Havok’s Technology Powers Tencent Games’ Upcoming Title, Iron Knight

SAN FRANCISCO – March 25, 2014 – Havok™, a leading provider of interactive 3D game technology announced today that Havok Physics, Havok Animation Studio and Havok AI are being used in Tencent Games’ upcoming title, Iron Knight, a highly anticipated online melee combat game developed by Aurora Studios that was recently showcased at the Game Developer Conference last week in San Francisco.

Leading Chinese games companies like Tencent are increasingly turning to cutting edge global technologies to fulfill the growing demands of Chinese gamers for more compelling features in video games. For Iron Knight, Tencent chose Havok Physics, Havok AI and Havok Animation Studio to deliver dynamic battlefields, enhanced graphics, efficient character AI, more realistic animations and detailed destruction effects to offer players the most authentic fighting action possible

“The presence of Iron Knight at GDC was an important part of a larger strategy for Tencent as it looks to court a more global audience of gamers with its quality titles,” said Steve Gray, Tencent Executive Producer, Iron Knight Chief Consultant, Tencent Games. “Integration of Havok technology was an essential piece of the internationalization plans for Iron Knight. The development team designed the game from the ground up with a global audience in mind and we believe this international effort is a bold, new direction that holds great promise for fans of battlefield action everywhere.”

“We are excited to be a part of such an innovative title being developed in a growing market like China,” said Brian Waddle, VP of Sales and Marketing at Havok. “Our dedicated team in China is working closely with the talented developers at Aurora Studios to ensure they get the most out of Havok’s robust technology capabilities in order to deliver the most vibrant and immersive gaming experience possible.”

The Iron Knight team includes elite contributors from China, US, France, Germany, and Ireland. Chief Adviser and Producer Steve Gray contributed his international perspective; Producer Slam, Tencent Games’ foremost Artist, brought expertise in battlefield aesthetics; Art Director Pink, former Lead Concept Artist at Activision Blizzard, offered a unique artistic style; Audio Director Greg Yu of the independent studio Ker Sound created the game’s distinct sound. Arnaud Saint-Martin, Asia Region Director of Havok, led Havok’s close engagement with the Tencent team to bring Havok’s state of the art technology to the title.

To learn more about Havok’s game development technologies visit: www.havok.com / www.havok.com/cn
To learn more about Iron Knight visit: http://t7.qq.com
To join the official Iron Knight forum visit: http://t7.gamebbs.qq.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 500 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.

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