Just-announced Battlefield 3 has been described as "a next-gen game for current-gen systems".
Speaking in the latest issue of US retail mag Game Informer, DICE exec producer Patrick Bach explained how the studio had to rewrite its Frostbite engine from scratch for the sequel, with additions such as real-time lighting and large-scale destruction fronting the bill.
"You shouldn't have to wait for the Xbox 720 or PlayStation 4," he said. "We have to deliver this to you now, and we wanted to do it on all the platforms."
Frostbite 2 has been described by EA as "incredible technology that takes animation, destruction, lighting, scale and audio to new heights".
It looks fantastic. See it in action via this video.
More details arrived via the US mag this morning, including news that PC is being treated as the lead platform for the shooter.