In an unexpected move, Microsoft has purchased the Havok game engine from Intel. While the purchase price is unknown, we are assuming that it wasn’t cheap. Havok is known for their fantastic physics engine, running recent games like Destiny, Mortal Kombat X, and Dark Souls 2. The Havok engine is better known to Xbox players as the engine that runs the destructible environments of the Crackdown series.
In a recent blog post on the Microsoft site, the purchase was made to help them “build the most complete cloud service.” They went on to say, “the acquisition of Havok continues our tradition of empowering developers by providing them with the tools to unleash their creativity to the world. 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’.”
In an interview with gaming website IGN, when asked about licensing the engine out to other AAA developers, Microsoft has this to say, “We will continue to license Havok’s technology to the broad AAA games industry. This also means that we will continue to license Havok’s technology to run across various game consoles including Sony and Nintendo.”
So did Microsoft make a smart move in purchasing Havok? Are you afraid that your favorite non-Microsoft properties may be affected? Let us know in the comments down below!