Frostbite 2

64-bit OS required for some 2013 Frostbite games says DICE dev

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Some of next year's Frostbite 2-powered games will require a 64-bit OS to run. That's according to a tweet from DICE Frostbite rendering architect, Johan Andersson, picked up by Eurogamer. Battlefield 3 was the first game released to be powered by the new engine, but it's since turned up in other EA titles like Need for Speed: The Run and Medal of Honor. It'll be interesting to learn which 2013 games will also be carrying the new tech.

"If you are on 32-bit, great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8," says Andersson. Windows 7 64-bit should work just as well. A 64-bit OS lets systems make of more than 2GB of RAM, so it's a useful upgrade whether or not you're planning on playing any EA games next year. It's inconvenient, maybe, but shows that graphics tech is levelling up. Recently, Epic released the first screenshots of Unreal Engine 4. 2013 could be a big year for graphics engines.

Medal of Honor: Warfighter debut trailer confirms October release date

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EA have just released a trailer for the previously announced Medal of Honor: Warfighter. The upcoming shooter is being developed by Danger Close and will use the Frostbite 2 engine. It's getting a worldwide release on October 23rd.

I've embedded the debut trailer below. It features whispers, ACOGs, helicopters, boats, bullets, feet and hats; all within a few seconds of each other. You'll also hear distorted drones that remind me of another EA franchise. Funny that.

EA's latest studio will focus on a "new generation" of Frostbite 2 games

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EA have just opened EA Gothenburg, which will focus on a "new generation of games" using the Frostbite 2 engine. That's the notoriously pretty tech that powered Battlefield 3 and Need For Speed: The Run.

Frostbite 2 was created by Stockholm-based EA DICE, and has yielded impressive results on PC and, to a lesser extent, console. It also manages to push my rig to the absolute limit, which makes me happy. EA Gothenburg are currently hiring for over 12 new staff, so give them a shout if you have the skills and want in. Alternatively, check our news feed for the latest developments from Gothenburg.

Command & Conquer: Generals 2 "will set a new bar for fidelity in the strategy genre"

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Bioware confirmed that rumours of a new Command & Conquer game were true this weekend when they revealed C&C: Generals 2. It's in development at new Bioware Victory studio, and will be using Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine. We sent over a few questions to executive producer Jon Van Caneghem and Bioware co-founder Dr. Ray Muzyka to find out more. Van Canegham says that Frostbite 2 is "going to put Generals 2 on the cutting edge of the industry," and "will set a new bar for fidelity in the strategy genre."

Referencing Battlefield 3, Van Canegham says that "there are certainly going to be a number of differences between a shooter and a strategy game, but the possibilities are certainly opened up more when you have a great new engine to build upon."

We'll have to wait and see if Battlefield 3's destructible terrain tech will make it into the new C&C, but we had a more pressing question. Of all the C&C franchises to bring back, why did Bioware choose Generals?

Need for Speed: The Run trailer races 3000 miles for $25 million

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Need for Speed: The Run is an odd proposition. A story driven racer, powered by DICE's Frostbite 2 engine, with dubious quick time intervals in which your driver leaps out of his ride, punches up policemen and sprints across the rooftops. The new trailer uncovers the reason behind all that recklessness, a 3000 mile dash from San Fran to New York with $25 million cash prize at the end.

Would you thump a cop for 25 million bucks? Would you endure a cop thumping quicktime event for 25 million bucks? Luckily, EA say the out of car sections will make up less than 10% of the game, hopefully the rest will be pure racing, with plenty of dramatic set-piece events like the avalanche shown halfway through the new trailer. Check out our Need for Speed: The Run hands-on from E3 this year for more. The Run is out November 15 this year.

EA 2011: Mirror's Edge 2 to be powered by Frostbite 2?

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In a Game Trailers interview at E3, president of EA Games, Frank Gibeau all but confirmed that EA is planning to make Mirror's Edge 2, adding that it will likely be powered by Battlefield 3's Frostbite 2 engine.

"We haven't killed Mirror's Edge," Gibeau told Game Trailers. "We're actively looking at how to bring it back in the right way. We love that franchise. The DICE guys really created something I think special the first time around. You've got to have a big idea to be able to do the next one and that's what we're working on."

E3 2011: Need for Speed: The Run trailer has car chases, foot chases

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This is the Need for Speed: The Run trailer showing off some of the foot races and manic, Frostbite 2 powered car chases. EA Black Box are handling development on this one. It's set to hit North America on November 15, Europe on November 17, and in the UK on November 18.

New Need for Speed to use Frostbite 2

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The newly announced instalment in EA's racing franchise - Need for Speed: The Run - will use Frostbite 2 as its base.

Frostbite 2 has rocketed to fame after its graphical horsepower and capabilities were shown off in footage from Battlefield 3, which it also powers.

The Run is being developed by Black Box, and continues the cops vs racers war in a similar fashion to Criterion's Need for Speed: Hot Pursuit from last year. However, this time around the central focus is that of 'The Run'; an illegal cross-country race from San Francisco all the way to New York City. Players will have to "weave through dense urban centers, rocket down icy mountain passes and navigate narrow canyons at breakneck speeds", whilst keeping an eye out for law enforcement.

Need for Speed: The Run is expected November 15 in the US and November 18 in the UK.

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Battlefield 3 announced: 64 man multiplayer, fighter jets, teaser trailer.

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Battlefield 3 is coming. A new website has launched with release details and a new teaser trailer. The game's due out this autumn, and it's already available to pre-order. Read on for the first details.