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RenderWare is a 3D API and graphics rendering engine used in computer games, Active Worlds, and some VRML browsers. RW is developed by Criterion Software Limited (which used to be a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon but is now owned by Electronic Arts).

It originated in the era of software rendering on PCs prior to the appearance of GPUs, competing with other libraries such as Argonaut's BRender and RenderMorphics' Reality Lab (the latter was acquired by Microsoft and became Direct3D).

RenderWare's principal commercial importance was in providing an off-the-shelf solution to the difficulties of PS2 graphics programming. It was almost describable as "Sony's Direct X" during this era - although the name refers to surrounding framework and toolchain middleware.

Prior to version 2, an external programming or scripting language was required to take advantage of RenderWare. RenderWare 2, on the other hand, has its own internal scripting language: RWX (RenderWare script). However, in RenderWare 3 RWX support was removed. This next iteration focused on a binary model file format. As with the previous version increment, Criterion removed support for RW3's formats in RenderWare 4.

RenderWare was widely crossplatform: It ran on Windows as well as Apple Mac OS X-based applications and many video game consoles such as GameCube, Wii, Xbox, Xbox360, PlayStation 2, Playstation 3, and PlayStation Portable.

RenderWare is no longer available for purchase, although EA still honours old contracts, meaning that external developers who licensed the technology before the Criterion acquisition may still use the technology. What was RenderWare 4 has dissolved into the rest of EA internal tech.

Bing Gordon, an EA executive, has stated that RenderWare didn't perform well enough for next-genEpic Games. He has also stated that the RenderWare team is "mostly a dev house" (as opposed to EA still using RenderWare). and that RenderWare didn't stand up to competition from

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Guest
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Plss Where's the Renderware 3.7 ?

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Guest
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Joe

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21gryzon
21gryzon - - 1 comments

Where can i download/buy RenderWare engine ?
How much could it cost?

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Guest
Guest - - 699,651 comments

We can't even download that engine anymore because it has been discontinued

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Guest
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Where do i go to download RenderWare ?

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Executor-64-
Executor-64- - - 1,288 comments

suppose i want to make a mod for a game that uses this engine... is there a group for such people so they can help me make the mod ?

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Peacekeeper18
Peacekeeper18 - - 16 comments

yeah crackdown was made with renderware engine you forget crackdown

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asif_ridwan
asif_ridwan - - 2,874 comments

Best game engine ever!

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TheGreatGonzo
TheGreatGonzo - - 2,969 comments

This engine is pretty good, but I think Source is alot more better.

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eattoast
eattoast - - 26 comments

iD Tech 3 is underrated to me.

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Guest
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True

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