The first version of the engine was known as W3D ("Westwood 3D") was highly modified version of SurRender 3D engine, developed by Hybrid Graphics Ltd. Westwood used W3D for Emperor: Battle for Dune and updated for Command & Conquer: Renegade.

After Westwood was bought by Electronic Arts the engine was further updated for Command & Conquer: Generals, and renamed to SAGE. The rendering part remains nearly identical to the W3D engine, but most other elements have been redesigned from the ground up.

The SAGE engine allows for dynamic lighting that casts realistic shadows and realistic reflections on most objects. High quality visual effects are now possible with the SAGE engine powering games. One example of a unique effect is the stop-motion camera. Blow up a gas station, for example, and the action will freeze in mid-explosion, and the camera will quickly pan around the environment, revealing pieces of debris and shrapnel suspended in the air, before the action promptly resumes. The SAGE engine also allows games to take place during different times of the day, with realistic lighting and shadow changes, etc.

A new, highly modified version is now used to power Command and Conquer 3: Tiberium Wars.

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148 comments by Kark-Jocke on May 15th, 2014


50 EA games soon to lose support for multiplayer online.


EA have not found any alternative to the dying Gamespy service and a large number of games thus lose multiplayer support.
Gamespy has long been a household name for gamers, as numerous games, both PC and console, had multiplayer modes built on servers.
2014 marks the notoriously late for Gamespy, which also means that hundreds of games are in danger of losing support for gaming on-line.

Many developers and publishers, including Activision, Rockstar and SEGA has announced that they are working to find alternative solutions for games that use the Gamespy servers. Similar messages came from EA, which over the years have used Gamespy for many titles, but now the company has announced that they choose to flappers support in their Gamespy games.


Technical challenges and not least the fact that most of the games that use Gamespy start pulling on the oars, located behind EA's decision to allow multiplayer support across 50 titles die out. A variety of titles, such as F1 2002, EA Sports 06 to PC or Fifa Soccer 08-10 for the Nintendo DS, has hardly many active players, but the list also contains relatively popular games like Battlefield 2, Crysis 2 and Star Wars Battlefront 2.


PC games constitute a large part of the list, but Nintendo consoles are also strongly represented. Nintendo has not gone back on its decision to allow the many DS and Wii titles that use Gamespy lose multiplayer functionality, and EA games are no exception.

Popular titles loosing online multiplayer 30th of June 2014.


Battlefield 2C&C Generals: Zero HourC&C3: Tiberium Wars
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GameRanger offers features like profiles, friends lists, instant messaging, in-game voice communication, and competitive ladders/rankings/ratings.

 

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Overall it's a shame to see so many great titles loose official multilayer support, but with strong modding communities behind these titles, their legacy will reign on for years to come.

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Battle for Dune: War of Assassins

Battle for Dune: War of Assassins Battle for Dune: War of Assassins Indie

Updated 2 months ago TBD Multiplayer Tactical Shooter

Battle for Dune: War of Assassins brings you the experience of the 3 great houses, Atreides, Harkonnen and the Ordos first hand in this Dune First Person...

Battle for Middle-earth

Battle for Middle-earth Battle for Middle-earth

Updated 2 months ago Released Dec 4, 2004 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

Using the Lord Of The Rings movie license, The Battle for Middle-earth is a Real-Time Strategy game based upon both the renown literary works of J.R.R...

Battle for Middle-earth II

Battle for Middle-earth II Battle for Middle-earth II

Updated 2 months ago Released Feb 28, 2006 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

Wage war in the North and assume command of the most storied civilizations in all of Middle-earth history - the Elven and Dwarven armies - or fight on...

Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King

Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King Battle for Middle-earth II: Rise of the Witch King

Updated 7 months ago Released Nov 27, 2006 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

This is an expansion pack for Battle for Middle Earth II. It adds new armies such as Arnor & Angmar and has many new expanded heroes and units. The game...

C&C Generals: Zero Hour

C&C Generals: Zero Hour C&C Generals: Zero Hour

Updated 1 week ago Released Sep 25, 2003 Single & Multiplayer Real Time Strategy

Prepare to unleash the absolute latest in modern weapons technology against the world's most powerful Generals in Command & Conquer Generals: Zero Hour...

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roadking
roadking Apr 19 2010, 10:25am says:

right now, they mostly use the RNA engine. Why wouldn't they just make the SAGE engine free?

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Eagle19
Eagle19 Dec 21 2009, 4:27pm says:

nice work guys

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reza_the_great
reza_the_great Nov 25 2009, 3:59am says:

guys, where i can get this engine ? i realy need it! even if you know a trial version of it! please give it to me!

+4 votes     reply to comment
renzjericho
renzjericho Oct 9 2011, 8:56am replied:

Buy a Game that uses this engine. Idiot!

-3 votes     reply to comment
PedobearNED
PedobearNED Sep 18 2009, 2:31pm says:

BRING IT BACK WERE IT BELONGS OR EA WILL FAIL FOREVER oow wait they already do jsut give it back to westwood let westwood alone give alot of money and let them make good games and you people jsut die

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willyTHERAVEGER
willyTHERAVEGER Nov 21 2009, 4:36am replied:

don't think'so

+2 votes     reply to comment
nukeu
nukeu Sep 3 2009, 10:20pm replied:

so i cant rely cant get it ???

+2 votes     reply to comment
Lt_Albrecht
Lt_Albrecht Oct 14 2009, 3:30am replied:

>.< you buy a game that uses it, you get the engine... duh.

+4 votes     reply to comment
nukeu
nukeu Oct 17 2009, 11:48pm replied:

ok????? so how do i get it

-2 votes     reply to comment
TheLP
TheLP Jan 27 2010, 6:00am replied:

/facepalm

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