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RenderWare (RW) is computer and video game middleware from Criterion Software.


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 (which used to be a wholly-owned subsidiary of Canon but is now owned by Electronic Arts).

Prior to versions 2.x, an external programming or scripting language had to be used to take advantage of RenderWare. RenderWare 2.x, on the other hand, has its own internal scripting language: RWX (RenderWare script).

RWX support was dropped from RenderWare 3.x, instead focusing on a binary model file format. RWX scripts are incompatible with RW3.x.

With RenderWare 4.x, Criterion is slated to drop support for RW3.x's formats, thereby making version 4.x incompatible with scripts/files from all previous versions.

RenderWare is available for use in Windows based PC applications, and many video game consoles such as PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox and PlayStation Portable.

Industry support

RenderWare is used throughout the video game industry. Some of the games using RW include:

  • Black 2006 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Electronic Arts Inc.,
  • Burnout 2001 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Xbox, Acclaim Entertainment, Inc.
  • City Crisis 2001 PlayStation 2, Syscom Entertainment Inc., Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc.
  • Cold Winter 2005 PlayStation 2, Vivendi Universal Games, Inc.
  • Darkwatch 2005 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Capcom Entertainment, Inc.
  • kill.switch 2003 PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, Hip Interactive Corp., Namco Hometek Inc.,
  • Madagascar 2005 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, Activision Publishing, Inc.
  • Manhunt 2003 Windows, PlayStation2, Xbox, Rockstar North
  • Nana 2005 PlayStation 2, Konami
  • NBA Ballers 2004 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Midway, Midway Games
  • NRL Rugby League 2003 PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, Tru Blu Entertainment Pty Ltd
  • ObsCure 2004 PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, DreamCatcher Interactive Inc., MC2 France, MC2-Microïds
  • Outlaw Golf 2 2004 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Global Star Software Inc.
  • Sonic Heroes 2003 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, SEGA Entertainment
  • The Incredibles 2004 GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox, D3 Publisher Inc., Noviy Disk,, THQ, Inc.
  • The Warriors 2005 PlayStation 2, Xbox, Rockstar Toronto, Rockstar Games
  • NFL Blitz 2002, 2003 and Pro. Sony Playstation 2, Nintendo Gamecube, Microsoft X-Box, Midway Games.

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