A tech video of Frostbite 2, the game engine that will be powering the upcoming DICE shooter Battlefield 3, has been released. It showcases some of the capabilities of the engine, and it does look pretty impressive. It's also important to note that Battlefield 3 wouldn't have been a possibility without this current incarnation of the Frostbite engine.
The four minute trailer that has been made available shows off the "real time radiosity" of the engine and it's rendering capabilities. Players of Mirror's Edge, another DICE game, will recognize the color schemes used. That doesn't mean that single colors will be prevalent all over the world of Battlefield 3, but used in the video, the colors reflect how well the environment will react to dynamic lighting and shadow effects, both of which players are bound to experience in Battlefield 3.
Gamers could see the power of the Frostbite 1 engine in Battlefield: Bad Company 2. That engine allowed players to destroy the environment in all kinds of ways, much to the delight of DICE, who apparently love blowing things up in videogames. Bad Company 2 is still going strong with the recently released Vietnam maps, as well the Operation Hastings map. Gamers, however, are still going to be anticipating the return to the original Battlefield series.
The new lighting effects do look impressive, but seeing as there is no gunfire, explosions, or smoke on display, we'll have to wait to see if the final product truly impresses. Battlefield 3 will be the first of DICE's games to use the Frostbite 2 engine, and more information regarding the title will be revealed at GDC 2011.
Frostbite 1 was a very powerful engine that featured a good balance between graphical capability and environmental destruction, something the Bad Company series continues to be known for. We can't wait to see what kind of destructive capabilities Frostbite 2 bring to the table.
Battlefield 3 will be releasing some time in 2011 for Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC.
Source: VG 24/7