EA Sports reveals next-gen Ignite engine

New engine for Xbox One and PS4 will power developer's upcoming games; Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live 14, and UFC launching in next year.

Electronic Arts today announced an all-new next-generation engine called Ignite that will power upcoming EA Sports titles for the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.

Gamers will get a first glimpse at what the Ignite engine is capable of when Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live 14, and EA Sports UFC all ship within the next 12 months.

The all-new Ignite engine boasts improvements to rendering, run-time physics, animation, intelligence, locomotion, and online systems. EA says the engine is capable of portraying athletes with "human-like intelligence," as well as "living worlds" for stadiums and arenas.

"Athletes in EA Sports next-gen games will be able to make intelligent decisions with human-like reaction times," EA said in a statement. "EA Sports Ignite computes four times more calculations per second than previous consoles, unlocking nearly infinite potential for how players think, and enabling them to make more difficult decisions faster.

"Players are alive with contextual awareness and instincts--thinking, anticipating, and reacting--just like real athletes, and players are conscious of their environment," the statement goes on. "In FIFA 14, for example, a player’s sense of urgency increases as the match draws on and a goal is needed, rushing to take a free kick, corner, or goal-kick if time is running down."

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Eddie Makuch is a news editor at GameSpot, and would like to see the Whalers return to Hartford.

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blackace
blackace

How come they didn't show the video of the games? I wasn't overly impressed with the graphics. They were good, but not leaps forward like I was expecting. I'm dying to see how NBA Live turns out compared to NBA 2K11 and 2K12.

HomieHesAKlown
HomieHesAKlown

I love how they use the same engine over and over while the games feel/look exactly the same. So just another engine they'll milk, that's why they had to announce it as if it's something special.

XxTheEvilxX
XxTheEvilxX

And what a pointless reveal it was. Impress me with gameplay not cut-scenes. I didn't see anything that made me think EA has changed its recent entries in sports titles. Even though... you know.. they are going to revolutionize sports gamings as we know it (rolls eyes). With what? more microtransactions... LOL If you would like to play the second half, that will be $5.

nartnart70
nartnart70

And as always ,,,, since the the new xbox and ps4 are in another league compared to current pcs 

the engine is only xbox and ps4 exclusive .... 


EA ,,, you are Too smart for your own good ,,, Always creating new fans that hate you as hell 

sephaien
sephaien

just make the jerseys better. i mean in fifa, players wear buckets. 

gamergath
gamergath

Can't wait to get my hands on FIFA14. Dubstep music Intro please. Wub, Wub.

danpando
danpando

the 4 sports games are next gen???????they look like xbox 360 and ps4 games...sorry this is not next gen....EA said the wii u is crap and they are not making games for nintendo,,,now they say they are making games for nintendo....they keep taking everyones money,,,just a big @#$^&..EA SUCKS

HAZCHEM88
HAZCHEM88

Give it a new name all you want, EA. It's the same shit, different smell

sensei_hEnRY
sensei_hEnRY

uhh...kinda confused with the human like intelligence they will pursue in this new engine. No matter how advance the AI capable to do (reaction time, instinct behavior, etc.), it will all come back to the real gamer who control them right? So maybe in the last minute of a game, Christiano Ronaldo is looking very eager to shoot a freekick, all of other Madrid's player are coming to the opponent side including the goalie, they can't waste any seconds, it looks really dramatic, still if the gamer don't want to rush thing, it will look awkward instead of realistic.

Same thing happens in 2K Sports's Top Spin 4, the AI have sets of skills and contextual awareness in regard to anticipating incoming ball (example, automatically smash a weak lob from your opponent), still if the gamer doesn't have the same awareness (like me which prefer offensive baseline style), it will be useless.

But i still wishing for the best for EA Sports, I can't wait to see the advance physics, animation, and of course the live worlds of the arena.

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

These guys used the Movie trailer hoax again. That was just a movie trailer any company can show a great movie trailer but movie trailer having nothing to do with a game. It's like trying to pass off cut scenes as an actual game. They did not show the graphics from actual game play and they did not show actual game play itself.

AuronAXE
AuronAXE

Sounds like good technology but the problem with all technology is that people don't know how to use it. They'll screw it up and the AI will be inaccurately reading information and dumb stuff will happen etc. EA has been playing these games forever.

I'm definitely looking forward to having better crowds in stadiums for games like FIFA. Sprites? In the year 2013? You've got to be kidding me. Even in the damn PC versions.

Iramek
Iramek

EA has been a big disappointment. They got a really deep hole to crawl out of before I can consider them a "game maker" again. We have nothing to do but wait and see,

Phazevariance
Phazevariance

Oh man, i sure do hope they have dirt under the players fingernails.  That would be so sweet.  Forget collision problems and texture glitches. 

asante16
asante16

EA will Nba live be good > Xbox one

cryofax
cryofax

EA Promises breakthroughs in all these exact things EVERY year and fails every time. They can't even seem to fix the most BASIC problems year after year after year despite gamers screaming about them. I have zero faith this is anything more than the same ole crap.

csward
csward

Finally, the AI in Madden might be able to beat me! :) I hate playing against cheesers online, so this is great news!

