BioWare To Use Frostbite 2 For All Next-Gen Games?
BioWare, it seems, has put all its hopes on the revolutionary Frostbite 2 gaming engine for all its future releases like the next 'Mass Effect' and 'Dragon Age 3: Inquisition' that are set to arrive later in 2013. The engine may also become BioWare's default gaming engine for all the future releases.
Aarynn Flynn, General Manager of BioWare Edmonton, revealed this when he, during an interview, was asked if BioWare's next games will be using Frostbite 2 engine.
Flynn recently spoke to Game Informer about this, and stated: "I think so. When we look at Frostbite and the success we're having with it with Dragon Age 3 and the support we're getting from teams around EA, it is fun being a part of an organization and community that's doing good work with that technology."
"While past EA games used Epic Games' Unreal Engine game engine to great effect, it seems the publisher now wants things done in-house. Mind you, that's quite sensible on EA's part. Not only are they saving on game engine licensing fees, but the people who created the engine themselves, which are housed in DICE, can just fly over anytime to help other studios out if there are any kinks," a Gameranx report stated.
This, however, is not the first time the Frostbite 2 engine has been in contention. Back in November, a screenshot of BioWare's upcoming 'Dragon Age 3' was leaked online. The screenshot had originally popped up at the Bradford Animation Festival.
While the screenshot only appeared on screen for some three seconds, a fan took a picture and posted on the BioWare forums. Alongside showcasing the screenshot, Director of Art and Animation at BioWare Neil Thompson revealed that company would be making the game in the Frostbite 2 engine, created by DICE.
"Mass Effect was done on Unreal of course," Eurogamer reported. "Dragon Age was done on the proprietary engine Eclipse. I think anyone who played Dragon Age 2 would agree that engine was starting to creak a little bit by the time that was released."
"Obviously Frostbite is the Battlefield engine built by DICE. It's a beautiful, beautiful engine. And what we've found is an improvement with DA3, is the artists who were really battling with the Eclipse engine have just embraced Frostbite. The work they're doing now is stunning."