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Our Madden NFL franchise will transition to the Frostbite engine with Madden NFL 18, unlocking major visual advancements and new gameplay experiences that will excite dedicated Madden players, football fans and sports fans overall. – Electronic Arts Q3 Earnings Call

Madden NFL 18 News

As the NFL season and Madden NFL 17 season comes to a close, those of us who are not Patriots or Falcons fans have already started looking forward to next season. With that, the first Madden NFL 18 news was recently revealed on the Electronic Arts quarterly earnings call.

The announcement revealed that the Madden NFL franchise will transition to the Frostbite engine. I’ll admit I wasn’t really sure what the Frostbite engine is so I turned to Wikipedia for a quick and easy explanation.

“Frostbite is a game engine developed by EA DICE, the creators of the Battlefield series. The engine currently is designed for use on Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, and Xbox One platforms and is adapted for a range of video game genres. The engine was first used by DICE to create first-person shooters, but it has been expanded to include various other genres such as racing, role playing games, real-time strategy and sports games, and is employed by a number of EA studios. Thus far, the engine is exclusive to Electronic Arts with all titles being published by EA.”

Quite a few EA games have used this engine including the Battlefield series, Star Wars Battlefront, and Dragon Age: Inquisition. In terms of sports titles, Rory McIlroy PGA Tour and Fifa have used the engine thus far.

The Madden series has been running on the Ignite engine since Madden NFL 25. It will be interesting to see how this change will affect the game play as more details begin to trickle out on the game’s development.