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Thursday, 21 February 2008

GDC 08; Havok Cloth and Destruction - first tech demo

Havok's incredible physics engine plays its part in such a large number of PS3 games, it would be remiss of us not to mention what's they're up to at GDC.

Yesterday Havok announced two new tools for their development suite; Cloth and Destruction. At PS3 Atittude, we were lucky enough to get our hands on the first tech demo for Cloth.

'Destruction' allows you to 'destroy things with ease using next-generation technology' and includes elements such as the 'fracture generator' and 'deformation controller' to create effects like those seen in the film-strip below.

'Cloth' on the other hand allows game designers to reduce the amount of time they spend working on realistic fabric simulations. Take a look at the tech demo below, or download a high-quality MP4 version for your PSP [5.3Mb - right-click and choose Save Link As or Save Target As].

Along with the ragdoll physics Havok already provides to so many games, it is good to see that they are pushing forward with other technologies to make development faster and easier. I wonder what will happen when you combine both tools and try to blow up someone's three-piece suit?

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