With every new entry in a popular gaming series comes the inevitable question, will the game feature a new engine? Fortunately, Battlefield 4 will feature a new engine, Frostbite 3. The power of Frostbite 3 is allowing the developers at DICE to create the superb scope, scale, and immersion for Battlefield 4. Games such as Need for Speed, Dragon Age, Mass Effect, and several others also use Frostbite . But what exactly does a game engine do?
A game engine is an essential software addition to a video game and acts as a framework that developers use to create their unique worlds. Specifically, a game engine includes a rendering system that allows for the creation of 2D or 3D graphics, a physics engine, and a scene graph. In addition to several upgrades including improved tessellation technology, it also features Destruction 4.0, which enhances the in-game destruction over its predecessors. The scene graph, the most confusing of three functions, controls the spatial representation in the terms of graphics. For example, this is implemented in controlling the distance of debris flying from a blast origin in Battlefield.
Frostbite 3 will potentially revolutionize Battlefield with a surfeit of improvements, especially for Playstation 4, the Xbox One, and high-end gaming PC’s. Loading times and workflow within the game are significantly improved in Battlefield 4 due to Frostbite 3. Furthermore, Battlefield 4 will feature new, dynamic aspects such as changing weather, wind, and water. Such changes have the potential to change maps which also changes gameplay strategies. Dynamic events and the environment will also respond to each other. A blast of C4 will go off to destroy a tank and the immediate effect will be seen in the abrupt sway of near by trees, shake of ground, and the rise of a cloud of dust. A jet will be swept into the ocean and interrupt the flow of the waves during a naval combat scene. Character animation and movement will seem more real and fluid which will help players identify the pain, happiness, or anger in a character. This allows the campaign to emotionally influence players like a movie. Ultimately, Battlefield 4 will achieve unmatched beauty, size, and immersion through the power of Frostbite 3.