Havok and Autodesk enter agreement to enhance Vision Engine

7 Nov 2011

Havok's technology has been used in Uncharted 3: Drake's Deception

Irish games technology company Havok will enter a licence agreement with 3D software company Autodesk which will bring new features for the Havok Vision Engine.

The agreement will integrate the Havok Vision Engine with the full functionality of Autodesk Scaleform and Beast middleware. It will enhance Vision Engine’s toolset with a new UI and global illumination functionalities.

Scaleform offers Flash 10 and ActionScript 3.0 user interfaces and includes extensive multi-language chat capabilities. Beast middleware features realistic lighting capabilities.

These additions will boost the Vision Engine platform and let teams of all sizes deliver content and gaming experiences across numerous devices and operating systems.

“We are delighted to announce this licence arrangement. We have seen extensive use of Scaleform and Beast across our Vision Engine clients and a strong interest in a tighter integration between our technologies,” said David Coghlan, managing director of Havok.

“This Vision Engine bundle, which also includes Havok Physics and Havok AI, has become our standard Vision offering, extending the reach of both companies’ technologies across new geographies and market segments,” he said.

Havok was established in Ireland in 1999 and has since created offices in San Francisco, Tokyo and Montreal.

Its technology, which includes physics engines, animations and AI, has been seen in hundreds of video games, including Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations and LA Noire.