The Madden series is one of the most popular annual franchises year in and year out, with fans coming back each and every year to get the latest iteration. Madden has featured a number of different engines over the years, with the Ignite engine being their most recently used. However, with the transition of FIFA to the Frostbite engine, we were hoping to see Madden make the leap this year as well and now we have learned that they are in fact doing so in Madden 18.
EA DICE introduced the world to the Frostbite engine a number of years ago, but the current iteration is the third generation of Frostbite that has been used in games like FIFA 17, Battlefield 1, and Battlefront. This versatile engine is one of the best looking in the industry, so fans have been waiting for Madden to finally transition to it.
As announced during EA’s end of quarter financial statement, Madden 18 will feature the Frostbite engine when it launches this year.
“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”
The move to Frostbite was huge for FIFA 17, with it helping the visuals and gameplay both perform better than ever. The level of contact in Madden should be even more intensified with this new engine, with it being able to provide players the most realistic experience to date if the other Frostbite games are any indication.
With Madden 18 joining FIFA with Frostbite, we are curious to see if this transition continues with other EA Sports series like NHL, NBA Live, and UFC. It’s pretty likely we’ll see another next year at the current pace, but we are so glad to see Madden getting the Frostbite treatment starting with Madden 18 and can’t wait to get our first glimpse at the game running on this engine in the coming months.