Lord of the Rings Online
has just announced their official licensing
of Havok Physics, Havok Animation and Havok Behavior 6
for their yet-unnamed MMO project. As you may remember, Turbine stated intent for creating their next MMO on PC and consoles, which would fall in line with this Havok engine which includes support for multiple platforms including the Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and Nintendo Wii.
The Havok 6.0 suite
is a collection of development tools made specifically for programmers and artists to build "interactive character performances" that are said to respond to their physical environment in the game. With this advanced set of tools and the recent venture capital
in hand, Turbine may indeed be on their way to making the first truly cross-platform MMO.