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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Buongiorno Edmundos and happy new year! I have been steadily going through one of my old hard drives that I haven't used in an age, during this process I have been periodically saving anything that's not total and utter crap. I recently came across one of my very earliest maps that I presumed I had lost all copies of when my old laptop died. It was a shellmap of Osgiliath with an arseload of camera angles, however the scripting and very map itself were indeed rough, so I've quickly tarted it up and uploaded it to T3A for anybody to have free of permission.

Downloadable in 'Addons' Section or T3A.

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synysterkha18 Jan 7 2009, 12:11pm says:

is SAGA can be downloaded from westwood sources??

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willyTHERAVEGER Nov 21 2009, 4:36am replied:

don't think'so

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nukeu Aug 11 2009, 3:22am replied:

soo were can i find the downdlode???

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nukeu Sep 3 2009, 10:20pm replied:

so i cant rely cant get it ???

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Lt_Albrecht Oct 14 2009, 3:30am replied:

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

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nukeu Oct 17 2009, 11:48pm replied:

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

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TheLP Jan 27 2010, 6:00am replied:


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morphfox May 6 2009, 6:50pm replied:

i hope lol

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feillyne Aug 1 2009, 6:39am replied:

It can be modded. Greatly! So why do you need to download anything? Suffices to learn how to mod. That's all.

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rodrodenas Oct 8 2008, 11:35am says:

on zero hour, a mod with a 3rd or 4rth faction about post nazi germany,what if hitler escaped?can you imagine a scenario like in yuri's revenge? i can give suggestions on what troops, hardwares to use...ideas of what could have idea is probably better on rotr mod or it could be a new mod. picture a third reich faction using nazi super weapons...

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willyTHERAVEGER Nov 21 2009, 4:38am replied:


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icebladefox Jun 24 2008, 12:08am says:

well then whats the next best engine to make mods for on kanes wrath?

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Karner Jan 14 2008, 5:10pm says:

where can i get this engine and how much does it cost?

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kra2us Feb 3 2008, 1:18am replied:

don't think you can buy it, if you could it would cost heaps :(

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Duuude007 Feb 28 2008, 1:11am replied:

Presently it is owned by Electronic Arts, and they are still spitting out new games on it. I wouldn't expect its source to be available for a good long time, given their proprietary tendencies.

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Handgun_Hero Jun 6 2009, 10:52pm replied:

You can get SDK's for it that work with Generals, Generals Zero Hour, Battle of Middle Earth 1 and Battle of Middle Earth 2, I have one.

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iambryan1234 Jun 28 2008, 7:34am replied:

Pah. Electronic Arts sucks big. But i must admit i liked C&C3 but the storyline is f**ked up. Heaps of gaps in there.

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feillyne Aug 1 2009, 6:35am replied:

Only a game... it's only a game. Should issue a book with the complete storyline, fill up the gaps somehow.

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