Dice developed the new Frostbite DX Win32 engine from the ground up for DirectX 9 Battlefield: Bad Company according to Johan Andersson from Dice. Johan is a self-taught senior software engineer/architect in the central technology group at Dice. For the past years he has been working on the rendering and core engine systems for Battlefield.

DICE next-gen engine & framework

Built from the ground up for Xbox 360 and Playstation 3, Multi-core PCs with DirectX 9 Shader Model 3 & Direct3D 10 along with SM 4.0 and designed to be used in future DICE games. As time progresses advancements to the engine will continue.

Shading system backends

  • Multiple backends
    • DirectX 9 SM3 for PC & Xbox 360
    • High-level GPU communication on 360
    • Direct3D 10 for Windows Vista
    • libGCM for PlayStation 3

Key feature of shading system

  • Rich high-level states instead of low-level platform-dependent states
  • More flexible for both user and system

Editor, FrostED

Asset creation Levels, meshes, shaders, objects Fully separate and C#-based

Terrain Rendering System

  • Long view distance with true horizon
  • 32x32 km visible, 2x2 – 4x4 playable
  • Ground destruction
  • High detail up close
  • Very high detail in a distance
  • Low memory usage
  • Multiple high-res heightfield textures
  • Easy destruction of buildings
  • Fixed grid LOD with vertex texture fetch
  • Normals are calculated in the shader
  • Semi-procedural surface shaders
  • Allows dynamic compositing
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Jevuner Aug 27 2011 says:

They should release FrostED to free... this first step to start modding BC2

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scottellison92 Jan 5 2011 says:

i would like to get my hands on this for my game

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Can-O-Worms Oct 25 2010 says:

Can I get this engine?

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DepriGuy Jan 26 2011 replied:

No, you can´t

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bioswat Aug 6 2010 says:

I really want SDK or free version of this engine

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metoo1115 Aug 1 2010 says:

How do you download it?

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SnakeTheFox Mar 17 2010 says:

I'd care more about the engine if it didn't make DX9 look like such **** by doing crap like disabling anti-aliasing entirely. It really makes no sense considering all the engine has going for it are looks, and when a majority of your players are stuck on XP/DX9, it really gives your engine a bad image.

In b4 some manchild bursts in with a typical "MAYBE YOU SHOULD SPEND (or in their case ask their parents to spend) 300-400 DOLLARS ON WINDOWS 7 AND A NEW GRAPHICS CARD" argument.

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TehGuy Apr 7 2010 replied:

Only upgrade when your OS and hardware become completely obsolete :p

I'm pretty sure some nvidia cards let you override the anti-aliasing and etc. in the physX options panel..

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xonone Sep 4 2009 says:

eh this engine is alright. i dont see why EA cant make the games good tho. i mean there is bugs in BF:BC that EA knows about but isnt doing anything about it. i mean the engine itself is ok but i rather play this engine on a game that is perfect.

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ytres Mar 15 2010 replied:

so wish this engine was moddable

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Brainles5 Jan 6 2010 replied:

EA games doesent make the BF games, Dice does. EA ony publish them.

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