Criterion's Renderware development software is fast becoming the 'middleware' of choice for PlayStation 2 developers and Criterion are obviously pretty proud of themselves. Here is a press release fresh off the wire.

"Whilst England may have crashed and burned at the World Cup, it looks like there's one English team that hasn't disappointed its supporters. With Konami's latest football title, Winning Eleven 6, having reached sales of 1 million units in Japan after just eight weeks on the shelves, Criterion Software can add another 3 championship points on the table for its middleware solution, RenderWare, which was used during the game's production.

Having already powered Winning Eleven 5 (known in Europe as Pro Evolution Soccer), the success of the follow up game is another testament to RenderWare's ability to support the production and timely delivery of chart-topping hits, and further strengthen the case for widespread uptake of middleware solutions across the industry."

Other games produced using Renderware include Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 3, Burnout and Grand Theft Auto 3.