Note: This question is not towards piracy, only want to learn more about game engines etc & game developing.
Like downloaded meaning free ware aka free source.
How were they designed like for Example RenderWare is a famous game engine used to create Manhunt, Grand Theft Auto 3, Grand Theft Auto Vice City, Burnout, etc.
Is it possible to download a game engine and use that engine to make a video game out of it?
Or is it specially owned by a private game developing company only not avaible for the public?
I've been reading about RenderWare game engine on Wikipedia no were to download it. Only talks about who owned who and which company bought it.