Blizzard Entertainment licenses Havok FX
Blizzard Entertainment, the company behind the Warcraft series and Starcraft, has announced that it has licensed Havok's Havok 4.0 suite
. Havok 4.0 includes Havok FX
GPU-accelerated physics middleware, which enables acceleration of non-gameplay-vital physics elements using Shader Model 3.0-class Nvidia
graphics cards. The technology has already been adopted by a handful of other studios
like Eden Games
, Flagship Studios, Gas Powered Games, Midway, and NetDevil.
Aside from Havok FX, the Havok 4.0 suite comes with Havok Animation
, which integrates game character animation with physics, and Havok Behavior
. Havok 4.0 is also optimized for a number of platforms, including 64-bit versions of Windows, MacOS X, and even Sony's upcoming PlayStation 3 console.