DICE: “We’ll Have Frostbite-Powered Games In 2013 That Will Require a 64-Bit OS”

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It’s time to upgrade, according to DICE Rendering Architect.

Johan Andersson, who’s worked extensively with the Frostbite 2 engine which recently powered games like BlackBox’s Need for Speed: The Run and, of course, DICE’s Battlefield 3, has recently announced that upcoming Frostbite-powered games will soon require a 64-bit operating system in order to be played on the PC.

He stated on Twitter, “we’ll have Frostbite-powered games in 2013 that will require a 64-bit OS. If you are on 32-bit, great opportunity to upgrade to Windows 8.” For those wondering, he also added that it will be “perfectly fine to use Windows 7 or Vista (SP2) as well, as long it is 64-bit.”

As many know, EA has adopted the game engine recently crafted by Swedish-based developers DICE to power upcoming titles by other developers under the EA umbrella. So far, Medal of Honor: Warfighter by Danger Close and Command & Conquer: Generals 2 by BioWare are the only two titles confirmed to utilize Frostbite 2. If you haven’t checked out the lastest Warfighter trailer, make sure to do so here.

However, we can safely assume that the rumored Battlefield: Bad Company 3, which was recentlyspotted in development, and Mirror’s Edge 2 will also be powered by the Frostbite 2 engine.

Other titles rumored to utilize the engine include the Army of Two sequel, Dragon Age 3 and Dead Space 3.

Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Under Development According To Employee Resume

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Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Under Development According To Employee Resume

Our first hint of the existence of Battlefield: Bad Company 3 appears in the form of LinkedIn profiles which also reveal that development for Mirror’s Edge 2 may also be well underway.

Gamerzines has noticed that LinkedIn user Michael Joseph C. has listed that in between 2009 and 2011, he has “provided video game prototype, design and demo feedback on various AAA titles including the Battlefield: Bad Company 3, Dead Space 2, Devil May Cry 5 and other unannounced titles.”

Additionally, a former EA Software Engineer listed Mirror’s Edge 2 as a project between July and August 2009. He also mentioned the implementation of a “wandering of crowd system within Unreal3 engine.”

Of course, neither Battlefield: Bad Company 3 nor Mirror’s Edge 2 have been confirmed by DICE or EA, though we can hope to hear something of one of the two at this year’s E3.

When do you think we’ll see the release of Battlefield: Bad Company 3, assuming it will eventually be confirmed?

EA Wants to Own The FPS Genre by 2014, Will Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Be the Knockout Punch?

DICE Wants “to Build Game Changing Experiences, Not Just Pretty Visuals,” Frostbite 2 for Next-Gen Consoles Discussion

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DICE rendering architect Johan Andersson talks about the specs needed to be in the generation of consoles in order for the studio’s engine, Frostbite 2, to emulate the visual marvels it can accomplish on high end PCs.

“There’s two things: memory and processing power,” Andersson stated in an interview with Joystiq. He went on to stress the importance of processing power, “we need lots and lots of processing power. The more you can cram into a machine, we’ll take advantage of that.” In terms of RAM, Andersson explained that “two gigabytes would not be enough.” However, ”four gigabytes would work [the recommend specs for Battlefield 3]. Eight gigabytes? Yeah. I think that would be perfect when it comes to memory.” On the GPU front, Andersson would like to see faster units; however, he doesn’t foresee consoles with multiple GPUs.

On a final note, Andersson offered his vision for what we can expect from DICE and the Frostbite 2 Engine. He explained that the end goal is not just a graphical improvement, but rather “to build game changing experiences, not just pretty visuals, but game changing experiences? That’s what we’re really excited to do, going forward.”

In a recent job listing we discovered, DICE, as it’s the case with many major studios, is working on “next generation titles.”

Bad Company 3 on the next Xbox, PS4, and PC is one intriguing thought, in my opinion. Beyond the next three expansion packs, what would you like to see from DICE?

 

EA Wants to Own The FPS Genre by 2014, Will Battlefield: Bad Company 3 Be the Knockout Punch?

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Electronic Arts has set their sights on reclaiming the first-person shooter throne for a while now – two and half years, to be exact. And COO, Peter Moore, predicts that within the same amount of time, EA will, indeed, own the genre based on their original 5-year plan to make it to the top.

Speaking at an Electronic Arts Information Session at the University of British Columbia, Moore expressed EA’s continuing desire to overtake the shooter genre by the year 2014, specifically referencing the Call of Duty franchise, according to our sources. Moore explained that EA plans on doing so by means of their star shooter franchise, Battlefield, as well as the technology backing it up. With the power of game engines like Frostbite 2 and their A.N.T technology, EA is banking on their research in these technologies to become a large part of their success.

While it may seem obvious, this implies another major release in the Battlefield franchise by next year, or soon, if EA really wants to kick things into gear. While it is unlikely that gamers will be seeing a direct sequel to Battlefield 3 any time soon, the same can’t be said for a sequel to Digital Illusion CE’s popular spin-off series, Battlefield: Bad Company.

Making the scenario of a sequel to 2010′s Battlefield; Bad Company 2 all the more likely is a statement made by an EA spokesperson regarding the Bad Company series: “Obviously no announcements to make on this, but we see Battlefield Bad Company as a very viable component of the Battlefield universe moving forward.”

Though a follow up to 2010′s Medal of Honor was revealed last week, titled, Medal of Honor: Warfighter, and is set for release this October, EA still wants to keep Battlefield 3 relevant. Moore also specifically mentioned his admiration for Activisions subscription-based service, Call of Duty: Elite. He added, “Certainly we’ve got a digital content flow yet to be announced on that. We will look at different business models that will make a good value for the consumer.”

Call of Duty has obviously seen mass success in the recent years, especially on the consoles, platforms that recent entries to the series was obviously tailored to. This is not surprising seeing its extremely wide user base compared to that of the PC. It could be said that this was one of the main motivations for the Bad Company series in the first place – a shooter aimed at the console audience. Keeping this in mind, and given Bad Company 2′s more “focused” approach to first-person shooters when compared to Battlefield‘s more “sandbox” play style, it is likely that EA will be relying heavily on the appeal of Battlefield: Bad Company 3. If EA really wants to take the cake on this one and hit Call of Duty where it hurts, their going to have to win the console audience over, and audience currently dominated by Activision’s Call of Duty franchise. The release of Bad Company 3 could do wonders to aid EA in its goal.

Also lending to this theory is the confirmation that DICE will not be developing multiplayer forMedal of Honor: Warfighter this year, giving them a head start in producing their next title. And, as we all know, it’s been made known that a number of DICE employees have left work on Battlefield 3to focus their attention elsewhere.

Of course, we should not forget that Respawn Entertainment, who are now also under the EA umbrella, are set to release their debut FPS in 2013. In this case, perhaps EA would not want to push out two AAA FPS games in the same year, meaning a 2014 release of BFBC3 might make more sense. The question is, will EA save the next Bad Company sequel as the final blow to the heavyweight that is Call of Duty? Either way, the next couple of years are shaping up to be an exciting time for the FPS genre.

We want to hear your thoughts. What year do you think we’ll be seeing Battlefield: Bad Company 3and will it be the real “CoD killer”? Do you think EA has what it takes to overtake the Call of Dutyfranchise or do you even care? Let us know in the comments below!