Microsoft acquires Havok

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    Today Microsoft has announced that Havok, the company behind many game's physics engines, is now a part of their brand. Luckily, the Havok engine isn't going to be exclusive to Microsoft games, they'll be licensing the engine out for use. It seems Microsoft will be using this acquisition for "building the most complete cloud service, which we’ve just started to show through games like Crackdown 3.”

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    Intel were the previous owners if memory serves.

    Anyway here is hoping they wind some of their tech into newer versions of directX.
     
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    Interesting acquisition. Going by the list of games using it, it's pretty impressive. Despite their claims, I sort of wonder what this'll mean for the non-MS games.
     
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    can micro$oft FUCKING NOT! greedy ass monopoly company!
    angry i am, yes indeed
    first minecraft and now havok, that could really damage ties with nintendo now. havok made some good games on nintendo back in the day.
    excuse me if i sound ignorant.
    i doubt the whole "licence thing"
     
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    Every Nintenyearold reading this news.

    Ignorant indeed.
     
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    K
     
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    So on the list of microsoft acquisitions you list minecraft, which has been over a year now and by most accounts they have not messed up, and now this? Fair enough if so but given this is the company that saw "embrace, extend, extinguish" become a term it does see me smile.
    Also to the best of my knowledge Havok have not made games as much as a physics engine which companies can buy in to save making their own.
     
  9. Lilith Valentine

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    I hope this turns out to be more like their Minecraft purchase than their Skype purchase. Because right now they are still supporting other versions of Minecraft, but their Linux support for skype is just awful. So I tend to worry sometimes when Microsoft buys out things.
     
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    At least you know it. Havok doesn't make games...it provides "a physics engine component and related functions to video games" (source).

    And even then...I dare you to name "some good games on nintendo".
    I mean...have you even looked at that list I mentioned? Nintendo hardly ever uses it in first party games (that mention of smash bros isn't even confirmed), and the third party titles that use(d) it are more shovelware than actual games.
     
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    As I said I'm just going to be unreasonably ignorant.
     
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    That's...special. Well...K?

    Seriously: it only makes you look stupid.
     
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