Havok sold to Microsoft
Intel sold off Havok, the 3D physics middleware company, to Microsoft.
We know Havok from a wide array of games, including games such as Half-Life 2, all Halo games (except Combat Evolved), Perfect Dark Zero, all Assassin’s Creed games, Portal, Fallout 3, Uncharted 2+3+Golden Abyss and Watch_Dogs. Chances are, you’ve played at least one game using the Havok engine.
Microsoft has plans for Havok. While they will continue to license the software to game developers around the world, they plan to use Havok on their Azure (serverside physics calculations) infrastructure. First game to make use if this will be Crackdown 3, where Havok, using the Azure networks servers for the calculations.
I don’t expect that on the userbase side, we won’t feel much to the change, as it just seems it is trading hands, in order for Microsoft to implement it on Azure.