V-Ray and Corona Renderer Just Got a Room Together!

This one is a textbook definition of news! Render Legion and Corona Renderer join the Chaos Group family. Peter, Vlado, Adam, Ondrej and Jaroslav announced it today, on stage, at the D2 conference in Vienna. Did a BIG Disturbance in the (brute) Force Just Happen?

Does it feel like this for you?

Let’s get serious now!

All of you using Corona 1.6 hot fix 2 and getting x2 faster renders… that is due to V-Ray DMC Sampler already integrated into Corona!

Both companies have been working on this for the past 13 months… yes! The compatibility between assets they plan to introduce, allowing you to open V-Ray/Corona scenes and just render with the render of your choice, with no converters needed, is an amazing thing. Materials, proxies, lights etc. will work in either engine.

You can see the announcement in a recording of the D2 livestream on Facebook

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If you could ask Render Legion and Chaos Group anything about this, what would it be?

These are the official announcement made by both teams.


Chaos Group and Render Legion, the makers of Corona Renderer, join forces.

Today is a big day for visualization. We are excited to welcome Ondra, Adam, Jaroslav and the entire Render Legion team to Chaos Group! Corona is fast, it’s easy to use and renders beautifully. From the beginning, our mission has been to help all artists and designers visualize anything they can imagine and to push the boundaries of what rendering can do. Render Legion shares this same vision, and together we believe that great visualization benefits us all.

The first thing you should know is both Corona and V-Ray are here to stay. Both products will continue to be developed independently by the same teams that you’ve come to trust, with the same level of innovation that you’ve come to expect. Now we can share ideas, research, and technology to make both renderers as powerful as possible.

One advantage of being an independent company is you get to choose your path. What’s exciting about Render Legion is they come from that same mindset, which makes it easy for us to work towards the same vision. Together, we’ll continue our commitment to the industry and our communities.

New Horizons for Corona Renderer

Today marks the beginning of a new era for Render Legion and Corona Renderer. We will be doubling our development team so that we can build more great software, and do so faster and smarter.

How? After a long 13 months of perfecting our plans, we have agreed to join forces with Chaos Group, which will make a massive long-term investment in Corona Renderer, paired with a vast amount of their technological IP which will help us to push Corona Renderer and other projects even further.

We firmly believe that by making this move we do the best possible thing for you, our users, to deliver the best tools in the shortest period while future-proofing the company.

We are happy that we were able to find a partner who is respectable, skilled and with a proven track record of creating great software, and who shares the same vision for the future of CG software.


What has happened?
TL;DR. Render Legion joined Chaos Group.

Will Chaos Group cease development of Corona Renderer?
Absolutely not. On the contrary, Chaos Group will invest in Render Legion, and as a result we will double the development team in the next 12 months.

Will Chaos Group cease development of V-Ray?
Absolutely not. V-Ray will continue its development as well, following their plans.

What is the benefit for our users?
By combining IP’s and technologies from both companies, we can improve Corona and V-Ray. We can and will also work on some projects together. You can already try the first improvements brought over from V-Ray in our current daily builds.

What is happening to the Corona Renderer team?
We will continue the development of Corona Renderer as planned, and we will expand the team in the near future.

What was the purchase price?
We have decided not to disclose transaction details.Let’s not make it all about the money.

Why did Chaos Group agree to acquire Render Legion?
To put it in Vlado’s own words: “Render Legion is a brilliant team, and we share the same passion and vision. By working together, we can make both V-Ray and Corona better — in ways we couldn’t do alone.”

Why did Render Legion decide to join Chaos Group?
We were looking for a strategic partner who would like to help us grow and who shared the same vision in the CG field. Chaos Group was able to offer us important knowledge in this field, with the resources and expertise to achieve our goals. We believe that Corona and our other projects will be developed further, and with the greatest care and intentions.

Ondrej, Jaroslav and I feel like parents, and Corona is our baby. We want only the best for our baby, and we want to see it grow and be successful. We want to be proud of what we have helped to create. At some point in your life as a parent, you realise that you cannot give your baby all that it needs by yourself, and you want others to help you with the growth and development of your child. And that’s what we did here. We want the best, and Chaos Group is the best for our baby.

Will Chaos Group integrate Render Legion into its own teams and processes?
The development team stays unchanged. We will be not playing chess with developers from the two companies, as we recognize how important is to keep well-functioning teams together, working on their own terms. But we will certainly cooperate in many ways – Chaos Group will help us with things where they have even greater expertise than us, such as sales, marketing and business development. We might also streamline some of our processes, so that we can both work more efficiently as a team.

Corona Renderer is cool. What will happen to the Render Legion culture?
Nothing. We will stay cool, posting memes and ponies on forums until we grow up one day.

What will happen to existing sites?
Forums, support, and our website will stay. We might change some parts of our website in the future, as it would be better to maintain just one system so that we can focus more on development, but that is something which we will figure out with Vlado and Peter.