Westwood Studios, Inc.
Also Known As +
- Westwood Associates (from 1985 to 1992)
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In 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 following Virgin Interactive's financial problems, and was joined by another studio previously owned by Virgin, which was then renamed to Westwood Pacific.
After the game Earth & Beyond failed to meet EA's expectations, and having stretched themselves in multiple, mostly concept-stage projects, Electronic Arts liquidated Westwood Studios in March 2003. Those employees that were willing to do so moved to EA Los Angeles' RTS division.
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- March 2003
The company is closed by EA and all willing staff are absorbed into EA Los Angeles.
- December 31st, 2002
EA moves out 100 Westwood employees to EALA branch in order to down size the company. As of 2003 and beyond, EA won't be using the Westwood brand anymore.
- August 17th, 1998
Bought by Electronic Arts from Virgin Interactive for $122,5 million alongside the studio Burst in Irvine, California that was subsequently renamed to Westwood Pacific.
Westwood merges with Virgin Interactive Entertainment enabling Westwood to become a software publisher in its own right and to enjoy Virgin's superior worldwide distribution network
Westwood began by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle.
Location and contact information in January 1996:
5333 South Arville, Suite 104
Las Vegas, NV 89118-2226
BBS Support: 702-368-2319
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- 22 games with Electronic Arts, Inc.
- 17 games with Virgin Interactive Entertainment, Inc.
- 15 games with Avalon Interactive
- 14 games with Strategic Simulations, Inc.
- 12 games with Electronic Arts GmbH
- 12 games with Virgin Interactive Entertainment (Deutschland) GmbH
- 11 games with Electronic Arts Publishing SARL
- 11 games with Electronic Arts Ltd.
- 10 games with Virgin Interactive Entertainment SARL
- 8 games with TSR, Inc.
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- Additional Graphics by Westwood Studios, Inc.
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- Motion Capture by Westwood Studios, Inc.
- Music by Westwood Studios, Inc.
- Game Engine by Westwood Studios, Inc.
- Graphic Engine by Westwood Studios, Inc.
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