What will Arma 4 look like? Bohemia Interactive unveils a new engine
Bohemia Interactive, creator of DayZ and the Arma series, has unveiled its new engine— “Enfusion” —with a public website and a video showing his impressive abilities. The studio has confirmed that “any potential new Arma game” will be built into this engine.
Bohemia shooters have a strong penchant for simulation, with complex systems marrying impressive (and grueling) graphic fidelity. Bohemia seeks to maintain this high standard with Enfusion, while reducing its hardware requirements.
“Games built with Enfusion will perform a lot better than before,” Bohemia said. “We want your 16-core PC Master Race versions to sweat, but we also want to make sure that everyone can enjoy their content across different versions and generations of consoles. “
It also appears that Bohemia is looking to make more noise in the console space with its future plans. DayZ’s commercial edition has been its only console game to date, and was made with a prototype version of Enfusion (the game was “a hybrid of old and new technology,” Bohemia says). Regarding future versions of the console, Bohemia said:
“They don’t have to [release on console] but they can, because the engine works on PC, PlayStation and Xbox. Games built by Enfusion do not need to be “ported” and can be developed for all three platforms at the same time while sharing a common codebase and resources. “
This quote also ties in with the other big goal of Bohemia’s announcement: ease of use for developers. Enfusion will support the creation of assets through open source programs like Blender, and it will also feature a dedicated modding backend, with Bohemia indicating that he would like to integrate his own workshop for mods directly into his future games.
The fact that Bohemia is so keen on touting the developer experience with its new engine tells me that he wants modders and other studios to embrace it in the future. There is no doubt that Bohemia would love to do whatever they can to ensure another runaway modding success, like the original iteration of DayZ.
Enfusion’s promises are particularly interesting compared to Epic’s Unreal Engine 5, which was recently featured in the Matrix Awakens console-only demo. In addition to the expected cutting-edge photorealistic graphics, Epic and Bohemia promise hardware scalability and ease of use for developers, perhaps providing welcome relief to developers and gamers in an era of constant scarcity and shortage of silicon.
About 30 engineers and programmers work on Enfusion, along with eight others Jobs on the Bohemian site.