CD Projekt Red Licenses Havok Complete
Upcoming Game Titles From Acclaimed Development Studio Built On Havok’s Award-Winning, Cross-Platform Technology
Game Developers Conference, San Francisco, CA (March 26, 2009) – Havok™, the premier provider of interactive software and services for digital media creators in the games and movie industries, today announced that CD Projekt RED has licensed Havok Complete™ for use in several of its upcoming game titles for the PLAYSTATION®3 computer entertainment system, Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system and PC for Windows platforms.
As one of Havok’s core platforms, Havok Complete combines the industry-leading Havok Physics™ engine and Havok Animation™, the company’s integrated character animation system. Together, the products aid in the creation of complex and dynamic character performances by providing developers with a fully-optimized gameplay solution that can be integrated into existing internal architectures.
“We are thrilled that the innovative development teams at CD Projekt RED have chosen Havok Complete as the foundation for their upcoming titles,” said Havok’s David O’Meara, Managing Director. “Havok-powered games generated over $1.5 billion in revenue in the US market alone over the past two years, demonstrating the company’s clear leadership position as the premier technology solutions provider to developers worldwide.”
“Integrating Havok Complete into our existing framework has allowed our teams to focus on upping the ante on incredible overall gameplay experience,” said Adam Kicinski, CEO of CD Projekt RED. “Havok’s incredible customer support and ability to tailor its products to meet our needs will help ensure our characters respond to complex physical worlds in as realistic a way as possible.”
Havok Animation is a fast, flexible animation SDK that provides a rich set of general purpose animation blending that includes spline compression, inverse kinematics, real-time mirroring and ragdoll mapping capabilities for game characters. Havok Animation offers out-of-the-box integration with all Havok products and incorporates easily into existing game engines.
Havok Physics is the proven leader in real-time collision detection and physical simulation solutions. Havok Physics offers the fastest, most robust simulation technology available, making it the industry-dominant physics solution for the gaming industry. Using Havok’s latest 6.5 release of Havok Physics, CD Projekt RED will leverage Havok’s new high speed ray casting solution and a fully optimized multicore Continuous Physics solution. In addition, CD Projekt RED will engage Physics’ integration with Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Maya®, and XSI® modeling tools; as well as Havok’s game side tools such as the Havok Visual Debugger, memory and performance tools.
Havok Complete is part of Havok’s award-winning suite of modular technology and software tools used by the world’s best developers. Havok Complete is the preferred development solution in the cross-platform, triple-A games market. The company’s award-winning technology is featured in over 200 games currently on the market, and over 75 upcoming games are scheduled for release in 2009 alone. Best-selling titles featuring Havok technologies include: Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed, Indiana Jones, Star Wars: The Force Unleashed, Guitar Hero III, BioShock, Half Life 2: The Orange Box, and Heavenly Sword. Havok’s software will also be featured in the highly-anticipated upcoming games Alan Wake and Starcraft II.
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, and Age of Empires III. Havok products have 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 CD Projekt RED
CD Projekt RED is the development branch of CD Projekt, headquartered in Warsaw, Poland. The studio’s first release, the PC-exclusive role-playing game, The Witcher®, has won over critics and gamers with its refreshing blend of engrossing story and action-based combat. The game has sold more than one million copies worldwide and has garnered more than 100 awards since its release in October 2007, including PC RPG of the Year from such respected outlets as PC Gamer, GameSpy, IGN and GameStar. CD Projekt RED’s 80+ employees recently completed The Witcher: Enhanced Edition in September 2008, and are hard at work on the console remake, The Witcher: Rise of the White Wolf, as well as two unannounced projects. For more information about CD Projekt RED, visit http://www.thewitcher.com.