We've been crying out for Activision to get off their arses, put their rears into gear, and develop some new graphical engines, particularly for Call of Duty. No, Treyarch; Blops 2 does not count. At all.
Anyway, Activision demonstrated their new facial rendering tech at GDC, and it looks pretty damn good. Although the video was captured using a GeForce GTX 680, in DirectX 11, at up to 180FPS, the demo at the show itself was apparently running on a two year-old laptop.
"For us, the challenge goes beyond entertaining; it’s more about creating a medium for better expressing emotions, and reaching the feelings of the players," wrote Activision Blizzard's technical director, Jorge Jimenez.