Later this year, Electronic Arts and developer DICE will give gamers their first taste of Frostbite 3.0 in Battlefield 4. Said to be even more impressive than Frostbite 2 (which was pretty darn impressive), Frostbite 3 will become the flagship graphical engine for EA – supporting games like Mass Effect 4, Dragon Age III: Inquisition, and the publisher’s upcoming slate of Star Wars games.
Along with console support, however, EA is also looking to position Frostbite as a graphical engine for iOS and Android devices. While the spectacle and destructive capabilities of Frostbite will likely be paired down, the idea of a Frostbite-powered mobile game is still an intriguing possibility.
On EA’s Frostbite website they outline a new project called ‘Frostbite Go,’ which is “a mobile division empowering EA game developers with Frostbite’s proven excellent workflows and features to bring true Frostbite experiences to all major mobile platforms.” In other words, EA wants to cultivate an ecosystem where Frostbite becomes the norm on all platforms, including mobile devices.
As was previously mentioned, Frostbite 3 will make its big debut with Battlefield 4 this Fall, but there’s no word on when the first Frostbite Go title might hit. EA likes to hold special demos of their upcoming mobile games at E3 every year, so perhaps we might get a taste of Frostbite Go at the event next month. If not then, we surely will have seen something Frostbite Go related by the end of 2013.
The mobile space has been growing exponentially over the last few years, and with each new advancement, the capabilities of what were once just telephones becomes greater. As well, gamers are becoming more accustomed to the idea that a mobile game isn’t just some fleeting experience, but that it can be just as engaging as any console or dedicated handheld title. Sure, Angry Birds will always be there when you need to pass the time, but pretty soon gamers will be able to play a fully-fledged Battlefield title right on their 6-inch screen.
What do you think about Frostbite Go? What Frostbite-powered game would you like to see come to mobile devices first?