Mass Effect 4 to use Frostbite

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#1 Posted by marq4porsche (512 posts) -

http://www.ign.com/articles/2012/11/12/mass-effect-4-will-use-frostbite-engine

So will this be next gen then? It seems like EA is moving with frostbite for all of it's games. Probably cheaper for them to do so because they don't have to license from a third party and they paid for it to be developed anyways. I hope this means bigger more diverse environments!

#2 Posted by Cheleman (7770 posts) -

very cool. fix the title though.:P

#3 Posted by freedomfreak (41940 posts) -
Battle Effect 4: Field Company.
#4 Posted by marq4porsche (512 posts) -

very cool. fix the title though.:P

Cheleman

Haha thanks!

#5 Posted by Idontremember (929 posts) -

Well, they better change the engine.
Mass Effect 3 sometimes showed some horribly frightning details in some places.

#6 Posted by JangoWuzHere (16965 posts) -

The fact they every EA game is using frostbite now is...kinda lame.

#7 Posted by Lord_Nas3k (1492 posts) -

Mass Effect 4's ending confirmed to only come in one color: blue.

#8 Posted by RR360DD (12310 posts) -

The fact they every EA game is using frostbite now is...kinda lame.

JangoWuzHere
Better than every game using UE3
#9 Posted by SaltyMeatballs (25158 posts) -
[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"]

The fact they every EA game is using frostbite now is...kinda lame.

RR360DD
Better than every game using UE3

This, and as long as they get the ME look and feel it really doesn't matter, and I suspect they will be able to do larger environments more easily.
#10 Posted by SaltyMeatballs (25158 posts) -

Mass Effect 4's ending confirmed to only come in one color: blue.

Lord_Nas3k
Lmao.
#11 Posted by megaspiderweb09 (3686 posts) -

Mass Effect to have distruction :o

#12 Posted by Peredith (2310 posts) -

Hopefully that means they'll be an animation for holstering weapons....

#13 Posted by AdobeArtist (22982 posts) -

The graphics were already excellent for 2 and 3 (1 was also good but hindered by frame rate) but this is good news I guess. Dragon Age 3 will benefit from FB2 far more.

#14 Posted by wis3boi (31710 posts) -

Battle Effect 4: Field Company.freedomfreak

A mass effect themed BF game? I'd hit that

#15 Posted by Jankarcop (10187 posts) -

does this mean spacebar no longer will have 10 different functions?

#16 Posted by heytheredarlin (869 posts) -

The graphics were already excellent for 2 and 3 (1 was also good but hindered by frame rate) but this is good news I guess. Dragon Age 3 will benefit from FB2 far more.

AdobeArtist

If you played it on consoles.

#17 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38218 posts) -

Why wouldn't they just upgrade to unreal engine 4. Unless it's not ready to be shown or used yet.

Frostbite is a very capable engine, but they better not do what all the others using it do and cover the screen in dirt and flares. Actually.... ME already had a tonne of flare effects. :P

#18 Posted by Sushiglutton (5390 posts) -
It's weird that EA hasn't done this before. I mean created an engine for all their franchises. There must be tons and tons of savings to be made. Let's see if they can really leverage this next gen (kind of scary thought :P)
#19 Posted by ShadowDeathX (10711 posts) -

Why wouldn't they just upgrade to unreal engine 4. Unless it's not ready to be shown or used yet.

Frostbite is a very capable engine, but they better not do what all the others using it do and cover the screen in dirt and flares. Actually.... ME already had a tonne of flare effects. :P

seanmcloughlin
Ummm idk. Maybe because EA doesn't want to fork out license money and negotiate with Epic every time they want to use and use the engine? I really can see all the major publishers having all their 1st party developed games using a central engine. Easier to maintain, cheaper to use, and the engine can be customized to the developers liking instead of having to ask the engine developer for permission.
#20 Posted by GOGOGOGURT (4470 posts) -

Wow they would call it "4".:?

#21 Posted by SaltyMeatballs (25158 posts) -
[QUOTE="seanmcloughlin"]

Why wouldn't they just upgrade to unreal engine 4. Unless it's not ready to be shown or used yet.

