Frostbite 3 ‘Battlefield 4′ Demo; Engine Will Remain Exclusive to EA Games

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As the next generation of game consoles arrives, so too does a new generation of video game engines to make the most of them. Amongst these is the new Frostbite 3 engine from DICE, upon which Battlefield 4 and other EA titles will be built, and which will span many gaming platforms including iPad and iPhone.

To showcase the capabilities of Frostbite 3, EA has released a new tech demo featuring footage from Battlefield 4 and interviews with the developers of the engine, who detail the ways in which it “enables game designers to do way more than they’ve ever been able to do before.” For games where destruction and collateral damage are a major element, the ways in which they have enabled the player to have a tangible impact on the environments around them are particularly exciting.

Frostbite 3 isn’t the only new game engine about to enter the market, however. The tech demos that we’ve seen so far for the next iteration of Epic Games’ popular Unreal Engine 4 – including last summer’s “elemental” demo and the more recent trailer showcasing the capabilities of the engine on the PlayStation 4 – have got a lot of gamer’s mouths watering (and more than a few PC gamers saving up for the best next-gen graphics card to power it). How will Frostbite 3 fare in the competition with Unreal 4? According to one executive working on some of EA’s flagship games, it won’t be in competition at all.

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Dennis Nilsson, the head of new EA studio Ghost Games and an executive producer of entries in the Need for Speed and Battlefield series, expressed pride in the new Frostbite engine, an improved variant of the Frostbite 2, when interviewed by Pocket-lint, but also made it clear that it is going to stay strictly in-house:

“It’s never going to be the Unreal Engine because we’re never going to let anyone use it… It’s EA’s engine and EA is going to start developing that. Whatever the strategies for Frostbite 3 are I can’t talk about. But I can tell you Frostbite 3, for us, is not only awesome in what it outputs on the screen, it’s also how the developers back in Gothenburg can work with it. The iteration times are faster, the Frostbite team has that much more time – not working on the toolsets as [much as] they are on the output.”

“We’ve done a shit load of work to get it to be a proper driving engine. I think if you look at the game and play the game you’ll see the results of that. Frostbite 3 is showing its muscle because we’ve tailored it into a driving engine now.”

As widely used as it is, the Unreal Engine is really the exception to the rule, as most major game developers tend to have their own in-house engine, such as Rockstar’s RAGE, id Sofware’s id Tech, Infinity Ward’s IW Engine and Ubisoft’s Anvil. In many ways, this state of affairs is vastly preferable; as great as Unreal is, it’s hard to imagine anyone wanting to see all games run on the same engine, especially since individual in-house engines help to give the different studios their own unique feel. All the same, if you like the look of Frostbite 3 then you might be understandably disappointed that it will be limited only to EA titles.

Tell us if you’re impressed by what you’ve seen of Frostbite 3 so far, or whether there’s another updated engine that you’re looking forward to more, in the comments.

Source: Pocket-lint

TAGS: Battlefield 4, Electronic Arts, Ghost Games, Need for Speed

  • Ken J

    The whole thing about how the waves will be the same for everyone is pretty impressive. I don’t think most people realize what that really means from a technical standpoint…

    • Narte

      now you see me, now you dont.
      but the waves are insane. psyched to get this on my pc :p

  • Chris

    I really don’t see how COD will ever hope to have another truly great game when it has competition like this, truly stunning

  • Andrew

    Imagine how Hoth is going to look! nerdgasm!

  • Dingo

    Same thing they did on BF3. They’re spending all their time on making blinding light effects and wobbly leaves that the actual game that comes out is going to be shit just like BF3 was.

    In BF2, there was basically 0 interaction with the environment, and no one cared. Obviously a game like modern BF is going to attract the crowd that only sees graphics and doesn’t care how terrible it really is.

    RIP Battlefield series

    • Ken J


      BF3 was a bit of a let-down if you’re coming from BF2, but honestly, they seem to be listening because several features from BF2, like commander mode, is back in BF4. And they also increased the number of people per squad from what I’ve heard. Kind of in between BF3 and BF2, 5 members. And in-game VOIP is also back from BF2, so I’m thinking BF4 is more the sequel to BF2 that we’ve been waiting for…

    • George

      Sounds like somebody died a lot in the game.

  • boogoo

    Can’t wait to see a new Mass Effect and Dragon Age running on this!

  • Bobbo The Clown

    Any word on if BF4 will have bullet drop and bullets which travel like actual bullets? This is one of the biggest things which makes me enjoy BF far more than CoD. I like that -in BF3- I can apply shooting techniques to making shots in the game. I like that there’s more skill involved in long distance sniping than simply putting a dot on a target.

    • Ken J


      Except in BF3 the bullet drop is VERY exaggerated… Kind of annoying…