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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.

69 Games Released (1986 - 2023)

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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 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.

Trivia +

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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