Aaryn Flynn, GM for BioWare’s Edmonton & Montreal studios, has revealed that BioWare will be using the next iteration of DICE’s Frostbite engine for both the new Mass Effect game and Dragon Age III: Inquisition. Good news then I guess as developers will have the engine to push the game’s environments, physics, and visuals to higher standards. Dragon Age 2 was powered by the Lycium Engine, while the entire Mass Effect series was powered by Epic’s Unreal Engine 3.
For everyone who’s been asking after the #BF4 reveal, #DA3 and the next Mass Effect are also using Frostbite 3. It’s awesome
Battlefield 4’s visuals should be an indication of what we can expect from those two titles, though we expect Dragon Age 3’s visuals to be slightly worse as it will feature open world environments.
There is little that we know about the next Mass Effect game. BioWare is currently exploring new directions, both on the gameplay and story fronts, however players can expect the pillars the franchise is known for to be fully intact.
As for Dragon Age 3, we were hoping to see some leaked screenshots or videos during this year’s GDC. BioWare has not revealed any footage from this upcoming RPG yet (apart from an off-screen image). The game is planned for release later this year, so we might get more news, images and videos during E3. Hopefully.