Ubisoft’s Six Flags Fun Park for Wii Built On Havok Behavior
Advances Game Character Production Schedules Ten-Fold
(San Francisco, CA), March 31, 2009 – Havok™, the premier provider of interactive software and services to digital creators in the games and movie industries, announced today that Ubisoft’s Six Flags® Fun Park™ was created using Havok Behavior™ – the unique productivity software that combines an intuitive game development composition tool for artists with a run-time SDK for programmers.
“The Havok Behavior tool provided the Six Flags® Fun Park™ development team an opportunity to be creative while simultaneously streamlining the overall production process,” said Lewis Peterson, Chief Executive Officer at 7 Studios.
Havok Behavior accelerates and streamlines the development of advanced character performances for a complete range of PC and video game platforms including the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PC Games for Windows® and the Wii™ home video game system from Nintendo.
“Havok is fully committed to assisting developers create the best games possible with the most productive tools,” said Jeff Yates, Vice President of Product Management at Havok. “The Havok Behavior Tool accelerates interactive character development by giving animators, designers, and programmers a visual, flexible character development pipeline into the game, where animations and in-game behavior can be previewed and tuned for the widest range of PC and console platforms.”
Designed with the creative members of the development team in mind, Havok Behavior gives complete control to game character creators. Havok Behavior features the first unified authoring environment and SDK that intuitively combines the power of physics with procedural animation and traditional animation assets. The power and utility of this unique system opens the door to hybrid character performances that have never been seen before in games.
Havok Behavior is a key element of Havok 6.5, the highly-acclaimed modular suite of run-time technology and artists’ tools. Havok 6.5 is corner-stoned by the industry-dominant Havok Physics™, which now appears in over 200 games and 400 skus worldwide. Havok tools dramatically accelerate the development of cross platform, innovative electronic games and special effects for film, in line with the requirements of the world’s top developers and producers.
Havok, an Intel company, was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, and is the premier provider of interactive software and services for digital media creators in the games and movie industries. Havok works in partnership with the world’s best known game developers, including: Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, EA, Ubisoft and Pandemic Studios. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, PlayStation®2, PSP®, Wii™, and PC Games for Windows. Havok’s combination of superior technology and dedication to delivering for its customers has led to the company’s technology being used in more than 200 of the world’s best known game titles, including: BioShock, Halo 3, MotorStorm, Stranglehold, Crackdown and Age of Empires III. Havok products have been used to drive special effects in movies such as Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix, 10,000 BC, Poseidon, The Matrix, Troy, Kingdom of Heaven and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Havok has offices in Dublin, San Francisco, San Antonio, Calcutta, Munich, and Tokyo. For more information on Havok, visit www.havok.com.
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© 2009 Ubisoft Entertainment. All rights reserved. Six Flags and all related indicia are registered trademarks of Six Flags Theme Parks Inc and are used under license. Fun Park, Fun Park logo, Ubisoft, Ubi.com, and the Ubisoft logo are trademarks of Ubisoft Entertainment in the U.S. and/or other countries. Developed by 7 Studios, Inc.
About Six Flags, Inc.
Six Flags, Inc. is the world’s largest regional theme park company with 20 parks across the United States, Mexico and Canada, and soon will be expanding beyond North America with destinations in Dubai and Qatar. Since 1961, hundreds of millions of families have trusted Six Flags to combine friendly-clean-fast-safe service with affordable, value-packed thrills, record-shattering roller coasters and special events like the Summer Concert Series, Fright Fest and Holiday in the Park. Six Flags’ wide array of entertainment options reaches all demographics — families, teens, tweens and thrill seekers alike — featuring themed attractions based on skateboarding legend Tony Hawk, the ultimate daredevil Evel Knievel, movie franchises The Dark Knight and The Mummy; as well as world-renowned, kid-friendly brands including Looney Tunes, the Justice League of America, The Wiggles and Thomas the Tank Engine.
Six Flags continues to develop new avenues for growth, acquiring ownership and management of Dick Clark Productions, producer of such perennial television hits as the American Music Awards, the Golden Globe Awards, the Academy of Country Music Awards, Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rockin’ Eve and So You Think You Can Dance. Six Flags, Inc. is a publicly traded corporation (NYSE:SIX) headquartered in New York City.