Havok License Pioneering Animation Tools to Defense Contractor Thales

July 22, 2009 – Havok, the Emmy award winning Irish technology company, has extended their current licensing agreement with international defense contractor Thales. Under the terms of the deal, Thales will use Havok’s innovative animation tools to bring realistic graphics to their broad range of industrial simulation products.Global technology company Thales develop industrial simulation models for clients in the aerospace, space, defense, security and transportation markets. The company has operations in 50 countries worldwide.

Havok’s pioneering Animation software features in the recently launched Thales Sagittarius series of Small Arms Trainers, bringing improved levels of realism to the defense training models. Havok technology improves fidelity, ensuring characters and environmental elements such as aircraft, tanks and infrastructure move accurately as users navigate the simulation models.

David O’Meara, Managing Director, Havok, says:
“With this extended licensing agreement, Havok continues to expand in the dynamic industrial simulation space. Our continued relationship with Thales shows original uses for our technology which has for the past ten years driven visual effects in the world’s top selling games and movies. All at Havok look forward to supporting Thales on future projects.”

In addition to Havok’s growing presence in the industrial simulation space, the company’s physics software is featured in over 200 triple A games available on store shelves today. With well over 90 games currently in development for release this year, use of Havok’s ubiquitous software is up 100% for the same period last year. Best-selling titles featuring Havok physics include Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed, Guitar Hero III, BioShock, World in Conflict, Half Life 2: The Orange Box and Heavenly Sword.

At the 2008 BAFTA Video Game Awards in London in March, games created using Havok’s award winning technology were chosen as the winners in six categories. 10 Havok powered titles received nominations in 12 of the 14 categories.

Recently, Havok was awarded a prestigious Game Developer Front Line Award for their industry leading middleware product Havok Physics. US based magazine Game Developer is the leading publication for the worldwide gaming industry and their annual Front Line Awards acknowledge technology companies and products which drive innovation and efficiency in creating state-of-the-art gameplay. Winning a Front Line Award is a significant accolade, as winners are chosen by their peers in the global game developer community.

Under the management of Havok’s Managing Director, David O’Meara, the company also won an Emmy award from the US National Academy of Television, Arts & Sciences at a glittering ceremony in Las Vegas last year. The company was honoured with the award for their work on pioneering physics engines which makes games more realistic than ever before.

The company uses a combination of next generation physics, animation and tools to reach new standards of realism and interactivity in gaming technology and essentially turn their customers’ creative aspirations into technical realities.


About Havok:

Havok, an Intel company, was founded in Dublin in 1998 and is the premier provider of interactive software and services for digital media creators in the games and movie industries. With world leading expertise in physics, animation and tools, Havok’s business is to turn our customers’ creative aspirations into technical realities.

Havok’s modular suite of tools gives power to the creator, making sure that our clients can reach new standards of realism and interactivity, while mitigating the overall cost and risks associated with creating today’s leading video games and movies.

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 PlayStation®2, PLAYSTATION®3, PSP™, Xbox™, Xbox360™, Wii™, GameCube™, and the PC. Havok’s combination of superior technology and dedication to delivering for our customers every time has led to our technology being used in more than 200 of the world’s best known game titles, including BioShock, Halo 3, MotorStorm, Stranglehold, Crackdown, Age of Empires III and Cars.

Havok products have been used to drive visual effects in movies such as Watchmen, Bond blockbuster Quantum of Solace, The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 10000 BC, X-Men: The Last Stand, 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.