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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Herewith
Herewith Jun 15 2010 says:

Where dowlods this Engine????

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Justin123991
Justin123991 Mar 10 2010 says:

Can you like download this engine or something???

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Killer_man_1996
Killer_man_1996 Jan 16 2010 says:

OMG i remember the old times of Criterion...

RenderWare was a very good engine...

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Marc1k1
Marc1k1 Jan 14 2010 says:

I think they made an old Dreamcast racing game, It was F***ing great :D

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zackiller25
zackiller25 Jan 23 2008 says:

Crackdown lol

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zackiller25
zackiller25 Jan 23 2008 says:

Your saying Crashdown trash?

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Gin
Gin Jan 13 2008 says:

First comment.O_____O Well I've played alot of RenderWare games. Most are great but some are absolute trash...

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