Frostbite (game engine)
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Current logo used since Frostbite 3
Frostbite is a game engine originally developed by EA DICE for its Battlefield series. The engine is designed for use on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One platforms. Frostbite was first used by DICE to create FPS games, but has since been expanded to include various other genres, and is employed by a number of EA studios. Thus far, the engine is exclusive to Electronic Arts with all titles being published by EA.
Frostbite 3 (marketed as simply Frostbite from 2015 onwards) is the most recent iteration of Frostbite. It introduces new features such as new weathering systems, physically based rendering (PBR) and support for various development techniques (such as photogrammetry). The game engine has had several upgrades including improved tessellation technology. It also features Destruction 4.0, which enhances the in-game destruction over its predecessors.
Noteworthy achievements of the engine are Battlefield 4's Levolution system, which made it possible to feature wider and more detailed destruction, and yet unnamed systems for FIFA 17 that bring moving corner flags, more detailed spectators and changing weather effects into the game.
Games using Frostbite
DICE used the first generation of the engine for their in-house games Battlefield: Bad Company, Battlefield 1943, and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. The Frostbite engine launched with the release of Battlefield: Bad Company; subsequent titles employed an updated version referred to as Frostbite 1.5. Frostbite 1.5 was also used for the multiplayer component of Medal of Honor which DICE developed. (The single-player was developed by another EA studio with Unreal Engine 3). The next generation of the engine, Frostbite 2, debuted with the release of Battlefield 3. The creation of Frostbite 2 started the first usage of the Frostbite engine by other EA studios other than DICE. Some notable Frostbite 2 powered games include Need for Speed: The Run, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and Army of Two: The Devil's Cartel. The newest version, Frostbite 3 (rebranded as "Frostbite" since 2015), came out with Battlefield 4. It was announced that DICE would be including support for the Mantle API in Frostbite 3, with Battlefield 4 being the first game to implement the low-level toolset through a patch in December 2013. New games using the Frostbite 3 engine are Dragon Age: Inquisition (2014), Rory McIlroy PGA Tour (2015), Need for Speed (2015), Star Wars Battlefront (2015), Battlefield Hardline (2015) Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2 (2016), Mirror's Edge Catalyst (2016), Battlefield 1 (2016), FIFA 17 (2016), and Mass Effect: Andromeda (2017).
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