WildTangent's Web driver lets Web developers access DirectX application programming interfaces (APIs), which PC game developers rely on to provide the kind of graphics and animation found in desktop games such as Doom.
"What we've built is an architecture that lets Web designers access the multimedia hardware on the user's machine directly," said WildTangent chief executive Alex St. John. "We've just made every Web designer a game developer."
WildTangent also provides technology for compression, streaming, and caching of content, as well as for synchronization of audio and graphics.
The Web driver is available for the Windows platform only, and content created with it can be accessed using Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser and America Online's Communicator browser, versions 4.0 or higher. A software development kit is free from WildTangent. A final release of the product is expected this summer.