Big news from over the weekend was that Microsoft purchased Ireland-based middleware developer Havok from Intel.
The developer provides physics and destructible elements for many notable titles, such as Dark Souls II, Infamous Second Son, The Elder Scrolls, Assassin's Creed, Call of Duty, Destiny and more, although Microsoft has promised to continue its business with third-parties as usual.
"As we welcome Havok to the Microsoft family, we will continue to work with developers to create great gaming experiences, and continue to license Havok’s development tools to partners," Microsoft states.
"We believe that Havok is a fantastic addition to Microsoft’s existing tools and platform components for developers, including DirectX 12, Visual Studio and Microsoft Azure."
It's thought the reason behind the purchase is to allow Microsoft to continue to improve its own cloud technology for titles such as Crackdown, which is due on Xbox One sometime next year.