FIFA 17 is being built on EA’s Frostbite engine rather than EA Sports’ usual Ignite engine, according to a report by Game Informer.
The outlet claims that all of EA’s major sports titles will be transitioned to Frostbite “over the course of the next few years”, with this year’s FIFA 17 set to lead the way. Madden NFL 17, NHL 17 and NBA Live 17 will still use Ignite, however, although each are “expected to convert in the near future”.
EA has typically used Frostbite to power all of its major non-sports titles on current-gen, with Need For Speed, Battlefield 4, Star Wars: Battlefront and Dragon Age Inquisition all making use of the engine. It isn’t yet clear which engine is being used for Titanfall 2, however.
FIFA 17 won’t be the first sports game built using Frostbite, though: last year’s Rory McIlroy PGA Tour also made use of the engine.
FIFA 17 is expected to be revealed imminently, with a release planned on console and PC before the end of September. The game will take a “major leap forward in personalization, immersion and competition,” EA CEO Andrew Wilson said last month.