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Microsoft Buys Havok Away from Intel

Category: Gaming
Posted: 11:09AM
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Microsoft has made a new purchase today to help boost its PC gaming focus, as it has acquired Havok from Intel. Havok is known for its 3D physics and is used in more than 600 different video games, including the Halo, inFamous, The Elder Scrolls, and Dark Souls series. Microsoft says it will continue to work with developers and license Havok out to different partners, which is great considering every studio from Activision to EA, Sony, and Nintendo utilize it. Havok is seen as a nice complement to Microsoft's own DirectX 12, Visual Studio, and Azure suites for game developers, with all of those now under one roof. The cloud computing aspect of Azure looks to be one area where Microsoft is going to take Havok, as it has plans for a "complete cloud service" for Havok. The upcoming Crackdown 3 will be one of the first games to make use of this Havok cloud, with others undoubtedly following suit.

With Microsoft's purchase of Havok, it stands to reason the company wants to show it's serious about getting back to PC gaming. Hopefully this is just the start of that, and no dropoff in Havok use by developers and partners comes as a result. Considering how much Intel licensed out Havok over the past eight years or so, Microsoft would be wise to keep up that trend.

Source: Microsoft Blog



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