Snowdrop (game engine)

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Ubisoft Snowdrop
Written inC++

Ubisoft Snowdrop is a proprietary game engine created by Massive Entertainment and Ubisoft for use on Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Stadia, and Xbox One. It was revealed at E3 2013 with Tom Clancy's The Division, the first game using the engine.


The engine is coded mainly in C++.[1]

Rodrigo Cortes, former brand art director at Massive Entertainment, says that the development on Snowdrop engine started in 2009 by Massive Entertainment. Initially it was an engine built for PC and next-gen development to do "things better not bigger". The core of the game engine is powered by a "node-based system and the engine is a dynamic, interconnected and flexible system where developers can create their assets quickly and interact with them in ways that have never been done before.[2] Massive created a lighting and destruction system inspired by film production techniques.[3]


  • Node-based scripting system that links all areas, from rendering, AI, mission scripts to UI.
  • Realistic day and night change.
  • Global volumetric lighting.[4]
  • Procedural destruction.[5]
  • Advanced particle system and visual effects.
  • Dynamic material shader

Games using Ubisoft Snowdrop[edit]


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  6. ^ "I can't believe this is not a real forest but a game engine". Gizmodo. Archived from the original on 2020-11-18. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
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