EA Unveils New Sports Engine, EA Sports Ignite

By Luke Caulfield , Updated May 22, 2013 10:09 AM EDT
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Electronic Arts has a lot more planned for the future of its games on Xbox One than just the Frostbite3 engine. The EA brand was built on sports, so it comes as no surprise really that the next big sports games from the brand are running on a whole new engine for a whole new console.

Executive VP of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, revealed on Tuesday duing the Xbox One announcement that EA has four sports games currently in development for the console, all running on the brand new sports engine, EA Sports Ignite, said to "blur the line between real and virtual."

The four games in question are FIFA 14, Madden NFL 25, NBA Live 14, and a new UFC title, EA Sports UFC. All four ship within the next 12 months.

There was a lot of buzzy descriptors thrown around during Wilson's presentation, like "four times more calculations per second," "human-like intelligence," and that AI players have a "greater field of view." Now, tech points are great, but what's it actually look like?

The entire presentaton is below, so why not see for yourself? The actual games can be seen at 5:38.

The graphic upgrade comes to more than just the games' players, but to the virtual viewers as well: "The atmospheres will not only look real, but they will feel real. EA SPORTS IGNITE delivers environments that are alive with stunning visual accuracy, as ever-changing as real-world stadiums that evolve throughout a match. For the first time, 3D crowds and dynamic sidelines have emotions and intelligence, reacting to how the match unfolds. No two plays and no two games will ever be the same."

Granted, that was just a taste. Microsoft has promised that we'll see more of the Xbox One library, and the EA games therein, come E3. As more bits and pieces are released to flesh out EA's new engine, we'll let you know.

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