However, this is EA, and there's always a pretty big catch...

tonymoise
tonymoise

WOW....Look at all that negative criticism. And not one of you have even seen a single second of actual gameplay or played any of the games. Gamers today are complacent and negative....NEVER HAPPY.

You all just jump on the bandwagon...."It says EA...IT MUST BE EVIL." I will wait to see the games in action, see the actual gameplay in motion. And if then I see there are no sicnificant improvement from the previous generation of sports titles from EA Sports, then I will say "it's the same crap on new consoles." 

Until then I can only hope they improve all these titles.

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

No faith in EA Sports delivering anything innovative for the Next Gen systems.  They put out a similar video for Madden when PS3 and 360 were coming out and they never came close to achieving what this video showed.  EA is all smoke and mirrors and they put waaaay more money into marketing their BS talking points and figuiring out ways to milk games than putting $$$ into actual new, innovative game development.  Hope I'm wrong... but I'll believe we are getting a 'brand new engine'(Ignite) built from the ground up and not just more EA TALK when I see it.

juiceair
juiceair

And I bet EA does what they always do on next gen games and strip out the features and slowly add them back year after year while charging full price.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

Maybe I don't play enough sports games, but all the clips they showed looked like awkward 'uncanny valley' motion that made wonder why they were showing this off instead of fixing it. 

And it isn't like it is a selling point. EA doesn't get my money anymore for anything. 

ssj2los
ssj2los

AI, animations and texture collision is what I hope improves the most with next gen

GSGuy321
GSGuy321

I see EA are up to the same old marketing gimmicks !

Not falling for that one again.

Not this time EA, Not this time !

tgwenz
tgwenz

They didnt even show the games, and everytime I hear "physics" and "experiences" I remember goalie and striker kissing each other in FIFA, players that fall like logs when tackled and an AI that behaves like a friggin RPG instead of a football sim. 

Meet Fifa 14 same as Fifa 13 but with improved physics and experiences.

TitanPolaris
TitanPolaris

Ok so you're going to maybe charge $99.99 for THIS? Sorry but NO SALE EA! I've seen this before with Madden 06 for the 360 and it's just not worth the money you are going to charge us!

Elite_Bushido
Elite_Bushido

now if only we could get Skate on there, we'd be golden

darkeyez81
darkeyez81

It seems that DICE it's the only developer under EA that actually innovates.

gamebuyer22
gamebuyer22

The only EA sports games i buy every version is the Fight Night series. Cant wait to see that on Next Gen.

DaWarthog
DaWarthog

A whole lot of nothing. EA needs to learn that All the crap and gimmicks is wearing off now.

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

I like Fifa but know Ultimate team is one giant cash cow for EA. Its better being on the system it has most in common with.

Fizzman
Fizzman

They revealed the name of the engine.  Not so much the engine itself.  

LukeWesty
LukeWesty

I just dont understand what the Ignite does which todays sports games doesn't...

AvatarMan96
AvatarMan96

@TohouAsura That's not how many games there's been, it's for the 25th anniversary of the series

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@DaWarthog The only thing that is usually assured from a trailer is if you weren't impressed with the trailer the real thing won't be any better... 

csward
csward

@tonymoise 1. These are a vocal minority of gamers on a forum, not all gamers or representative of gamers as a whole. Or EA's target market of mostly casuals imo.

2. It is not a bandwagon. EA has ruined franchise after franchise, so of course there is more hate as time grows. Yes they have a few good ones, but EA is overall the epitome of what's wrong with the industry.

raahsnavj
raahsnavj

@tonymoise What was the point of them speaking to us if we are not allow to now pass judgement? 

WOW look at all the people that for some reason think that just because we haven't played it or seen the real deal and only call BS on the marketing hype that somehow we shouldn't have opinions!

ohjtbehaaave
ohjtbehaaave

@juiceair   Exactly.  How many courses has EA removed from Tiger PGA over the years to charge for them through DLC?  If EA could figure out a way to charge for the football and goal post in Madden they would.

St0Ne4Ge
St0Ne4Ge

@gamebuyer22 I still remember playing Fight Night on the 360 and my friends HDTV, that sh*t blew me away.

o016945
o016945

@LukeWesty EA are the kings of making up marketing names for everything...it does what other engines already do, but with a fancy marketing name.

blackace
blackace

@XxTheEvilxX @danpando Yeah, it didn't look like next-gen graphics to me. NBA 2K12 & NBA 2K13 still looks better then NBA Live 14. Not sure what EA is smoking.

tonymoise
tonymoise

@csward @tonymoise I am not trying to defend EA Games or make them out to be a great gaming company in anyway. Their are many reasons why I dislike them...Mass Effect 3, SimCity and many more come to mind. The do make some very questionable decesions and I will not deny that.

But the general tone towards the company is a bit annoying sometimes. And it's not just on this gaming web site...it's on most of them. I can see that some folks are tired of EA's crap but I feel some folks are too critical considering the amount of details they have at the moment.

Yes...new of EA working on Star Wars games makes me nervous but I am not gonna cast judgement of these titles until I know more.