FEATURES: Developer History

This is a brief look at the history of companies who have developed games for the Command & Conquer franchise. Starting with Westwood Studios, the creators of Command & Conquer.

Westwood Studios/Westwood Pacific (1995–2002)

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Westwood Studios was a computer and video game developer, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. It was founded by Brett Sperry and Louis Castle in 1985 as Westwood Associates, and renamed to Westwood Studios when it merged with Virgin Interactive in 1992. The company was bought from Virgin Interactive by Electronic Arts (EA) in 1998, and closed by EA in 2003. Westwood Studios are the original creators of Command & Conquer starting in 1995.

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Westwood was best known for developing real-time strategy game series, adventure and role-playing genres. It received an entry to the Guinness book of records, for selling more than 10 million copies of Command & Conquer worldwide. Electronic Arts continues to develop games based on Westwood’s Command & Conquer series.

Games Developed

  • BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk’s Inception (1988)
  • BattleTech: The Crescent Hawk’s Revenge (1990)
  • Blade Runner (1997, computer game film adaptation)
  • Circuit’s Edge (1990, adaptation of George Alec Effinger’s novel When Gravity Fails)
  • Command & Conquer series (1995–2002, up to Command & Conquer: Yuri’s Revenge and Command & Conquer: Renegade)
  • DragonStrike (1990)
  • Dune series (1992, 1998, 2001, based on David Lynch’s 1984 movie Dune)
  • Dungeons & Dragons: Warriors of the Eternal Sun (1992)
  • Earth & Beyond (2002)
  • Eye of the Beholder series (1990, 1991, minus Assault on Myth Drannor)
  • Lands of Lore series (1993–1999)
  • The Legend of Kyrandia series (1992, 1993, 1994)
  • The Lion King (1994)
  • Monopoly (1995)
  • Nox (2000)
  • Pirates: The Legend of Black Kat (2002)
  • Resident Evil (1996, Windows port, uncredited)
  • Young Merlin (1994)

EA Los Angeles/EALA (2002–2010)

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Founded in 1995 as DreamWorks Interactive. In February 2000, Electronic Arts acquired DreamWorks Interactive and the studio became Electronic Arts Los Angeles.

EA Los Angeles (also known as EALA) was formed by the fusion of three EA studios: EALA (DreamWorks version), Westwood Studios, and EA Pacific (formally Westwood Pacific). EALA continues to drive innovation in game technology and design by employing a first-class creative staff of game and film industry talent. EALA currently develops and produces games for the PC, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 and Nintendo Wii. In January 2004, EALA relocated to a new, custom-designed West Los Angeles campus, which can house an additional 650+ development experts and creative artists.

Games Developed

  • PC
    Command & Conquer 4: Tiberian Twilight
    Command & Conquer 3 (Deluxe Edition)
    Command & Conquer 3 (Limited Collection)
    Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars
    Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars Kane Edition
    Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
    Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour
    Command & Conquer Renegade 2 (Cancelled)
    Command & Conquer Saga
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Premier Edition
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Uprising
    Command & Conquer: The First Decade
    Medal of Honor 2 (as Danger Close Games)
    Medal of Honor (as Danger Close Games)
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Platinum Edition
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead
    Medal of Honor: Allied Assault Spearhead (demo)
    Medal of Honor: Pacific Assault
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth (DVD-ROM Edition)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth Anthology
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II (Collector’s Edition)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II – The Rise of the Witch-king
  • Macintosh
    Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars
    Command & Conquer Generals Zero Hour
  • Xbox 360
    Command & Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars
    Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3
    Electronic Arts / Steven Spielberg Project #1
    Medal of Honor 2 (as Danger Close Games)
    Medal of Honor (as Danger Close Games)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Battle for Middle-Earth II
  • Xbox
    GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
    Medal of Honor European Assault
    Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
  • PlayStation 3
    Command & Conquer: Red Alert 3 Ultimate Edition
    Medal of Honor 2 (as Danger Close Games)
    Medal of Honor (as Danger Close Games)
    Medal of Honor: Airborne
  • PlayStation 2
    GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
    Medal of Honor European Assault
    Medal of Honor Vanguard
    Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
  • Wii
    Boom Blox
    Medal of Honor Vanguard
    Smarty Pants
  • GameCube
    GoldenEye: Rogue Agent
    Medal of Honor European Assault
    Medal of Honor: Rising Sun
  • Cancelled Games
    Tiberium (Xbox 360/PlayStation 3/PC)

BreakAway Games (2008)

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BreakAway Games is a video game developer based in Hunt Valley, Maryland, United States, established in 1998. Their executive staff is composed of several veterans from companies such as MicroProse, Origin Systems, Atari and Acclaim Entertainment. Primary development of Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath was outsourced to BreakAway Games.

Games Developed

  • PC
    Sid Meier’s Antietam! (1998)
    Cleopatra: Queen of the Nile for Pharaoh
    Waterloo: Napoleon’s Last Battle (2001)
    Austerlitz: Napoleon’s Greatest Victory
    Tropico: Paradise Island
    Emperor: Rise of the Middle Kingdom (2002)
    Civilization III: Conquests
    The Battle for Middle Earth: The Rise of the Witch King (2006)
    Command & Conquer 3: Kane’s Wrath (2008)

Victory Games (2010–2013)

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Victory Games is a video game developer founded in 2010. After EA Los Angeles started up their new internal group, Danger Close, and switched it’s focus to the Medal of Honor series, EA launched a new studio named Victory Games to continue the Command & Conquer franchise. Its under the leadership of general manager Jon Van Caneghem formerly of Trion Worlds. In December 2011, EA integrated Victory Games into the BioWare label and renamed the studio to BioWare Victory. The BioWare label was then dropped in November 2012 and the studio name reverted to Victory Games. In late October 2013, after a short alpha period, the new Command & Conquer was cancelled, and Victory Games was closed by EA.

Games Developed

  • PC
    Command & Conquer (2013)

EA Phenomic (2011–2013)

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EA Phenomic is a real-time strategy video game developer, headquartered in Ingelheim, Germany, and founded as Phenomic Game Development in 1997. They were acquired by Electronic Arts on August 23, 2006. By July 2013, EA announced the closure of the Phenomic studio.

Games Developed

  • SpellForce series (2004 – 2007)
  • BattleForge (2009)
  • Lord of Ultima (2010)
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances (2011)

Easy Studios (2013–2015)

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Founded in 2008 and located in Stockholm, Sweden, Easy is a successful new studio focused on free online games. Part of EA, one of the world’s biggest video-game publishers. Founded by several game and web industry veterans, Easy have around 70 staff, who built and operate the game services Battlefield Heroes and Battlefield Play4Free. As of the middle of 2013 Easy Studios took over development of Tiberium Alliances.

Games Developed

  • Battlefield Heroes
  • Battlefield Play4Free
  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances (2013–2015)

Envision Entertainment (2015–Present)

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Envision Entertainment is a new development studio in Ingelheim, Germany, led by veteran leadership with proven expertise in Free-to-Play online games. Envision Entertainment may be seen as the rebirth of Phenomic Game Development (later: EA Phenomic) since the 25-strong workforce consists mainly of ex-Phenomic employees. Phenomic was responsible for critically acclaimed games like SpellForce, BattleForge, Lord of Ultima and C&C: Tiberium Alliances. In April 2015, Envision Entertainment took over as the developer of Tiberium Alliances.

Games Developed

  • Command & Conquer: Tiberium Alliances
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