Frostbite, the popular EA game engine powering titles within the "Battlefield," "Need for Speed," and "Medal of Honor" series among others, is to be released on mobile devices as Frostbite Go.
EA Games may be poised to take mobile gaming to the next level. While its game ending Frostbite is currently used in the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC platforms, it has announced plans to go mobile, offering a version of the engine called Frostbite Go for Android and iOS devices. In a statement, EA Games discussed the difficulties of running a powerful game engine on mobile devices. "Efficiency in both our runtime memory and runtime performance are both key factors to enabling code and data systems fo deploy content to diverse targets from XBOX360 and PlayStation 4 to iOS and Android."
Social gaming has been a major market for smartphones, and EA likely wants a piece of that. However, until now the phone technology has not been advanced enough to support a game engine such as Frostbite. But now, Frostbite Go can be realistically launched on current-generation high-end smartphones, and potentially take mobile gaming to a new level such as seen on handheld systems such as the PSP in the future. EA Games has remained quiet on any kind of timeline on which Frostbite Go will operate, but it is very likely that the engine will be available for iOS devices prior to an Android release.
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