These past few days saw more additions to the exciting world of Android gaming than the whole last month and this was partly due to the announcements made by Gameloft in collaboration with Epic Games and of course Unity as well as NVIDIA. This time around Havok, the Irish company which developed the Havok Physics Engine, announced that it will be bringing the game engine to the Android platform. They have demoed the possibilities of the engine on the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play on Android 2.3 Gingerbread and they said that we can expect games to enter development using this engine for our Android devices.
You can almost dream about Android smartphones with Android 2.3 or higher to be able to run the great physics effects brought forth by the Havok engine. The demos included a small demo of a truck smashing into things and destroying them on its path demonstrating the capabilities of the engine. You could also see a gorilla get shot into a bunch of small object to display the ragdoll effects of the engine as well as environment modification with it. The last demo of the Havok engine for Android 2.3 was displaying a character running, jumping and climbing trees ( that’s almost an Eddie Izzard standup ). Ok, the warrior didn’t climb trees but you get my point.
The engine was used in a large array of Triple A titles like Uncharted 2, Halo 3, Half-Life 2, StarCraft II, Soul Calibur IV and so on. To be honest the list is rather long but if you are interested you can check out the Havok Software page on Wikipedia for extensive details on the engine.
Probably the greatest element of the engine coming to Android is the fact that this will be helping out a lot of developers bring more and more titles to the platform as a whole which will be featuring state of the art physics effects. Just think of each of those demos turned into full fledged games and you’ll know what I mean. For those of you who wish to see the YouTube video I’ll be dropping some links at the end of the article. Until next time, I wonder what new things Epic Games’ Unreal Engine will be bringing to Android.