Electronic Arts have announced the development of a new engine called EA SPORTS IGNITE.
In a press release put out following Microsoft’s Xbox One reveal event, the company detailed the new engine, which it says will power EA SPORTS games on the Xbox One and the PlayStation 4. With this new engine, new EA games will “be alive with players who think, move, and behave like real athletes and dynamic living worlds, transforming the way people play and experience games on next gen consoles”.
Using the new engine, Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA LIVE 14, and UFC will each launch within the next 12 months.
EA SPORTS IGNITE blends new technology with the best rendering, run-time physics, animation, intelligence, locomotion, and online systems from across EA into one powerful, new engine. Athletes will possess human-like intelligence for advanced decision-making, players will have the agility required to change speeds and directions with true athletic motion, and living worlds will make the game experience as rich and dynamic as real-world stadiums and arenas.
Andrew Wilson, Executive Vice President and Head of EA SPORTS, is quoted in the press release as saying;
“Through years of investment and innovation, we have built technology across EA SPORTS to create a game engine that will deliver stunning accuracy, realism and experiences that we previously could only dream about. With EA SPORTS IGNITE and the power of next generation consoles, our games will come alive—with more authenticity, more emotion, more connectivity, and more fun.”
The release highlights FIFA 14 for an example of how IGNITE will allow players in the game to have more human-like reactions, conscious of their environment, so gamers will now see a player’s sense of urgency increasing as the match draws on and a goal is needed, and occasions like rushing to take a free kick, corner, or goal-kick if time is running down.
Animation depth and detail will now be at “10 times the amount”, while 3D crowds and dynamic sidelines will improve gamers’ experiences.
EA have also released a trailer of what their games on Xbox One will look like using IGNITE;