BioWare: Dragon Age 3 is “stunningly beautiful” on Frostbite 2

Dragon Age 3

By on January 23, 2013 at 9:41 am

Of course we can’t see it for ourselves yet, but BioWare’s Neil Thompson says that once screenshots for the game are released to the wild, we’ll all be true believers.

Dragon Age: Origins and Dragon Age 2 were both done using BioWare’s own Eclipse engine, and it was starting to creak a little bit when Dragon Age 2 came out,” said Thompson to OXM. “Inquisition is being done on the Frostbite 2 engine and it is an astonishingly powerful engine.”

“The Dragon Age artists were always slightly disappointed at how their work was visualised in the final product with Eclipse, but with Frostbite, they’ve just done some amazing stuff. 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. So I think when we do start releasing screenshots, people won’t be disappointed.”

Big talk, but the Frostbite 2 engine is an impressive piece of kit, and it’s never been turned towards the fantasy genre before. Fingers crossed!

Source: OXM via VG247

11 comments (Leave your own)

So far Frostbite 2 has been, like Cryengine 3, only spectacular when in the hands of it’s creators. Everyone else manages to make it just look a bit rubbish. The Run, Most Wanted, and Warfighter were all almost stunning games as far as visuals, but were at the bottom of the lake in the middle of uncanny valley. I’ll be surprised if Dragon Age 3 looks any good.


Bioware, come on, you know the rules… pics or it didn’t happen.


You can sing to the heavens to how great the game looks all you like but don’t expect me to care until you start proving how good it looks.


Even DICE can’t get FB2 to work right in a game sense, the hit rego in particular for an FPS is awful, but that’s a discussion for another time. In this RPG with dice roll gameplay, the engine should work really well. Looks wise it’s always been a good engine, with claims like BF3 only used 10% of it’s capability, then you really need to think if it only used 10%, wth were DICE actually doing? Hopefully BioWare will show DICE how to make stunning visuals combined with great gameplay in one package, however with the fallout from ME3, DA2 and SWTOR hanging over BioWare of late I’m not holding my breath…


Who gives a crap? Honestly? The problem with DA2 wasn’t outdated visuals; it was watered-down gameplay and a nonsensical abandonment of the merits of the first game. Rather than blowing hot air about how good the game is going to look Bioware should be working to convince its fans that the new DA will offer the rich RPG experience of the original rather than the empty arcade affair of its sequel. That’s if that is actually the case. Given that they’re spieling about the graphics engine I’d wager not.


DA1 awesome.
DA2 console port rubbish.

Will they learn from their mistakes?


DA1 awesome.
DA2 console port rubbish.

Will they learn from their mistakes?

Not if they continue to follow the path shown in the Mass Effect series.


ITT overly predictable Bioware hate, because they’re all successful and stuff.

DA2, mechanics-wise, was superior to DAO. Some lazy design decisions and suddenly the internet bandwagon (at least half probably haven’t played it) hates the game.

10 minutes of sub-par ending in ME3 and the very same bandwagon has written off the series as the downfall of BW. Never mind the rest of the game, how well it sold, the BUCKETLOADS of FREE DLC for the multiplayer (and the awesome multiplayer itself), the game was a failure because the bandwagon says so.

Even TOR was a perfectly respectable MMO, unfortunately going the same way as the vast majority of the genre and bleeding players after 6 months. The worst thing they did with that was come up with a FTP model that punished previous subscribers… I highly doubt that decision had anything to do with the developers though.


Have you actually played DA2? The combat and skill/talent systems have more depth than the original.


Do you know what I love?




I agree with most of that, however

I highly doubt that decision had anything to do with the developers though.

Is generally where most peoples ire comes from. I’m sure they could do a great PC game with frostbite, however will the developers be allowed to spend the time on it they want or will it be ‘get console going first then see what you can fit in with what budget we have left.’

As long as consoles are seen as the money tree, PC games will be prioritized accordingly.



The problem with DA2 was that it was Mass Dragon Effect Age 2 — simple as that. People like Mass Effect and the like Dragon Age but that does not mean you should be combining the two. Watermelon and chicken would taste horrible together, and DA plus ME, too, left a sour taste in the mouth of gamers.

Just saying…

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