OverviewIn 1985, Brett W. Sperry and Louis Castle set to work in a garage in Las Vegas. Thus was born Westwood Studios. Among the early creations are Mars Saga, BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception, DragonStrike and Eye of the Beholder, which garnered the young company its first taste of recognition at home and abroad.
In 1992, the company merged with Virgin Interactive Entertainment, which enabled Westwood Studios to become a software publisher in its own right and to enjoy Virgin's superior worldwide distribution network. It was also the year Westwood released The Legend of Kyrandia and Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty.
Soon after came Command & Conquer and Command & Conquer: Red Alert, which set sales records and were followed by Monopoly CD-ROM, which was the first commercial game with Internet support. Monopoly and titles in the Command & Conquer series continue to make best seller charts. The Command & Conquer series has topped the 10 million-unit sales mark.
The company's last adventure game was Blade Runner (1997). In August 1998, Westwood was acquired by Electronic Arts (EA) for $122.5 million in cash.
After the game Command & Conquer: Renegade failed to meet EA's expectations in March of 2003, they liquidated Westwood Studios. Those employees that were willing to do so moved to EA Los Angeles. The last game Westwood developed was the MMORPG Earth & Beyond (2002).
Also Known As
- Westwood Associates (from 1985 to 1992)
TriviaLocation and contact information in January 1996:
5333 South Arville, Suite 104
Las Vegas, NV 89118-2226
BBS Support: 702-368-2319
Related Web Sites
- Westwood Studios, Inc. (official website)
- Westwood 15th anniversary (A large article on westwood history - speaks both about the past and the future of the company)
- Westwood Studios @ Wikipedia (The company profile at Wikipedia)
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