Microsoft Acquires Havok Physics Technology

The popular physics engine has been used in over 600 titles till date.

Posted By | On 03rd, Oct. 2015 Under News


Havok Physics

Havok, whose development tools are used in over 600 games, has been acquired by Microsoft from Intel for an undisclosed amount. The physics technology is extremely popular and has been used in games like Call of Duty, Destiny, The Elder Scrolls and much more.

The company said on the Microsoft blog though that, “We will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok’s development tools to partners. Havok is a fantastic addition to Microsoft’s existing tools and platform components for developers. [And] we will continue to innovate for the benefit of development partners.

“Part of this innovation will include building the most complete cloud service, which we’ve just started to show through games like Crackdown 3.”

Thoughts on Microsoft acquiring Havok? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and stay tuned for more information in the coming months, particularly about how much Microsoft paid for the deal.

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  • XbotMK1

    If Microsoft can’t succeed with bad policies, games, and lies, they just buy up everything to force you to use their products. Nothing good comes from this. There is only 2 logical reasons why Microsoft bought Havok instead of making their own. They know Havok is popular so they can be the gatekeepers and to make money by forcing you to use Microsoft products.

    • Michael

      Yea, like Sony couldn’t develop their own cloud streaming service so they bought one…lol Sad pony.

    • archfiendx

      What does purchasing a cloud streaming service have to do with purchasing a widely used 3rd party game engine?

    • GHz

      Point is you troll, what you n XbotMK1 are arguing can also be applied to when Sony bought Gaikai form Online. When that happened Sony not only locked out the ability to enjoy that service w/o having to own a PS4, but they also doubled the monthly price. You guys don’t think! All you do is spread hate & fear. You need to stop. Enjoy your PS4, enjoy your games! Lets talk about games! Let talk about how much we love them no matter what platform we play on.

  • GHz

    @xbotMK1

    I’ll tell you what’s going to happen. Team havoc will now have access to all of MSFTs technologies & funding to back them up. They can now advance the engine faster. That’s a good thing! Everyone again will benefit, even you! cause Sony will still have access to the tech! Cant say the same for all the Onlive players though, when Sony bought Gaikai. When Sony finally figured out that a network infrastructure was important to future gaming, in attempt to compete with MSFT on that level, they bough up OnLive patents CAUSE THY COULDNT BUILD THEIR OWN(see how that work), & they locked everyone(Onlive customers) out! Now if you want to experience Onlive in any shape or form, you’ll have to get a PS4 and give sony $20.00 p/m. Is this true or false? Greatness awaits.

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    • artistofwar

      Havok was owned by Intel so your first paragraph is dumb.

      So why would Microsoft buy Havok, when they were using Havok before they bought it instead of making their own engine?

      And do try to calm down fanboy. 😀

    • GHz

      “Havok was owned by Intel so your first paragraph is dumb.”

      The only dummy here is you. Why would Intel keep a hold of a tech that don’t marry well in their portfolio at this time? They themselves most likely had acquired Havok in the beginning to raise the value of it. But how far can they take that tech when their core business in NOT gaming? Leave that to the experts and right now the buck stops @ MSFT, where all sorts of gaming innovations are happening. Don’t believe me, just read the real news outside of these click bait articles and you’ll see….IF YOU WANT TO.

      why would Microsoft buy Havok”

      To compete with NVidia PhysX, which Nvidi themselves purchase form AGEIA Technologies, Inc. in 2008. See how that works? Business deals happen all the time. Nvidia since then had evolved that tech the same way MSFT will evolve Havok when they integrate it fully with their other gaming technologies. I’m thinking XBLCloud, and why the h3ll not?
      I’m calm n happy as he3ll cause I own an Xbox One! I’m not the one trolling you are. So why are you here catching feeling like some pregnant animal? Take it easy fanboy 😉

    • Mark

      Truth be told Microsoft mentioned Azure and Crackdown in their announcement about the Havok acquisition. So it’s safe to say they’re gonna provide it as a cloud computing based tool for devs, while of course still license it to whomever. Along with their Nvidia GRID upgrade to Azure, giving studios Directx12 SDKs, and now this, who knows what these developers are doing behind doors…..their next E3 should pretty much sell the cloud as real to everybody.

    • GHz

      Sweet! It’ll be interesting to see how havoc will be integrated. 😀
      Jeez! these sony trolls are relentless. They are the worst! >_< It feels like we're fighting a plague LOL. OMG 🙂

    • Mark

      Haha. I’m mostly done with them. I’ll be watching Microsoft blow minds over the next 2 years….they can keep whining lol.

    • GHz

      “Havok was owned by Intel so your first paragraph is dumb.”

      The only dummy here is you. Why would Intel keep a hold of a tech that don’t marry well in their portfolio at this time? They themselves most likely had acquired Havok in the beginning to raise the value of it. But how far can they take that tech when their core business in NOT gaming? Leave that to the experts and right now the buck stops @ MSFT, where all sorts of gaming innovations are happening. Don’t believe me, just read the real news outside of these click bait articles and you’ll see….IF YOU WANT TO.

      “why would Microsoft buy Havok”

      One example, to compete with NVidia PhysX, which Nvidia themselves purchase form AGEIA Technologies, Inc. in 2008. See how that works? Business deals happen all the time. Nvidia since then had evolved that tech the same way MSFT will evolve Havok when they integrate it fully with their other gaming technologies. I’m thinking XBLCloud, and why the h3ll not?

      “try to calm down fanboy”

      Are you for real? 0.O You sign in as multiple individuals on one thread, just to troll Xbox gamers. You’re xbotMK1, and archfiendx too. You’re not fooling me! Where ever there is positive Xbox news, you’re there catching feelings like some pregnant animal. You’re so pathetic. LOL.

      I’m calm n happy as h3ll cause I own an Xbox One! So you take it easy fanboy 😉


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