Ignite engine to power next-gen sport


EA has this week unveiled the new engine that will be at the forefront of its next-generation sporting titles.

EA Sports games scheduled for release on the Xbox One and PS4 – including Madden NFL 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live 14, and EA Sports UFC – will all be powered by the Ignite engine, which is said to feature a revolutionary new AI system that more closely emulates the psychology of professional athletes than ever before.

As an example, according to EA: "In FIFA 14, a player’s sense of urgency increases as the match draws on and a goal is needed, rushing to take a free kick, corner, or goal-kick if time is running down."

EA has also promised 3D crowds and "dynamic sidelines" which will react according to both their expectations of a particular match and the current situation the player finds themselves in.

Head of EA Sports, Andrew Wilson, said: "Through years of investment and innovation, we have built technology across EA Sports to create a game engine that will deliver stunning accuracy, realism and experiences that we previously could only dream about.

"With EA Sports Ignite and the power of next generation consoles, our games will come alive—with more authenticity, more emotion, more connectivity, and more fun."

The official trailer for the engine was unveiled at the Xbox One reveal earlier in the week, with key athletes including Jon Jones, Lionel Messi and Robert Griffin III also weighing in on the ‘human intelligence’ aspect of their respective sports.

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