Havok Enables Age of Empires III


San Francisco, CA, October 18, 2005 - Havok, the game industry's leading supplier of cross-platform middleware solutions, provided the first physics engine to be used in a Real-Time Strategy (RTS) game with the release of the third installment of the Age of Empires strategy series- Age of Empires III.

Developed by Ensemble Studios, and published by Microsoft Games Studio, Age of Empires III takes RTS games to a whole new level of play with the inclusion of Havok's true game-play physics engine- Havok Physics™.

By incorporating Havok Physics, Ensemble was able to bring the New World to life in a truly realistic environment that will undoubtedly keep players captivated and wanting more.

"We are long-time advocates of Havok physics products. Their products combined with their ability to provide excellent overall support made them the clear choice for Age of Empires III. We knew there was no need to inquire anywhere else," states Dave Pottinger, Director of Technology at Ensemble Studios. "No one else could have provided the technology we required for Age of Empires III to build an immersive, responsive world in an RTS game. Plus, there's no doubt that Havok saved us a ton of time and money during integration. Havok Physics was extremely easy to integrate and the developer support we received is unsurpassed."

"Ensemble has certainly set a new standard in the RTS arena with their expansive use of Havok Physics in Age of Empires III. It is clear from the excitement we've seen around Age of Empires III launch, that RTS fans really appreciate added details that destructible buildings and rag doll effects add to the game," says Jeff Yates, Vice President of Product Development at Havok.

About Ensemble

Ensemble Studios is one of the world's premier entertainment software developers. Ensemble Studios is best known for its blockbuster Age of Empires game series. Ensemble's titles are distinguished by the highest-quality art and gameplay dynamics applied in familiar historical settings, and appeal to hard-core gamers and mass audiences. Ensemble Studios is based in Dallas, Texas.

About Microsoft Game Studio

Microsoft Game Studios is a leading worldwide publisher and developer of games for the Xbox® video game system, the Windows® operating system and online platforms. Comprising a network of top developers, Microsoft Game Studios is committed to creating innovative and diverse games for Windows (http://www.microsoft.com/games), including such franchises as Age of Empires® , Flight Simulator and Zoo Tycoon® ; Xbox (http://www.xbox.com), including such games as Fable® and franchises as Halo® , Project Gotham Racing® and MechAssault® ; and MSN® Games (http://www.games.msn.com), the official games channel for the MSN network and home to such hits as "Bejeweled" and "Hexic™."