Frostbite 3's 'seamless reality' highlighted in new video

The secret sauce behind Battlefield 4's good looks is the Frostbite 3 engine that powers it. A new video showcases some of the new things that "the next evolution" of DICE's engine can do.

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The secret sauce behind Battlefield 4's good looks is the Frostbite 3 engine that powers it. A new video showcases some of the new things that "the next evolution" of DICE's engine can do.

Sure, there's all the fancy real-time destruction that the franchise is known for. But equally impressive is how the engine is able to render wind physics through trees. Perhaps the most impressive feature is what they call "networked water simulation," so that all players will be able to see the same waves and the same time--even when a fighter jet plops into the ocean. It's all to create what DICE calls a "seamless reality."

Frustratingly for Nintendo fans, the video says Frostbite 3 "runs on everything from iPhone to next-generation consoles." But apparently, not Wii U.

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    June 24, 2013 10:00 AM

    Andrew Yoon posted a new article, Frostbite 3's 'seamless reality' highlighted in new video.

    The secret sauce behind Battlefield 4's good looks is the Frostbite 3 engine that powers it. A new video showcases some of the new things that "the next evolution" of DICE's engine can do.

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      June 24, 2013 10:05 AM

      I want this game SOOO bad.

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      June 24, 2013 10:07 AM

      Couldn't resists one more Nintendo dig eh?

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        June 24, 2013 10:30 AM

        Not really a dig at Nintendo as it is EA. If they say it can run on everything from mobile to next-gen, it SHOULD work on Wii U.

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          June 24, 2013 11:36 AM

          It can! If only there were people to buy it.

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          June 24, 2013 11:56 AM

          Actually, it says their toolset will create content that runs on iPhone and up, not that the engine itself can.

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          June 24, 2013 8:29 PM

          Being able to run on multiple platforms doesn't mean it comes for free. You'd still need to create assets, code, gameplay etc. that's appropriate for those platforms. Perhaps BF4 can't be recreated on wii u (even though the engine can run other stuff).

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      June 24, 2013 10:08 AM

      The BF4 game looked great and played great too at E3.

      However the sound engine has always impressed me with Frostbite games from DICE especially started with Bad Company.

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        June 24, 2013 3:02 PM

        Me, too. I have my stereo hooked up to my system and I always switch to it for Battlefield. Not a lot of games improve that much from muting the LCD speakers and going to proper stereo but those games definitely do.

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        June 24, 2013 3:38 PM

        indeed, they are miles ahead of everyone in the sound departement since BC1

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      June 24, 2013 10:12 AM

      the environmental physics are really cool, but the thing I am most excited for in the next generation of games is character realism. Better facial animations, realistic eyes, lighting/diffusion, textures, etc. That stuff is going to bring games to life.

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      June 24, 2013 10:13 AM

      Looks great but it's always disappointing knowing that the level of graphics you see in the singleplayer will never be seen in multiplayer. The water looks awesome in singleplayer but multiplayer the quality will be dramatically reduced.

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      June 24, 2013 10:16 AM

      At 3:30, is that C&C?

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        June 24, 2013 10:20 AM

        well, it does say "Command and Conquer" @ 3:53,so I'd assume yes

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        June 24, 2013 11:02 AM

        it's not a secret, you know: http://www.frostbite.com/games/future-games/

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          June 24, 2013 11:27 AM

          I know, but its still exciting to see it in action. Shame about the Free-to-Play though.

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        June 24, 2013 5:24 PM

        Yeah there a couple of shots in the video of the game. Didn't know they had been included until I watched so that was really cool. We're probably the most divergent implementation of Frostbite but we're making it work for us.

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      June 24, 2013 10:16 AM

      And THIS is why im not going 1440p yet. This is probably going to ass pound my 570 into dust, hopefully 760tis will be enough to run this on near ultra. (or maybe after my wedding i dip into the house fund a little and just go 770).

