Westwood Studios, Inc.

Moby ID: 65

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  • 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 their early creations are Mars Saga, BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception, DragonStrike and the first two Eye of the Beholder games, 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 use Virgin's worldwide distribution network. It was also the year Westwood released The Legend of Kyrandia and Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty. They would also release the Lands of Lore series of role-playing games as of 1993.

Soon after came Command & Conquer (1995) and Command & Conquer: Red Alert (1996), which set sales records and significantly impacted the RTS genre. Monopoly (1995) was their first commercial game with Internet support, using their proprietary Westwood Online (WOL) system, which their further releases would also use. 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.

Westwood's main branding would regardless be used on games they would outsource to Westwood Pacific or other companies, including Dune 2000 (1998, by Intelligent Games), Recoil (1999, by Zipper Interactive) and Nox (2000, by Westwood Pacific). Westwood themselves assisted Image Space from 1997 to 1999 with Sports Car GT.

In 1999, Westwood finished the long-awaited games which had suffered development issues: Lands of Lore III in March and Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun in August. In the same year, Brett Sperry pitched Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 to the Pacific studio, becoming the first major game in the series mainly developed by a company other than the main Las Vegas team, although they would contribute the engine, art and audio. The game would release in October 2000.

The final game using Westwood's rights to the Dune license was Emperor: Battle for Dune in 2001, again mainly done by Intelligent Games. Westwood would release their final three games in 2002: Command & Conquer: Renegade, Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat and Earth & Beyond.

Renegade and Earth & Beyond failed to meet Electronic Arts' expectations, so EA liquidated Westwood Studios in March 2003. Those employees that were willing to do so moved to EA Los Angeles' RTS division along with EA Pacific. While some, including Westwood co-founder Louis Castle, accepted, others remained in Las Vegas and founded Petroglyph Games not far from Westwood's office.

Since EA's acquisition, the company had handled a large amount of projects which would never end up released, many in concept stage at the point of cancellation. Known among them were: iterations of Command & Conquer 3: Incursion, Command & Conquer: Continuum, Command & Conquer: Renegade 2.

Credited on 69 Games from 1986 to 2022

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Blade Runner: Enhanced Edition (2022 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Command & Conquer: Remastered Collection (2020 on Windows)
Command & Conquer: Generals (2003 on Windows, Macintosh)
Earth & Beyond (2002 on Windows)
Command & Conquer: Renegade (2002 on Windows)
Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat (2002 on PlayStation 2, Xbox)
Emperor: Battle for Dune (2001 on Windows)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert 2 (2000 on Windows)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (Demo Version) (1999 on Windows)
Dune 2000 (1999 on PlayStation)
Command & Conquer: Tiberian Sun (1999 on Windows)
Command & Conquer (1999 on Nintendo 64)
Recoil (1999 on Windows)
Lands of Lore III (1999 on Windows)
Dune 2000 (1998 on Windows)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - Retaliation (1998 on PlayStation, PSP, PlayStation 3)
Command & Conquer: Red Alert - The Arsenal (1998 on DOS, Windows)
Command & Conquer: Worldwide Warfare (1998 on DOS, Windows)
Command & Conquer: Sole Survivor (1997 on Windows)
Blade Runner (1997 on Windows, Macintosh, Linux)

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History +

March 2003

The company is closed by EA and all willing staff are absorbed into EA Los Angeles.

December 31, 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 17, 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.

1992

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

1985

Westwood began by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle.

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Location and contact information in January 1996:

Westwood Studios

5333 South Arville, Suite 104

Las Vegas, NV 89118-2226

BBS Support: 702-368-2319

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