EA’s Madden NFL series moves to Frostbite engine

The most sought after (and arguably cursed) cover in games was revealed this weekend as Madden NFL 18 unveiled five time Superbowl winner Tom Brady as their cover star.

What you also might have noticed was that EA Sports also annouced the Madden NFL 18, unsurprisingly, has now moved over to the Frostbite engine. EA has been moving franchises across to DICE’s propriety engine for a few years now and FIFA 17 was the first regular release sports title to move across last year. But this move could signal the end of EA’s Ignite engine.

The move also means that every regularly released EA franchise (except NHL) is now operating on Frostbite. This includes FIFA, Need for Speed and Battlefield, with Star Wars Battlefront 2 also on the engine. Whilst no annoucnment has been made on the engine for Visceral and Amy Hennig’s new Star Wars game will be on, the studio’s previous release, Batllefield Hardline, was also on Frostbite.

There is no word on any other EA releases taking on the engine, most notably NHL or NBA releases, but with NHL being the most regular of these, it’s possible this move could be announced at E3. There’s also no word on how this will effect development of titles for the Nintendo Switch, but again, that could be something discussed further at EA’s Play conference during E3.

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