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Both Dragon Age 3: Inquisition and the next Mass Effect will use the Frostbite 3 engine, BioWare has confirmed.

BioWare Edmonton and Montreal general manager Aaryn Flynn confirmed the news in a tweet last night, following speculation that the two titles may use DICE's older Frostbite 2 engine.

"For everyone who's been asking after the #BF4 reveal, #DA3 and the next Mass Effect are also using Frostbite 3. It's awesome".

Frostbite 3 was announced during Battlefield 4's reveal earlier this week.

The engine is designed to offer "hundreds of different improvements" over Frostbite 2, including improved animation systems, physics and lighting, and take advantage of "multi-core" platforms.

As with Battlefield 4, however, it seems like neither Dragon Age 3 or Mass Effect will be coming to Wii U, with DICE's executive producer Patrick Bach telling Eurogamer that the Frostbite engine is not currently compatible with Nintendo's console.

"We right now don't have support for the Wii U in the Frostbite engine," he said. "The reason for that is it takes development time. What should we focus on to create the best possible Battlefield experience? We are now focused on PC and the current-gen platforms, and then there might be other platforms in the future that we can't talk about..."

Frostbite 3 is expected to debut with Battlefield 4 this autumn.

Source: Twitter, Eurogamer

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BC_Animus's Avatar


I actually prefer non-multiplatform games in many ways, but the thing is with all the big players skipping on the platform and refusing to make ports for it kinda makes it less attractive for the non-multiplatform developers...
Posted 16:04 on 30 March 2013
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rbevanx@ Woffls

I figured I'd ask straight-out, so during the Q&A with Rein, I did. "Will UE4 run on the Wii U?"

"Hahaha no." Rein said, with expert comedic timing. The room erupted with laughter. As the laughs died down, Rein continued: "I mean, sorry, it's not really a correct answer. We're not… we have Unreal Engine 3 for the Wii U. Right?

That doesn't sound very good to me when other developers are laughing at this.
Posted 15:35 on 30 March 2013
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Woffls@ FantasyMeister

I expect publishers to support the platform so I can choose between the merits of each version.

And let's clarify something: neither developer is saying that WiiU can't run these engines, they're saying they haven't implemented it.
Posted 20:29 on 29 March 2013
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rbevanx@ FantasyMeister

Well I buy consoles to play games...I thought that's why people buy them.

Looks like Unreal Engine 4 doesn't work on there either.

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Posted 19:17 on 29 March 2013
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I honestly don't think Wii U owners care. They didn't buy the Wii U to play these sorts of games. Surely?
Posted 18:17 on 29 March 2013
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Poor Wii U, poor, poor Wii U.
Posted 17:16 on 29 March 2013

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