In a recent interview with The New York Times, Electronic Arts executive Frank Gibeau let it slip that the company is working on a “high-end” Battlefield game for mobile platforms.
The news came about when Gibeau was asked if a title such as Battlefield could possibly be ported to a smaller platform. Citing the news that Battlefield 4‘s Commander Mode will be playable on iOS and Android devices, he said:
“We are working on a mobile game of Battlefield that will be high-end and high-performance. It’s our bet that we can successfully pull that off. But we’re embarking on something no one has ever done before–to get these games to inter-operate between platforms. Will it work? It already has in some cases. Will it work for all franchises? Not all franchises will make the transition. Battlefield might be a little harder.”
If you are wondering how EA and DICE would properly be able to run Battlefield on a mobile platform, the answer may lie with the recently announced Frostbite Go game engine. It was exclusively designed for developing mobile and handheld titles and is actually a version of the current Frostbite engine, which runs titles such as Battlefield 3 and Need for Speed: The Run.
I find myself being more and more impressed by how developers continue to push the power of mobile platforms. To sound like an old man, I remember when my old phone was just powerful enough to run solitaire. Now I can get miniaturized versions of a big name franchise such as Battlefield. How awesome is that?
We will have more information on this mobile version of Battlefield when Electronic Arts officially announces it. For now though, tell us, are you impressed that DICE may be able to get Battlefield to run on your mobile device of choice? Let us know in the comment section below.