It is amazing what can be learned from financial phone calls. During the recent Electronic Arts Q3 2017 earnings conference call, it was announced that Madden NFL 18 will make a huge transition. The Frostbite Engine, which is used in games like Battlefield 1 and Star Wars: Battlefront, will be the new graphical engine used by Madden going forward. It looks like EA is giving up on the Ignite Engine and will be going with an engine that allows better detail., especially when it comes to physics. FIFA 17 used this same engine and so has Rory McIllroy PGA Tour. There is a lot of potential to be unlocked using Frostbite.
Even though Electronic Arts did not release a NBA Live game on consoles this year, they are planning to use the same engine in its NBA and NHL series in the next couple of years. Did EA believe that they had exhausted all they could from their Ignite engines? Or did they see this more as a failure with the opportunity to jump ship. Either way, for those who complain that these sports games never feel different will be in for a change with the inclusion of the Frostbite engine. However, we could see a lot of issues and bugs with implementing this engine, initially. It will certainly improve with time, but its clear that EA needed a change from its Ignite Engine. Stay tuned for more information involving Madden NFL 18.