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EA announces Ignite engine for next-gen sports games

EA Sports will bring FIFA 14, NBA Live, Madden 25, and UFC to the Xbox One within the next year.

Next-gen FIFA 14 is coming to the Xbox One. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET
Over the years, sports games have become more and more realistic, and EA is promising to take that realism to a whole new level in next-generation versions of many of its popular sports franchises. At Microsoft's unveiling of the Xbox One, Andrew Wilson, the head of EA Sports, announced the company's new Ignite Engine and said that FIFA 14, NBA Live, Madden 25, and UFC would be available for the Xbox One within the next 12 months.
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Logo for EA Sports' new Ignite engine. James Martin/CNET

Wilson said that with four times as much processing power to work with, games would feature, "10 times as much animation detail." He promised "true player motion," along with incredibility realistic stadiums that would include 3D crowds, dynamic sidelines, and true "living worlds."

UFC's impressive new look as featured in the trailer. James Martin/CNET

Wilson showed off a short trailer that featured clips from the various titles, and the graphics did indeed seem to be a big step up, though it's always hard to make a definitive judgment about a game based on a trailer.

Madden 25 sneak peek. No word on exactly when it will be released. James Martin/CNET

Wilson didn't say whether these games would be Xbox One launch titles, but new versions of Madden 25 and FIFA 14 are scheduled to launch in the next few months (August/October) for current-gen consoles, so it wouldn't be surprising if Madden and FIFA arrived within the launch window for the Xbox One (and possibly Sony's PS4). But we'll have to wait and see.

Update: Although Wilson said that the games will arrive within the next 12 months, a tweet from Microsoft's Xbox One official Twitter account says the games will all hit "this year."

Check out the latest on these new games at our sister site, GameSpot: Madden 25, FIFA 14, NBA Live