Autodesk Joins Epic in Unreal Engine 3 Partners Program

Autodesk HumanIK animation middleware and Autodesk Kynapse AI middleware integrated into Epic's Unreal Engine 3
Autodesk has announced that it has become a member of Epic Games' Integrated Partners Program (IPP). This has allowed Autodesk to integrate its Autodesk HumanIK animation middleware with Epic's Unreal Engine 3 (UE3). Autodesk HumanIK middleware consists of a run-time, full-body inverse kinematics (IK) solver, as well as a run-time retargeting engine for characters of differing size, proportions and skeletal hierarchy. HumanIK allows animators and game designers to alter animations on the fly, letting characters interact dynamically and realistically with their environments. HumanIK has been licensed for several titles including Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed, as well as Electronic Arts' Def Jam: Icon, FIFA Soccer 07 and NBA Street Homecourt.