Go Behind the Scenes with New Battlefield 3 Assets

April 8, 2011, By Christian Davis

Battlefield 3 is just gorgeous in every aspect. The highly impressive Frostbite 2 engine is really a groundbreaking piece of technology and later this year we will all be shooting our friends with it.

The assets provided give an inside look to a mere small portion of game design. Some of the images below will also come with a small description to explaining what exactly is going on in these photos. Some of these you’ve seen in a past Game Informer magazine and some are brand new.

Animation 1+2

Composite showing a number of frames of animation of a soldier sliding into cover in a couple of ways. The ANT tech lets us blend any number of animations seamlessly.


A view of what audio engineer Stefan Strandberg’s desktop might look like when working with audio in Frostbite 2. The large schematic shows a view of how a model’s (in this case, one of our tanks) sound is processed based on everything that can happen at any one time in the game.


Frostbite 2 Lighting 1-3

Frostbite 2 lets us use features such as dynamic radiosity, dynamic shadows, and deferred lighting on a big scale. Included are some examples of an environment where you can see just the lighting information (1), the actual light probes that control how light affects dynamic objects (2 – one of these probes contain more lighting information than an entire level from BFBC2), and the finished environment they way a player would see it (3).

Not Built toLast

As you know, destruction will be a major part of Battlefield 3, both on a micro and and large scale. You saw the earthquake, and the hotel getting RPG’d at the end of Patrick Bach’s playthrough. One of the new destruction features we bring to Battlefield 3 are crumbling facades, as you can see in this 4-pic sequence from one of our levels (this destruction will be a feature both in SP and MP).

Storyboard 1-3

Our concept artist Mattias Hägglund painted storyboards for our missions to set the emotional target for Battlefield 3. These sketches show three soldiers arriving at a scene, one of them being shot and dragged to safety by his buddy. The soldier in picture two is not happy about being shot.

Battlefield 3 is set to release later this year.

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