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Is Frostbite 2.0 the new gaming phenomenon?

In 1999, the Texas-based game developing company id Software designed a certain gaming engine,

id Tech 3

, for the then gaming sensation Quake III. The game received huge acclaim globally and soon the engine came to be known as Quake III engine. During its time, the

id Tech 3

competed with the

Unreal

engine. Later, games like Call of Duty: United Offensive and Quake Live developed with the Quake III engine at their base. Most recently,

Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

is also being developed with the modified Quake III engine.

Nine years later, a new engine started coming into prominence. Developer

EA Digital Illusions (DICE)

created an engine which they called Frostbite, for the company's new game

Battlefield: Bad Company

, the first in the Battlefield series. The new engine brought new expectations, as well as a fresh set of speculations. By then, the Quake III engine had drastically evolved and was helping games make a name in the industry.

g4tv.com: A cutscene from Battlefield 3

Meanwhile in 2004,

id Tech 3

had evolved into

id Tech 4

which turned into the life-blood of games like

Doom 3, Quake 4

and

Wolfenstein

(2009). Unlike its ancestor,

id Tech 4

had new features such as specular highlight technology, two new versions of mapping (bump mapping and normal mapping) and the most attractive per-pixel lighting system. This new lighting system became a revolution in the industry because earlier the 3D engines, mostly, used a certain lighting system which worked on a previously calculated per vertex lighting technology, commonly known as lightmaps and Gouraud shading. Doom 3 brought with it a real time approach which used the shadow volume for a more life-like light effect and shadow output.

The first Frostbite engine was nowhere near to what id Tech had achieved over the years. The engine had very few features to boast about. The chief feature of this engine was an enhanced improvement in sound system, which id Tech had already mastered a long time back. The sound technology, however, was the next level of intense gaming as now you would be able to hear sounds of gunshots and commands from your commander over the background music. Other real time features like advanced destruction had not yet evolved then, and the most you could do is just destroy barriers such as walls.

Frostbite

picked itself up the following year with

Frostbite 1.5

which was used in the 2009 game

Battlefield 1943

. The real time destruction mode saw an elevation in recognition where now you could pulverize an entire building. The engine was later put to use in DICE's

Battlefield: Bad Company 2

in 2010. The game also became the first to bring the engine to the Windows platform, where the game had very little DirectX11 shader support and didn't even make full use of the API (application programming interface).

EA DICE was lagging way behind

id Tech 3

and

4

with

Frostbite 1.5

, and looked for a way to compete with games like the Call of Duty: Modern Warfare series and

Quake Wars

.

Frostbite 2.0

was developed as an answer. The engine will come into existence with

Battlefield 3,

which will now make use of the entire

DX11 API

and an integrated 64-bit processor. An additional

Destruction 3.0

has also been included, which will provide filtered physics compared to its ancestors.

wallpapersfolder.com: Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3

A new tile-based delayed shading technology in Battlefield 3 via

Frostbite 2.0

will speed up through the

DirectCompute

technology which will be sent to SPU's of PlayStation 3. The use of MLAA (Morphological Anti-Aliasing), which is highlighted in games like

God of War III

and

LittleBigPlanet 2

, will also come to the forefront. Environmental destruction physics has been enhanced along with subsurface scattering in real time. These are just a few new qualities of the engine that can lighten up the (http://www.ibtimes.com/articles/167465/20110622/video-games-modern-warfare-3-call-of-duty-ea-activision-battlefield-3-preview-review-e3-us-germany-i.htm) Battlefield 3 vs. Call of Duty Modern Warfare 3 war.

MW3 will use the improved form of

id Tech 3

, while

id Tech 5

continues to get developed for future gaming ventures like Rage and Doom 4. As for Battlefield 3, this is it the ultimate test of character where the company and its new game will be put on the frontline facing user expectations which will also determine the later

Frostbite 2.0

powered releases like

Need For Speed: The Run

and

Mirror's Edge 2

, and till now, as per the gameplay videos,

Frostbite

is definitely looking like the future of the gaming industry.
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