Frostbite is a powerful game engine developed by DICE Company in 2008. This Game Engine is written in C++ and C#. It develops games for PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox one. It exclusively develops games for electronic Arts and specializes for FPS (First Person Shooter) games.

The first release of the engine was called Frostbite 1 and its first game was, Battlefield: Bad Company. It used HDR (High Dynamic Range) Audio for better sound perception and Destruction 1.0 for destroying object in the games. The improved version called Frostbite 1.5 was used in Battlefield: 1943 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2.

Frostbite 2 was first employed in Battlefield 3 in 2011 that used Destruction 3.0. Using the same engine, EA Black Box developed Need For Speed: The Run, that was a racing game. This engine was also employed to develop Army of Two, a Third Person Shooter Game.

Frostbite was employed in Battlefield 4 in 2013, which used more dynamic environment for players and Destruction 4.0. It also used Mental API to utilize CPU and GPU more efficiently. The remaining 5 games of NEED For Speed series were also developed using this engine. The first support game developed in this engine was Rory Mclory PGA Tour. The engine was also employed in whole series of FIFA games, Star wars, Madden and Planets Vs. Zombies.

It is an immensely powerful engine that provides specialized tasks. But it requires technical support and training to use it. There is not much online assistance (videos etc) available for developers so in case of any error, user will have to contact a technician.


  • New Level Of FPS(First Person Shooter) Realism
  • Huge Detailed Landscapes
  • Dense Urban Areas
  • Large Forests With Destructible Foliage
  • High Density Vegetation And Debris
  • Dynamic Lighting And Shadows
  • Award Winning Immersion And Audio
  • Demolishes Building
  • Dynamic Ocean Combat
  • Dynamic Skies
  • Networked Water Simulation
  • More Immersive Storytelling

Games Developed in Frostbite

Game: Battlefield V
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Game: FIFA20
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Game: Need for Speed: Heat
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Game: Star Wars: Battlefront II
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Useful Resources

Here's our list of top five game programming books you should read.

Game Engine Black Book: DOOM: v1.1

The book Game Engine Black Book: DOOM: v1.1 is just a masterpiece from Fabien Sanglard as it describes not only the details of how the code works, but also some interesting history and trivia. The description of hardware capabilities, audio/video interfaces, and design decisions behind them is quite interesting.

If you're not a programmer the book is still interesting - it explains lots of neat tricks, plenty of photos, quotes, and backstory about how the game was developed.

Game Programming Patterns

With over 85% 5-start reviews on Amazon, readers agree that Robert Nystrom's Game Programming Patterns is a must have for any software developer. It has a crystal clear look at how to be the benevolent architect of a very complicated software/game without getting lost.

The author presents the architecture of a game in an easy to understand matter not from an academic perspective but from experience. The book contains code examples written in C++, well organised and written so cleanly that it feels like pseudo-code.

Beginning C++ Through Game Programming

With Beginning C++ Through Game Programming, Michael Dawson builds your knowledge from the ground up. This book not only is easy to understand and teaches well, but it is focused on the very subject to learn C++ for game programming.

When it comes to game programming, C++ is the name of the game.

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

This is highly recommend book for anyone who likes history of videos games, or just likes good stories. Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made captures the complexity of game development that anyone can pick up and enjoy.

If you have even a passing interest in gaming be sure to pick this one up. (reader's comment)

Foundations of Game Engine Development - Volumes 1, 2

The volume 1 of the book discusses the mathematics needed by engineers who work on games or other virtual simulations. The volume 2 explores the vast subject of real-time rendering in modern game engines.

The book is packed with great C++ code snippets and examples. You have tried-and-true methods that can be incorporated into any game engine and source code is not specific to any API or framework.