Play Command & Conquer Beta free

The beta for Command & Conquer (of course powered by Frostbite 2) is now beta, meaning you can register for free and play it! Click here to play the game. You need an Origin (EA) account for it, but you can register for that free and easily here.

Unconvinced this is something you shouldn’t miss? Check this gameplay trailer:

Mass Effect 4 will run on the Frostbite 2 engine

The studio director of BioWare Montreal Yanick Roy has announced that the newest addition to the Mass Effect series will be running on the Frostbite 2 game engine. Much more information has not yet been releaced apart from that the studio is currently hiring new people, which is always a good sign… Read more in the official BioWare blog.

Shooting Noobs and Aces

Being a veteran FPS player, it’s hard to hang up the old knife and sniper rifle. After being convinced by family and friends that I needed to take a step back from shooting people in the head with a virtual gun, I was sent (banished is more like it) to the glamorous country of Paris.

With my laptop taken from me, my online options became very limited. I wandered around online gaming portals like partypoker and started playing some serious poker. As it turns out, I’m a natural at being aggressive, having shot people just for being in the line of fire multiple times, it does set a tone for how you do things. Playing poker, as it turns out, is more than just taking another man’s money; it’s also about strategy and making the right decisions when the cards are stacked up against you. Poker teaches you the perfect balance between being aggressive and being passive and learning to apply both to confuse your enemy to win multiple hands. So this forced moratorium on shooting games had given me a fresh outlook on how to do things. I enjoyed the scenery Paris had to offer and tried to visit as many notable places as I could. While I still occasionally sneak a peek at what’s new in the world of FPS at GamesRadar and occasionally look at cool looking guns at WorldGuns, I enjoyed my short vacation on shooting games. It’s too bad that I didn’t get to meet any French women; I still haven’t learned how to deal with those yet. But I’m sure I’ll get there eventually.

So after getting back from vacation, I surprised everyone by not immediately going through my usual routine and going online faster than you can say “Frag it!” Having a good balance between life and play has made me a better person (at least to other people). I still play poker on a regular basis as I find the mental challenge stimulating and I believe it improves my overall shooting game. It also helps me unwind physically while still keeping my mind sharp and alert. I find myself using less bullets and my strategy has improved from the usual storm-the-front-with-guns-blazing routine. Apart from that, my team mates appreciate that I don’t shoot them just to kill the guy in front, anymore. It is true that to appreciate something, one must take a step back and look at it from a different perspective. Yes, the art enthusiast in Paris has gotten to me.

While I still see myself shooting noobs in the foreseeable future, it’s comforting to know that my horizon is not so limited as before. Before my Paris tryst with poker, I loved FPS games; now I love what they bring to my life. I’m glad there’s a distinction now.

Ghost Games makes new NFS game

EA Gothenburg is now called Ghost Games. And it will create the newest Need for Speed game, most likely running on the Frostbite 2 engine. At least, it’s hiring people that indicate this :)

The last Frostbite powered NFS game was NFS The Run. A year later Need for Speed Most Wanted was (re-)released, but that was powered by another game engine. However, the next one will most likely be a Frostbite 2 powered race game.

More info here. (Eurogamer)

Also here. (VG24/7)

Medal of Honor: Warfighter Video Review

On October the 23rd the newest Medal of Honor game has been released for PS3, X360, PC and Wii U. And obviously it is also powered by the stunning Frostbite 2 Game Engine. The game most certainly looks the part but has a number of imperfections as this video review from will make clear.

More info on this game:
Official Website

The recommended system requirements are an Intel Core 2 Quad 3 GHz, 4GB RAM and a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 560…

BF3 Close Quarters VFX Destruction Montage

Here’s a great little visual effects montage of some tests that have been done with the Frostbite 2 engine focusing on destruction.
Frostbite 2 Destruction

The YouTube Description:

This video is a demo montage made by DICE Senior VFX Artist Nadab Göksu to check the quality of the HD Destruction effects in Battlefield 3™: Close Quarters. This video is part of an “Inside DICE” blog post on the Battlefield Blog. Head here for the full post:

Games running on the Frostbite 2 Game Engine

Here’s a list of released and upcoming games powered by the Frostbite 2 Game Engine.

Battlefield 3 – 2011
Need for Speed: The Run – 2011

Medal of Honor: Warfighter – 2012
Army of Two: The Devil’s Cartel – 2013
Command & Conquer Generals 2 – 2013
Battlefield 4 – 2013/2014
Dragon Age III: Inquisition – 2013

Rumors of future Frostbite 2 games
Mirror’s Edge 2…
The next Mass Effect game…