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EA bringing Frostbite 3 gaming engine to mobile

You may not be able to run next-gen games and graphics from Electronic Arts on your Wii U, but it looks like you'll get them on your iPhone. Electronic Arts has put up a new site for the company's Frostbite 3 gaming engine where it confirms that Frostbite is coming to mobile.

"One of our most exciting current projects is called Frostbite Go," EA says on its site. "A mobile division empowering EA game developers with Frostbite's proven excellent workflows and features to bring true Frostbite experiences to all major mobile platforms."

Frostbite was created by EA Digital Illusions CE (DICE), an EA-owned gaming studio based in Stockholm, Sweden.

Although EA doesn't come out and directly confirm this, it certainly suggests that Frostbite Go will be based on Frostbite 3. The newest version of Frostbite will be the gaming engine behind a number of highly-anticipated titles from EA including Battlefield 4--the first Frostbite 3-powered game--and Dragon Age 3. Frostbite 3 is also expected to power several as yet unannounced games including new Star Wars and Mass Effect titles.

EA also hasn't announced any Frostbite-based gaming titles for mobile, so it's not clear what the first round of Frostbite Go games might look like. It will be interesting to see if EA tries to follow a model similar to that of former Infinity Ward creative strategist Robert Bowling and his new studio Robotoki. The start-up game maker has slated its first release for 2015, in the form of a zombie apocalypse adventure entitled Human Element. This game will not only be a major console and PC release, but also playable on mobile devices with all platforms interacting in the same gaming world. As part of the mobile version, Human Element will feature social and mobile elements such as Foursquare check-ins and the Google Maps API, according to Games Industry International. Before Human Element comes out in 2015, Robotoki also plans to release Human Element prequel games exclusively for the Android-based Ouya.

With Frostbite 3 and Frostbite Go, EA could also produce cross-platform games that allow hard-core console gamers and iOS gamers to play together in the same virtual world. Hopefully, we'll find out more about EA's Frostbite plans in June during the E3 gaming expo in Los Angeles. At that same show, we should also get another look at Battlefield 4 before it hits store shelves this fall.

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