New Engine Will Raise The Bar
Battlefield 3 is definitely this year's headline act at GDC, and EA are keen to showcase the action and visuals that DICE have been crafting using the Frostbite 2.0 engine. The new gameplay trailer looks absolutely stunning (in fact, it appears to be FMV at first glance), and EA are confident that BF3 will "leapfrog" the FPS genre. Hit the jump for more details.
The new trailer - embedded above - shows a segment of gameplay set near the border between Iraq and Iran, showcasing both the visuals and the deeply impressive animations of individual squad members (more on that later). Debris and destruction is already set to provide a calamitous shooting experience, but it's nothing compared to what DICE reportedly have in store for us.
The Frostbite 2.0 engine allows for a massive new scope for destruction that will put even the Bad Company games to shame. As well as destroying buildings and cover, the terrain deformation mechanics allows for massive earthquakes to be integrated into the gameplay. Apparently entire cities can can be brought down around the player; toppling buildings and deforming the ground itself.
But it's not just about the overt mayhem. The new engine also features a new animation system that was used in FIFA 11, which provides extremely fluid raw animations for individual soldiers and squads. Sliding across the floor, dragging squadmates to cover and other advanced animations are all rendered and produced in the engine itself, meaning that the action looks incredibly realistic. This ANT toolkit will also be used in Crysis 2, set for release later this month.
Put simply, Call Of Duty is set to meet its biggest challenge to date... and EA know it. Speaking to Eurogamer, EA Games label head Frank Gibeau suggests that Battlefield 3 will raise the bar for the entire genre.
It's what we've been trying to do in the EA Games label over the last couple years – get our mojo back in terms of quality and great IPs. For me, this is a great example of investments we've been making in technology, team culture and getting the talent in place to make world-beating games.
We're going to own what we do because we're going to leapfrog the category by introducing a whole new set of technology that's brand-new. The Frostbite 2 technology is going to help us do things in games and shooters that haven't been done before and will be tough for [the competition] to match.
With DICE at the helm, EA won't even really need to resort to its usual hype machine in order to get us excited about Battlefield 3. We'll keep you updated as more info rolls in. [VT courtesy of VG247]