Amid all the Xbox One hullabaloo, EA Sports decided to announce a brand new next-generation engine.
It's called Ignite and it will power new EA Sports titles for the new Xbox and PlayStation 4. This year's crop of sports games will boast the fresh engine, so you can check it out if you purchase Madden NFL 25 , FIFA 14 , NBA Live 14 or EA Sports UFC . All of these will be available within the next year.
The Ignite engine improves rendering, run-time physics, animation, AI, locomotion and online systems. The publisher boasts that this new engine is capable of displaying athletes with "human-like intelligence" and the stadiums and arenas will be like "living worlds."
Said EA in a statement:
"Athletes in EA Sports next-gen games will be able to make intelligent decisions with human-like reaction times. EA Sports Ignite computes four times more calculations per second than previous consoles, unlocking nearly infinite potential for how players think, and enabling them to make more difficult decisions faster.
Players are alive with contextual awareness and instincts–thinking, anticipating, and reacting–just like real athletes, and players are conscious of their environment. In FIFA 14, for example, a player’s sense of urgency increases as the match draws on and a goal is needed, rushing to take a free kick, corner, or goal-kick if time is running down."
Sports games don't quite dominate the industry the way they once did, but several franchises are still immensely popular. And I'm interested to see the next step in realism and authenticity. How about you?