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  Tencent Unveils Havok-powered Project Iron Knight
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03/20/2014
 


[This unedited press release is made available courtesy of Gamasutra and its partnership with notable game PR-related resource GamesPress.]

SAN FRANCISCO – March 21, 2014 – Havok™, a leading provider of interactive 3D game technology announced today that Havok Physics, Havok Animation Studio and Havok AI are being used in Tencent Games’ upcoming title, Iron Knight, a highly anticipated online melee combat game developed by Aurora Studios.  Iron Knight was recently showcased at the Game Developer Conference taking place in San Francisco this week.

Leading Chinese games companies like Tencent are increasingly turning to cutting edge global technologies to fulfill the growing demands of Chinese gamers for more compelling features in video games.  For Iron Knight, Tencent chose Havok Physics, Havok AI and Havok Animation Studio to deliver dynamic battlefields, enhanced graphics, efficient character AI, more realistic animations, detailed destruction effects and an unsurpassed battle experience, to offer players the most authentic fighting action possible.

“The presence of Iron Knight at GDC is an important part of a larger strategy for Tencent as it looks to court a more international audience of gamers with its quality titles,” said Steve Gray, Tencent executive producer, Iron Knight Chief Consultant, Tencent Games. “Integration of Havok technology was an essential piece of the internationalisation plans for Iron Knight.” The development team designed the game from the ground up with an international audience in mind  and we believe this international effort is a bold, new direction that holds great promise for fans of battlefield action everywhere.”

“We are excited to be a part of such an innovative title being developed in a growing market like China,” said Brian Waddle, VP of Sales and Marketing at Havok. “Our dedicated team in China is working closely with the talented developers at Aurora Studios to ensure they get the most out of Havok’s robust technology capabilities in order to deliver the most vibrant and immersive gaming experience possible.”

The Iron Knight team includes elite contributors from China, US, France, Germany, and Ireland. Chief Adviser and Producer Steve Gray contributed his international perspective; Producer Slam, Tencent Games' foremost Artist, brought expertise in battlefield aesthetics; Art Director Pink, former Lead Concept Artist at Activision Blizzard, offered a unique artistic style; Audio Director Greg Yu of the independent studio Ker Sound created the game's distinct sound.  Arnaud Saint-Martin, Asia Region Director of Havok, led Havok’s close engagement with the Tencent team to bring Havok’s state of the art technology to the title.

To learn more about Havoks game development technologies, visit: www.havok.com

To learn more about Iron Knight, visit: http://t7.qq.com/

To join the official Iron Knight forum, visit: http://t7.gamebbs.qq.com

About Havok:

As a leading provider of games development technologies, Havok has over 13 years of experience servicing the most demanding technology requirements for leading customers in the commercial games and entertainment industry. A combination of superior technology and dedication to delivering industry leading support to its customers has led to the company’s technologies being used in over 500 titles including top franchises such as Halo, The Elder Scrolls®, Assassin’s Creed®, Call of Duty®, Killzone®, Uncharted® Dead Rising™ and Skylanders.

Havok works in partnership with the world’s best known publishers, developer studios and developer teams, including Microsoft Games Studios®, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., Nintendo®, Ubisoft®, Tencent Games, NC Soft, Take Two Interactive, EA, Bethesda ™, Insomniac, Relic, Bungie, Naughty Dog, Evolution Studios Sucker Punch Studios and Guerrilla Games. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the Xbox One® and Xbox 360™, PlayStation®4 and PlayStation®3, Wii™, Wii U, PlayStation Vita®,  Android™, iOS,  Windows® 8 (Desktop, Tablet and Phone), Windows 7, Apple Mac OS and Linux.

Havok’s products have also been used to drive special effects in movies such as Harry Potter, Clash of the Titans, Watchmen, James Bond, and The Matrix. Havok has offices in Dublin (Ireland), San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Shanghai, and Germany. Havok is an Intel® owned company.

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