When Battlefield 3 first burst onto the scene back in October, many gamers were more excited about the new “Frostbite 2.0″ graphics engine developer DICE was rolling out, than the actual gameplay or storyline of the shooter. So it doesn’t cause much shock when EA Studio General Manager , Patrick Söderlund, said Frostbite 2.0 was actually built for next-generation consoles.
Soderlund made the statement in an interview with gaming site Gamasutra recently and went on talk about the early development of the engine and its potential saying, “Yeah, I’ll be honest with you — Frostbite 2.0 was built for the next generation. That’s how we started it. We had that in mind and we said, “We’re going to have to build something that can scale”, he said. “It doesn’t mean that what you see in Battlefield 3 is the end state. That’s the beginning; that’s where we start and then we go forward. But we have a tech base that makes me feel really confident in how we’re positioned for what’s going to come in the future.
The Frostbite 2.o engine isn’t a one game engine though , since it debuted with Battlefield 3, the engine has also been used on racing title Need for Speed: The Run and will be the engine used on upcoming titles, Command & Conquer: Generals 2 and Medal of Honor: Warfighter, with Söderlund saying it only increases the engine’s capabilities:
If we now have the Danger Close guys working on things, they’re making some things in Medal of Honor that you couldn’t see in Battlefield, taking it a step further. So for us, they’re not only using Frostbite, they’re pushing it forward. And then our guys, the Frostbite team takes the code and decides if these parts are going to get integrated back into the main branch, and then we can use it for more products.
With Electronic Arts reportedly working on three or more next-gen titles, the Frostbite 2.0 engine will certainly go through some vigorous upgrades over the coming years, but its transition to new consoles will be a lot smoother than other engines. If they look anything like Battlefield 3, then we are certainly in for a treat.