We already know that Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is being built on DICE’s Frostbite 2 – the engine EA are pushing for as many of their future flagship titles as possible. But what effect will that have on the quality of games produced?
Apparently, a very positive one, according to BioWare’s Neil Thompson.
“Inquisition is being done on the Frostbite 2 engine and it is an astonishingly powerful engine.” Thompson told OXM in issue 95. He admitted that the Eclipse engine used for the previous Dragon Age titles was “starting to creak a little bit” by the time of Dragon Age 2.
But the move to Frostbite 2 is allegedly opening up new doors for artists working on Inquisition.
“There was a pre-production period where almost on a weekly basis I’d be sitting in the environment reviews and being blown away by what was coming out – it looks stunningly beautiful.”
Thompson says Inquisition is asking the question “[c]an you make fantasy beautiful in a different way? We think we have something special for Dragon Age 3: Inquisition,” and that it will not have the “subdued colour palette and harsh brown feel” common to most modern fantasy.
Thompson seems very satisfied with the current progress – “I think when we do start releasing screenshots, people won’t be disappointed.”
Dragon Age 3: Inquisition is slated for release later this year.