Havok’s technology to power Konami’s Pro Evolution Soccer 2014

19 Jul 2013

Dublin-headquartered games middleware firm Havok has revealed it is working with Konami Digital Entertainment to provide the physics technology that will feature in the next installment of its blockbuster franchise, Pro Evolution Soccer 2014.

The deal builds on several years of collaboration between Havok and Konami on the 82.3m-selling soccer franchise.

The game will feature Havok Physics, Animation and Cloth technology to provide realistic simulation of each on-field player.

Each player’s intricate movements are naturally represented according to the individual player’s mass and physique, and each uniform reacts realistically according to the players’ moves and speed.

“Player movements and physics are key components of a lively game, so it’s a true honour for Havok to power these elements in Konami’s incredible PES 2014,” said David Coghlan, managing director of Havok.

“The Pro Evolution Soccer team has been dedicated to pushing the boundaries of what is possible in a football game, and in these years, Havok has worked with this talented team to integrate Havok’s technology to help take the realism of PES even further.

“We think football fans will appreciate how Havok technology will blur the line between the sport and simulation, and provide a football experience that looks as real as can be.”

John Kennedy is a journalist who served as editor of Silicon Republic for 17 years