Company information


Name: Westwood
Established: 1985
Status: Closed
Links: Official site
Submitter: Res
Added: Dec 26 2005

Company description

Westwood was founded by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle in 1985. Westwood was one of the most successful game studios in the history of the computer. In 1992 Westwood merged with Virgin Interactive Entertainment. 1992 was the year that Westwood completed two great classics namely Dune II: The Building of a Dynasty and The Legend Of Kyrandia I. In 1995 Westwood launched its first game in the Command & Conquer series, Command & Conquer was the name of the game in question. After the first C&C game many other C&C real-time strategy games came on the market like C&C: Red Alert, C&C Red Alert 2 and C&C Tiberian Sun. As far as I know Westwood is currently a part of EA which stopped using the Westwood brand... so I can't tell you if Westwood is out of business or not, we will know it in the near future.

Some games developed or published by this company


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By TenaciousD - Apr 20 2012 - 21:31
For those of you who liked C&C:renegade (the FPS) a company has made and is still making a number of renegade inspired FPS games that are based in the C&C universe. btw their games are free from my knowledge.

Or just search for RA: a path beyond (one of their games)
The games are played mostly as LAN & Online. Single player is mostly for practice :B
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By Konner920 - Jan 04 2009 - 01:51
i miss westwood. i grew up with command and conquer. EA is ruining the good name of Command and conquer :[

i hate them for doing this.
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By Sovietsniper - Apr 20 2007 - 07:32
Its also pretty amazing how many genres Westwood worked on, with big success in most of them:

-This is the obvious one, firts Dune 2, and after that sequels like Dune 2000 (should be called Dune '96) and Emperor: Battle

for Dune.
-And, of course, one of the most successful RTS franchises the industry has ever known: C&C.

-C&C: Renegade (yay!)

-The Lands of Lore Trilogy:
-Lands of Lore: The Throne of Chaos
-Lands of Lore: Guardians of Destiny
-Lands of Lore III
-Eye of the Beholder Trilogy (the third one was partially developed by SSI).
-Nox (the only Westwood RPG i really like, although it has a very strong Diablo 'Deja Vu' sense...)

-Earth & Beyond (very nice game, but it seems gamers prefer orcs and elves rather than space ships and aliens....)

Classic point-n-click adventures:
-The Legend of Kyrandia;
-The Legend of Kyrandia: Hand of Fate
-The Legend of Kyrandia: Malcolm's Revenge

-The Lion King (it was no killer app but still hangs on its own, the Genesis version was pretty delightful).

-Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat (oh, please, can we forget this one?) ;)

-Sports Car GT

-DragonStrike (a dragon flight simulator !?!?!?!.... if you think you have seen everithing.... think again)

And many other games i dont know (or care):
-Young Merlin
-Mars Saga
-Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun
-BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk's Inception
-BattleTech: The Crescent Hawks' Revenge
-Blade Runner
-Circuit's Edge
-A Nightmare on Elm Street
-Blackjack Academy (so there's actually an 'academy' of 'blackjack') ;)
-Donald's Alphabet Chase (i dont even want to think what this game is about....)
-Games People Play: Hearts, Spades, and Euchre
-Golden Nugget 64

seriously, do you know of any other company with so many different 'edges'? i thought westwood was all but c&c, until i investigated and found about a dozen of different genres.....
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By Sovietsniper - Apr 20 2007 - 06:50
''As far as I know Westwood is currently a part of EA which stopped using the Westwood brand... so I can't tell you if Westwood is out of business or not, we will know it in the near future'' Res.

After a series of not very 'profitable' games like C&C Generals (the f*cked the franchise); C&C Renegade (a decent FPS considering Westwood was a RTS company) and the MMORPG Earth & Beyond (excellent speciallized critics from the industry but awful sales) the 'almighty' EA decided to close the studio...... this is what happened: officially, the studio was not closed but 'merged' with other EA studios, concretely EA Pacific and Dreamworks Interactive (remember the first two Medal of Honor for the PlayStation?, well, it was made by these guys). The result of the fusion of these 3 studios, Westwood-EA Pacific-Dreamworks Interactive was a new studio known as EA Los Angeles (EALA).

Many members of Westwood including Louis Castle still work in EALA and recently released C&C 3: Tiberium Wars (spectacular RTS... C&C at its BEST).

But the Westwood legacy doestn stops here...... many members left EA forming to new studios: Liquid Entertainment (creators of the spectacular 'almost Warcraft 3' Battle Realms, and the pretty good LOTR: War of the Ring and D&D: Dragonshards (RTS-RPG mix). The other studio is Petroglyph, which also has ex-Westwood key members: they released the pretty spectacular Star Wars: Empire at War and its expansion (critically acclaimed+good sales) and later this year they will release Universe at War: Earth Assault...

The name Westwood may be dead, but quality RTS still come from the creators of the first RTS ever, Dune 2, and one of the most memorable franchise, C&C.
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By Zxcvbnm123 - Jul 12 2006 - 16:27
i stand corrected. westwood is gone. im surprised. -confused-

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