics, designers wanted the IMR to be recognizable, yet feel advanced at the same time.
“It was extremely important to us that the instant the player picks up the IMR, they immediately become excited about the weapon,” added art director Joseph Salud. “It needed to clearly say ‘advanced weapon,’ and at the same time be grounded and credible. The IMR needed to feel like a serious piece of advanced hardware, and not a piece of science fiction.”
Badass reload animations are always welcome, but we just hope it’s balanced and fun to use. You can see it in action in Advanced Warfare’s debut gameplay trailer.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare launches on all platforms November 4.
Source: Call of Duty