Frostbite is a very capable engine, but they better not do what all the others using it do and cover the screen in dirt and flares. Actually.... ME already had a tonne of flare effects. :P

ShadowDeathX
Ummm idk. Maybe because EA doesn't want to fork out license money and negotiate with Epic every time they want to use and use the engine? I really can see all the major publishers having all their 1st party developed games using a central engine. Easier to maintain, cheaper to use, and the engine can be customized to the developers liking instead of having to ask the engine developer for permission.

That and/or ME4 will still be on current gen systems, so UE4 is not needed.
#22 Posted by 205212669269561485377169522720 (14458 posts) -

About time. UE3 has got to go.

#24 Posted by heytheredarlin (869 posts) -

Wow they would call it "4".:?

GOGOGOGURT

You have a game with 4 in your sig I don't understand.

#25 Posted by CountBleck12 (23228 posts) -

I hope it doesn't become a FPS..

#26 Posted by seanmcloughlin (38218 posts) -

[QUOTE="seanmcloughlin"]

Why wouldn't they just upgrade to unreal engine 4. Unless it's not ready to be shown or used yet.

Frostbite is a very capable engine, but they better not do what all the others using it do and cover the screen in dirt and flares. Actually.... ME already had a tonne of flare effects. :P

ShadowDeathX

Ummm idk. Maybe because EA doesn't want to fork out license money and negotiate with Epic every time they want to use and use the engine? I really can see all the major publishers having all their 1st party developed games using a central engine. Easier to maintain, cheaper to use, and the engine can be customized to the developers liking instead of having to ask the engine developer for permission.

True.Guess I was kinda hoping to see it on UE4 just to see what it would be like.

#27 Posted by 205212669269561485377169522720 (14458 posts) -

[QUOTE="GOGOGOGURT"]

Wow they would call it "4".:?

heytheredarlin

You have a game with 4 in your sig I don't understand.

:lol:

That's brilliant.

#28 Posted by dream431ca (10165 posts) -

[QUOTE="JangoWuzHere"]

The fact they every EA game is using frostbite now is...kinda lame.

RR360DD

Better than every game using UE3

Once I agree with you LOLZ. UE3 is great when used properly. Most of the time it's not.

#29 Posted by GOGOGOGURT (4470 posts) -

[QUOTE="GOGOGOGURT"]

Wow they would call it "4".:?

heytheredarlin

You have a game with 4 in your sig I don't understand.

I mean they should've ended it with ME3 and followed a new protagonist or setting.

Plus I'm glad you pointed that out I didn't notice.

#30 Posted by marq4porsche (512 posts) -

[QUOTE="heytheredarlin"]

[QUOTE="GOGOGOGURT"]

Wow they would call it "4".:?

GOGOGOGURT

You have a game with 4 in your sig I don't understand.

I mean they should've ended it with ME3 and followed a new protagonist or setting.

Plus I'm glad you pointed that out I didn't notice.

It is following new protagonist and new settings with a different story to boot.

#31 Posted by sSubZerOo (43422 posts) -
..........I don't see why they would do that when the engine for Mass Effect 3 looks great and we didn't really see any limitations with the things it provided with.. It seems like a unnecessary money sink that doesn't address ANY of the complaints made about the series or that specific game.
#32 Posted by wis3boi (31710 posts) -

..........I don't see why they would do that when the engine for Mass Effect 3 looks great and we didn't really see any limitations with the things it provided with.. It seems like a unnecessary money sink that doesn't address ANY of the complaints made about the series or that specific game. sSubZerOo

Destruction would be nice to have, as well as bigger worlds instead of hallways. They want to change the gameplay up, so I can see this as a good move.

#33 Posted by razgriz_101 (16871 posts) -

The fact they every EA game is using frostbite now is...kinda lame.

JangoWuzHere

i'd like to hear why you think this is lame.

EA's got a powerful and flexible engine built with multiplatform developement in mind, aswell as having support on tap for it via Dice and Black Box the engine suits them, its being utilized to its potential as its going to make dev cycles a lot more streamlined lowering costs and developement times.

And you are trying to make this out to be a bad thing? the only thing lame here is the opinion your showing.

#34 Posted by Heil68 (46164 posts) -
If it looks as good or better than ME3 then that's fine by me.
#35 Posted by biggest_loser (24105 posts) -
Does anyone else think this is really good news? It should make the combat a lot smoother to control. Mass Effect 3 felt too much like 2.5 in part because of using the same engine! :(
#36 Posted by Pug-Nasty (8508 posts) -

So, boring and glitchy as all hell then?

