Tokyo, July 21, 2005 - Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. (SCEI) announced today that it had entered into a strategic licensing agreement with Havok, a leading physics engine provider and based in Dublin, Ireland and San Francisco, U.S.A., effective July 20, 2005. Through this agreement, SCEI obtains sublicensing rights of physics and animation engines for PLAYSTATION®3 as well as the related content and debugging tools developed by Havok.
With the use of Havok's physics engine, content creators will be able to have physics laws that govern the real world reproduced in the world of computer entertainment. Various factors that exist in the real world, such as gravity, collision, friction and other dynamic forces can be blended seamlessly with physically-based character animation and their images can be rendered swiftly in real-time. Through the licensing agreement, optimized PLAYSTATION 3 libraries of Havok's physics and animation engines as well as a wealth of tools, including linkers and debuggers, will be included as one total solution in the Software Development Kit for PLAYSTATION 3. Frontline support will be provided by SCEI.
"It is our pleasure to have a strategic licensing agreement with Havok," said Masa Chatani, corporate executive and CTO, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. "With its cutting edge technology, Havok's physics engine is highly supported by numbers of content creators around the world. By including Havok's technology in the PS3 Software Development Kit, every developer will be able to utilize physics engine to create next generation content with real and natural effects."
"We are excited and proud to partner with SCEI to provide our physics and animation technology with the PS3 development kit," said David O'Meara, CEO of Havok. "Havok's technology has been used by major developers all over the world in more than a hundred games. Our agreement with SCEI opens the door for all PS3 developers to use Havok to create spectacular game worlds with incredibly realistic special effects and interactive game characters."
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