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EA says Ignite engine needs to be adjusted for PC

EA's Andrew Wilson explains why Ignite isn't on PCs... yet

The new EA Sports Ignite engine is powering all of Electronic Arts' next-generation sports titles, but currently the engine does not support the PC or Wii U. EA Sports executive vice president Andrew Wilson told Polygon that the lack of PC support is because most current PCs can't run the engine. Wilson explained that when the company released FIFA 11 for PCs in 2010, many players didn't have computers that could run the title, a situation the company believes would be repeated now.

"Even though there were some PCs on the marketplace that could run that engine, the lion's share of PCs on the marketplace could not," said Wilson. "And the majority of the gamer base that was playing the game on PC did not have a PC spec that would work with that."

Wilson said that Ignite is built for the closed and stable hardware of the Xbox One and PlayStation 4, not the open hardware of your average PC.

"There needs to be some adjustment in terms of how EA Sports Ignite works to facilitate the open nature of PC architecture, rather than the closed nature of console architecture," he said. "So could I see the potential for EA Sports Ignite to make it to PC in the future? Yes, I think it's possible, but a couple of things need to happen."

Maybe next year PC FIFA fans.

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M.H. Williams is new to the journalism game, but he's been a gamer since the NES first graced American shores. Third-person action-adventure games are his personal poison: Uncharted, Infamous, and Assassin's Creed just to name a few. If you see him around a convention, he's not hard to spot: Black guy, glasses, and a tie.