#37 Posted by StrongDeadlift (5184 posts) -

I remember EA saying the same thing a year ago about Dead Space 3 (That Dead Space 3 would be moving to Frostbite 2 ).

#38 Posted by TheEroica (14160 posts) -

This sounds fine with me... Just keep the exploration open and the combat fun and I'm cool... the milkey way was the best "universe" this gen... I want more, and I don't want it to be MMO.

#39 Posted by the-obiwan (3742 posts) -
catalyst version 1.10? here we go again!
#40 Posted by Senor_Kami (8437 posts) -

I hope it doesn't become a FPS..

CountBleck12
Frostbite isn't just a level editor for Battlefield. They've made racing games with it so it's pretty versatile and you can make whatever game in whatever genre you want with it. If ME turned into a FPS it wouldn't have anything to do with it being on Frostbite.
#41 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -
This is going to be interesting. We still don't know what the engine is fully capable of and suited to outside of BF3, and if NFS The Run is anything to go by, EA was a bit premature in trying to pull a Capcom MTFramework.
#42 Posted by Rockman999 (7232 posts) -

Thank God. Now we can get a game that doesn't have clunky controls(there's not an UE3 game that doesn't feel clunky.).

..........I don't see why they would do that when the engine for Mass Effect 3 looks great and we didn't really see any limitations with the things it provided with.. It seems like a unnecessary money sink that doesn't address ANY of the complaints made about the series or that specific game. sSubZerOo
No. The Frostbite 2 engine is a more capable and prettier engine than the UE3. EA already owns the FB engine, they wouldn't have to pay a cent in licensing and royalties like with the UE3.

#43 Posted by skrat_01 (33767 posts) -
[QUOTE="CountBleck12"]

I hope it doesn't become a FPS..

Senor_Kami
Frostbite isn't just a level editor for Battlefield. They've made racing games with it so it's pretty versatile and you can make whatever game in whatever genre you want with it. If ME turned into a FPS it wouldn't have anything to do with it being on Frostbite.

The engine will often inform the gam design, I can tell you that from working a lot with UE3 and Unity, and dabbling with CryEngine's variations of Unreal and Source over the years. Some are more suited to some things, some arent. More often than not one size fits all doesn't work, and that can come down to the fundamentals of an engine. Take X-Com - it's an unreal 3 game, and it's as good as a turn based strat game has been on an engine not made for this kind of thing. And it still breaks and has major issues. Or racing games in UE3 - how can we forget Fatal Inertia. That's not to say the engine could be reworked to suit it in a variety of ways - I had to give that a shot with UE3 UDK in making a sidescroller, well before there was a preset package for sidescrolling and that was a nightmare. These days it's extremely easy. However it doesn't mean it's going to be nearly as well suited for it. Which is why the whole Frostbite thing reeks more EA management than anything else. But hey it could be great, I'm all for more engine diversity.
#44 Posted by mitu123 (154494 posts) -

About time it gets a different engine, maybe this game would have a shot at having amazing graphics now.

#45 Posted by khoofia_pika (13517 posts) -
Cool! :D Sounds interesting. Can't wait to see where BioWare takes the franchise now.
#46 Posted by VendettaRed07 (14012 posts) -

HOpefully they fix the aiming. Drove me bonkers in Me2+me3 that you walk around with your gun zoomed in at all times

#47 Posted by wis3boi (31710 posts) -

HOpefully they fix the aiming. Drove me bonkers in Me2+me3 that you walk around with your gun zoomed in at all times

VendettaRed07

lolwut

#48 Posted by bbkkristian (14967 posts) -

Mass Effect 4's ending confirmed to only come in one color: blue.

Lord_Nas3k
:lol:
#49 Posted by 789shadow (20195 posts) -

So, um, how do they intend to have a Mass Effect 4 after the endings of Mass Effect 3?

#50 Posted by wis3boi (31710 posts) -

So, um, how do they intend to have a Mass Effect 4 after the endings of Mass Effect 3?

789shadow

- did you actually play the DLC ending? If not, youneedn't ask this

- they can set it anywhere during the timeline. How about a game about the contact war between humans and turians? Or the pirate attack shepard held off? It's a big universe