How An Irish Company Made Skyrim Look So Good

Irish developers Week 

Feature Article Havok

Featured Game Skyrim 

Date 1 Dec 2011

If you have played any of the following games this year Uncharted 3, Assassin’s Creed: Revelations, The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Uncharted: Golden Abyss, Warhammer 40,000: Space Marine, and L.A. Noire. Then you will no doubt be aware of Havok, they seem to pop up everywhere these days and with good reason.

The Emmy award winning Irish Technology company provides interactive software solutions for the game and film industry teamed up with Bethesda this year to work on the amazing Elder Scrolls V : Skyrim providing Havok Physics, Havok Animation, and Havok Behavior software to help it look and play so incredibly well and to go on and gain a 96% average on Metacritic.

David Coghlan, Managing Director of Havok, says: “Skyrim is one of the biggest games of 2011 and we are extremely excited to be a part of it. Our technical team worked very closely with Bethesda’s development team, helping them maximize the benefits of our toolset.”

Bethesda utilized Havok’s Animation technology to increase the overall animation quality and enhance the breadth of characters and creatures in the game.  The Havok Behavior Tool provides a wide palette of tuning features allowing Animators to refine locomotion and combat sequences for realistic transitions between walking, running and jogging, helping Bethesda’s team to better balance combat in both first- and third-person perspectives.

Havok’s technology puts power in the hands of creators, allowing developers to reach higher standards of fidelity and interactivity.  The cross-platform toolset allows developers access to a powerful and flexible set of products designed to work within a studio’s particular production pipeline pushing creativity to new heights.

Havok™, an Intel® company, was founded in Dublin, Ireland in 1998, and have gone on to become the number one provider of technology to some of the worlds biggest publishers and developers including Microsoft Games Studios®, Sony Computer Entertainment Inc., EA, Ubisoft®, THQ®, Rockstar Games, Bethesda, Relic Entertainment®, Bungie®, Naughty Dog, and Guerilla. Havok’s cross-platform, professionally supported technology is available for the Xbox 360™ video game and entertainment system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, PC Games for Windows, PlayStation Vita®, Wii™, Nintendo® 3DS, Android™, iOS, Apple Mac OS and Linux.

Havok has offices in Dublin, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Southern Germany, and Montreal.

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