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        June 24, 2013 10:17 AM

        yeah same here. i'm happy with 1080 / 1200p. I'll upgrade to 1440p when I have some serious muscle that can push next-gen titles (stuff that will start launching in 2014) at that res with max details.

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        June 24, 2013 11:13 AM

        just get a Titan!

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      June 24, 2013 10:23 AM

      give it to me!!!!!!!!!!!

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      June 24, 2013 10:41 AM

      Frustratingly for Nintendo fans, the video says Frostbite 3 "runs on everything from iPhone to next-generation consoles." But apparently, not Wii U.


      Big difference between 'being' able to run on Wii U and taking the time to port the engine to very small install base. I would assume it might be technically possible, but probably not financially viable due to the low console sell rate.

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      June 24, 2013 10:43 AM

      Kind of funny that it took this long to catch up to Crysis 1 as far as natural environments are concerned.

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      June 24, 2013 10:51 AM

      As excited as I am about this the idea of Battlefront on this engine made by dice makes me even more excited.

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      June 24, 2013 10:58 AM

      DA3 is using this engine. Man, if it looks that good I'm going to need a clean up on isle 3. In this scenario isle 3... is my pants.

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      June 24, 2013 11:16 AM

      Next gen Graphics! http://youtu.be/TMYso30L9zI

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      June 24, 2013 11:26 AM

      OK, videogame tech is fucking good.
      At 3.38 I rewatched it like 5 times, and it fooled me every time. Unfortunately I'd love to play a miasmata type game in that engine, not a battlefield campaign.

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      June 24, 2013 11:32 AM

      Shit looks bananas. I still need to check out BF3.

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      June 24, 2013 11:32 AM

      Rad I am READY

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      June 24, 2013 11:36 AM

      Wait, are they bringing naval combat back?? Or is that more sp only, on rails horsehit that was marketed as dynamic stuff for bf3?

      My interest has piqued!

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        June 24, 2013 12:00 PM

        They did say they had implemented "networked waves", meaning the waves looks identical on all clients. That sort of suggests it will be in multiplayer as well. :)

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          June 24, 2013 1:15 PM

          But big boat combat? Or just the skiffs/zodiacs of bf2 days?

          I would love a massive midway style map with two carrier groups battling it out. Even better if it's set in a wicked pacific storm.

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            June 25, 2013 1:27 AM

            Seems so they show a fighter jet sliding of the deck of a ship, I couldn't tell if it was MP or not. They also showed what appeared to be MP battles on a nighttime map with lightning which showed no land close by and two aircraft carriers/destroyers. So hopefully, yes naval combat is back.

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      June 24, 2013 11:53 AM

      Will play.

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      June 24, 2013 11:59 AM

      I want to be excited but I absolutely despise the unlock system in BF3. :(

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      June 24, 2013 12:03 PM

      fack me

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      June 24, 2013 12:08 PM

      Shame that EA won't let them license it to other studios.

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      June 24, 2013 12:10 PM

      occasionally i'm still awestruck by BF3, this is gonna be madness.

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      June 24, 2013 12:59 PM

      Hey guys lets make this amazing engine that can do all this stuff, but lets prioritize the game around outdated consoles. So client-side hit detection, less detailed graphics, static destruction, poor vehicle controls, and get rid of everything else that the PC does better.

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      June 24, 2013 1:06 PM

      I have a huge boner right now.

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        June 24, 2013 4:15 PM

        Let's sword fight!

        En garde! *thrust*

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      June 24, 2013 1:09 PM

      I hope I can afford a new system in time for BF4 at least. If not.... guess I'm playing on low detail.

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        June 24, 2013 1:09 PM

        have they made any mention of how systems that can run BF3 well will handle 4?

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      June 24, 2013 1:15 PM

      Sexy.

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      June 24, 2013 2:45 PM

      No comments on cheat detection either in the video or in the comments section. Thats what really ruined BF3 for me and I'm sure despite all this awesome shit happening in the video, there will be a guy sitting in spawn knifing the air and getting kills across the map.

