2K licenses Havok for upcoming Wii titles

Irish physics masters Havok have finalized a licensing deal with 2K Games that will see their physics technology brought to a number of upcoming Wii titles. 2K will initially use the Havok Physics engine to support its standards of realism and interactivity in Carnival Games: Mini-Golf, the sequel to the popular Wii title Carnival Games, which has sold over 1.5 million units worldwide since its release last year. Havok’s technology will also be used in other, unannounced titles for the Wii from 2K.

“Havok physics engines allow game developers to realistically depict motion and the effects the game character has on their environment,” said David O’Meara, Managing Director of Havok. “Havok technology communicates with physical elements in the game and loads them with intelligence, allowing them to react to the players’ actions in a realistic way. Of course, anyone who has used the Wii will recognise how important accurate movement is for the players’ enjoyment of the game. Fans of Carnival Games: Mini- Golf won’t be disappointed with the final results!”

For the uninitiated, Havok have seen their timeless technology implimented in over 200 games, including another 90 games currently in development for release this year. Best-selling titles featuring Havok physics include Halo 3, Assassin’s Creed, Guitar Hero III, BioShock, World in Conflict, Half Life 2 and Heavenly Sword. Outside of games, Havok has also been implimented in a number of blockbuster movies, including 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.