SAN FRANCISCO – Nov.9, 2015 – Havok®, a leading provider of AAA game development technology, is powering the AI, Script and Physics technology in the highly-acclaimed Halo 5: Guardians from publisher Microsoft Studios and developer 343 Industries. Halo 5: Guardians is available now on Xbox One for $59.99 (ERP).

In Halo 5: Guardians, a mysterious and unstoppable force threatens the galaxy while the Master Chief is missing and his loyalty questioned. The newest addition to the $5 billion sci-fi franchise, Halo 5: Guardians is the most dramatic Halo story to date in a 4-player cooperative epic that spans three worlds.

343 Industries worked closely with the team at Havok to integrate Havok AI to help bring to life the game characters. The Havok Physics effects are used throughout the environment to lend the title an immersive physicality that helps draw players deeper into the compelling Halo universe. Halo 5: Guardians introduces the massive new Warzone multiplayer mode that supports 24-player battles with both friendly and enemy AI dropping in to complete a variety of objectives. Havok’s suite of technology is used throughout Warzone and all of the gameplay modes to help power character movement and in-game objects throughout the massively expansive maps.

“In creating Halo 5: Guardians, the team pushed the Xbox One hardware to maintain a steady 60 frames per second for lightning-quick reaction times and visceral gameplay, and Havok’s efficient toolset helped us to reach that goal,” says David Berger, Director of Engineering at 343 Industries. “Every element of this game had to be truly epic. The graphics, sound, music, story, AI and multiplayer features were each a massive undertaking, and our collaboration with Havok gave us a robust toolset to round out the features to create something that gamers won’t forget.”

For more information about Havok’s technology, developers can visit www.havok.com.

About Havok®

As a leading provider of game development technologies, Havok has over 15 years of experience servicing the most demanding technology requirements for leading game developers. A combination of superior technology and dedication to delivering unparalleled support to its customers has led to the company’s technologies being used in over 600 titles including top franchises such as Halo, The Elder Scrolls, Assassin’s Creed, Call of Duty, Uncharted, Dead Rising and Skylanders.

Havok works with the world’s best known publishers and development studios, including Microsoft Games Studios, Sony Computer Entertainment, Nintendo, Activision Blizzard, EA, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, Ubisoft, Wargaming, Remedy, Bungie and Infinity Ward. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the Xbox One® and Xbox 360™; PlayStation®4, PlayStation®3, and PlayStation® Vita; Wii U; Wii™; Windows® 8 (Desktop, Tablet and Phone); Windows 7; Android™; iOS; Apple Mac OS and Linux.

Havok’s products have also been used to drive special effects in movies such as X-Men First Class, World War Z, Harry Potter, James Bond, and The Matrix. Havok has offices in Dublin (Ireland), San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Germany.

Havok, and the Havok Logo, Havok Physics, Havok Cloth, and Havok Script are trademarks and/or registered trademarks in US, the EU, and variably in other countries around the world. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Press Release © 2015 Havok.

About the Halo franchise

Exclusively published by Microsoft Studios and developed by 343 Industries, the Halo franchise is an award-winning collection of properties that has transcended video games and grown into a global entertainment phenomenon. Beginning with the original “Halo: Combat Evolved” (2001), the critically acclaimed and record-shattering series of games has reinvented how people think about video games and has since built a fan base of millions worldwide and inspired multiple New York Times best-selling novels, a live-action digital series, comic books, action figures, apparel and more.

Havok, and the Havok Logo are trademarks and/or registered trademarks in US, the EU, and variably in other countries around the world. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Press Release © 2015 Havok.