      I'm not sure how that didn't go viral. It's the most ridiculous sort of cheating ever.

      State of the art game engine uses ancient PB engine to try and catch state of the art cheaters... anyone else see anything wrong with this?

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        June 24, 2013 4:56 PM

        yea that aspect is certainly pretty infuriating. I dont think I'd ever be able to play BF3/BF4 'for srs' because yea the cheats are easy and annoying but its ok i just play for funzies and to feel like im in a real goddam conflict and enjoy the audio/visuals

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        June 25, 2013 1:58 AM

        I have encountered maybe, maybe 20 or so hackers in 900hrs of BF3. Probably less. Certainly not enough to ruin the game for me.

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          June 25, 2013 4:52 AM

          Then this conversation isn't for you, run along lad.

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        June 25, 2013 2:28 AM

        I dont get why these type of cheaters are a problem. Obvious cheaters are awesome, just ban them or find another server. Way worse is the kind you have to spectate for 15 minutes to figure out if he's just good or there is more to it.. I don't play that much online FPS anymore, and certainly dont admin any servers, but back in the CS days i'd much rather have a cheater that was in spawn within 5 seconds and headshotting everyone, than a subtle cheater I had to watch for several rounds.

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          June 25, 2013 4:52 AM

          I was using a obvious example to illustrate how blatant some cheating is, not to rate the severity of different kinds of hacks.

          I also agree though. I've had my fair share of babysitting. Really good cheaters are a pain in the ass. They eat a lot of time, a lot of manpower, and a lot of fun. Some community servers it takes months to build a case against someone because it takes that much proof and that long before they really fuck up to the point where the majority of the admins can agree they're hacking.

          I shouldn't need to do that in a game I'm playing for fun. It's the complete opposite of it. I eventually started completely ignoring it as some people have a really hard time differentiate what looks like cheating using inferences (like someone aiming at someone else through a wall or leading them).

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      June 24, 2013 3:10 PM

      Priapism inducing.

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      June 24, 2013 5:15 PM

      The more I see of BF4 the more I am looking forward to it.

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        June 24, 2013 6:00 PM

        I played the Siege of Shanghai MP map at E3 and there was a part when I was flying the Cobra and the fucking skyscraper collapsed in front of me as I was laying waste to some dudes on the top floor.

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          June 24, 2013 8:29 PM

          You went to E3 and played BF4!!!

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            June 24, 2013 8:41 PM

            Yeah, it was the only demo that had a fast pass style ticketing system that was much bearable than waiting 2-3 hours for a 20-30 minute spiel.

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      June 24, 2013 6:40 PM

      Alright...that engine is pretty fucking sweet. Glad to see them focusing on the things that make the world dynamic, rather than just pretty. Waves that react dynamically to both the weather conditions and the vehicles and explosions in the water? That's the kind of innovation I've been waiting for :)

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      June 24, 2013 6:45 PM

      /r_picmip 5

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      June 24, 2013 6:52 PM

      woah

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      June 24, 2013 8:02 PM

      Ocean combat stuff is with the waves is fucking amazing. We're talking genuine innovation in FPSs here. I am now excited about this game.

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      June 24, 2013 8:39 PM

      Look! Awesome engine and level design tools that YOU WILL NEVER GET TO MESS WITH EVER. I would be infinitely more impressed if they put that power into the hands of the mod/mapping community and support them, but that will never ever happen.

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      June 24, 2013 8:56 PM

      Maybe they can get VOIP working next. Maybe.

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      June 24, 2013 9:04 PM

      I may have to fly valcan in for personal oversight of the new rig

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      June 24, 2013 9:40 PM

      oooohh yeeeaaaaaaa can't wait. :D

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      June 25, 2013 1:18 AM

      guuuh I want it. I'll sell a kidney to afford a system for it :(

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      June 25, 2013 3:19 AM

      Hot. 3:40 makes me sad that there was never a real sequel to Crysis, though. Also I can't wait for a Mass Effect game with this sort of graphics.

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