Blue Fang Games Joins Havok’s Independent Developer Program
San Francisco, CA (February 17, 2010) – Havok™ today announced that highly-regarded developer Blue Fang Games has enrolled in Havok’s recently-announced Independent Developer Program. Developers enrolled in the program will have access to Havok’s premium tools and technologies designed to reduce the overall risk and expense associated with internal creation of these assets. Blue Fang will have flexibility in choosing which Havok products to use and in what capacity, and will have access to Havok’s world class, experienced customer support organization that is dedicated to successful integration of Havok technology into game code.
“Havok allowed our engineers to focus on the technology that enabled Blue Fang to create, in World of Zoo™, the most compelling animal behavior ever seen in games – or anywhere else, for that matter,” said Bruce Blumberg, Lead Character Engineer of Blue Fang Games. “By building our system on top of Havok Behavior, we were able to bring new concepts to market more quickly and at significantly less cost and risk than ever before. Havok Behavior is an integral part of our next generation animal AI system. We continue to be extremely impressed with the functionality and design of Havok Behavior and its associated tool.”
“Havok is pleased to welcome Blue Fang Games to our Independent Developer Program. The Blue Fang team is a powerhouse of talent with extremely innovative home-grown technology,” said David O’Meara, Managing Director of Havok. “Havok worked closely with Blue Fang Games in creating a customized solution to enhance its technology investment efficiently and effectively.”
Havok’s new program, which accommodates the sensitive budgets of independent development studios, allows team’s access to the company’s full suite of award-winning products including Havok™ Animation, Havok™ AI, Havok™ Behavior, Havok™ Cloth, Havok™ Destruction, and Havok™ Physics. Havok’s modular suite of tools puts power in the hands of creators, empowering them to reach new standards of believability and interactivity in video games. All of Havok’s software tools are fully multithreaded and cross-platform optimized.
In addition to the recently launched Independent Developer Program, hobbyists of all types can still take advantage of the Intel-funded, binary-only versions of Havok Physics, Havok Animation and Havok’s Content Tools for the PC. Located at www.havok.com/tryhavok, this comprehensive SDK download enables grass roots developers to experiment and deploy “freemium” PC games using the same physics and animation game technology used by the pros for no charge.
Havok™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 Microsoft®, Nintendo® and Sony®. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, 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 technologies being used in nearly 250 of the world’s best-known game titles, including Assassin’s Creed®, Bioshock and Halo® 3. Havok products have also been used to drive special effects in movies such as Quantum of Solace, Harry Potter and The Order of The Phoenix™, and The Matrix. Havok has offices in Dublin, San Francisco, San Antonio, Calcutta, Munich, and Tokyo. For more information on Havok, visit www.havok.com.
About Blue Fang Games
Blue Fang Games is an independent game developer dedicated to pushing the boundaries of interactive entertainment to deliver original and engaging experiences that stand out from the noise. Blue Fang’s latest console title, World of Zoo™, published by THQ, Inc. on the Nintendo Wii™, Nintendo DS™ and Windows® PC platforms, launched this past October and was a holiday hit, shipping over 700k units. Blue Fang’s award winning Zoo Tycoon™ franchise has sold over 8 million units worldwide. Blue Fang is expanding to new development platforms and the Blue Fang Online/Mobile division is focused on expanding the company’s success into mobile, online and the social gaming markets. Founded in 1998, Blue Fang Games is located in Waltham, MA. For more information visit Blue Fang Games on the web at www.bluefang.com and join Blue Fang’s Twitter at https://twitter.com/BlueFangGames.