Crucible gets Westwood co-founder as its new boss

    
16

Hands up: Any Massively OP readers play the crap out of Command & Conquer back in the day? In the ’90s, Westwood Studios was a legend for that series (and how awesome was Red Alert? Here’s the Hell March theme for your Thursday listening pleasure) before the studio was purchased by EA and shuttered.

Well, one of the co-founders of Westwood, Louis Castle, is being given another chance at widespread glory. Castle was recently hired by Amazon Game Studios Seattle to head up the company’s sci-fi multiplayer title Crucible.

Castle told Games Industry that he’s thrilled to get to work on a brand-new IP: “I don’t know too many game developers who would prefer to pursue licensed IP over the chance to create something. The new IP problem space is wide open and the possibilities are endless. I’ve personally had about equal amounts of success in both adapting and building IP.”

Crucible is one of three initial online titles that the new Amazon Game Studios is developing, in addition to Breakaway and the sandbox MMO New World. Former EverQuest creator John Smedley was recently tapped by the company to head up his own studio branch in San Diego working on another undisclosed project.

newest oldest most liked
Subscribe to:
Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
Adam Babloyan

Did somebody say Red Alert?

Cyclone Jack
Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Cyclone Jack

“and how awesome was Red Alert? ” It was abysmal. The only thing it had that was not horrible was the Hell March song. The original C&C was literally infinitely better in every way.

That said, early Westwood did have some damn good games.

Reader
Erithe Blightchaser

If the nostalgia has hit you right now you can play the original red alert for freesies.. and it’s still getting updated
http://www.openra.net/

Reader
rafael12104

Ah, Lands of Lore. A great game. And, Command Conquer especially pre-Red Alert. So much fun and the defining standard of RTS.

I remember Louise Castle. Not that I know the man personally, but I remember the name and of course Westwood Studios. A shining light until consolidation and profiteering became the norm.

But, I digress.

It seems to me that Amazon is amassing quite a talent pool there. Some who may be thought old and maybe past their prime, but nonetheless stars that know what good gaming was and should be again.

Kudos Amazon! Let’s hope this turns into Camelot and not just another profit center destined to be downsized.

Reader
Stropp

As an old fart myself, it heartens me to see older devs being picked up by Amazon. It’s good they recognise the value in experience and not just the ability to work for 167 hours a week.

Reader
Castagere Shaikura

Yeah this guy sold Westwood to ea and didn’t bother telling his staff. It seems like Amazon is just hiring anyone with a name to increase hype for the company.

PurpleCopper
Reader
PurpleCopper

Is Westwood all it’s cracked up to be? Sure they made Dune 2 which was influential to the RTS genre. And sure the C&C series were fun. But that was a long time ago.

I don’t think they have it in them anymore to produce fantastic games. Look all those ex-Westwood staff members who made up Petroglyph, most of their games are meh.

Reader
rafael12104

Dune 2! Yes, that was theirs too. A great game.

Reader
Stropp

IIRC, the C&C series didn’t start going downhill until they went to EA, and even then the games were still fun. At least I thought so.

Westwood games were eagerly anticipated, had solid gaming, and character. It was certainly all it was cracked up to be.

Reader
StonerMk2

Yeah im not sure what really happened to Petro…their first few games were fantastic and then after that they quickly went downhill fast. But tbh ill still buy anything from Petro because they are/were ex-Westwood guys/gals who pretty much began my love for video games with C&C in 1995 lol. Ive played every C&C to date…even that shit stain C&C 4….hate how they ended my favorite game series…

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
TomTurtle

I knew Westwood Studios for Lands of Lore 3, which I’ve replayed several times over the years. Many considered it to be trash, but I really enjoy it despite the jankiness. >.>

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Tandor

The Lands of Lore series was superb, they were generally highly rated as I recall. As soon as I saw the name “Westwood” here I immediately thought “Lands of Lore”!

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
TomTurtle

The first two were. The third, not so much. It changed up a lot of what people liked about the series and had a troubled development.
I never played the first two though so I had no context going in. By itself, I think it was quite fun, and I greatly enjoyed the RPG mechanics.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Loyal Patron
Tobasco da Gama

There were lots of reasons to love Westwood before it was consumed by the Borg.

Personally, I’m really grumpy that there’s no HD remaster of their Blade Runner video game.

Reader
Kickstarter Donor
Loyal Patron
Tobasco da Gama

Apropos of nothing:

I was learning Latin in high school at the same time I was really into Red Alert. So, even though I knew for a fact that the audio clip in “Hell March” is Russian parade drill commands, I will always, always hear it as “hic, haec, hoc” instead.

Reader
Loyal Patron
Patreon Donor
Kickstarter Donor
johnwillo

Little would frighten me more than the sound of Russian troops declining Latin pronouns. If they’d do that, they could do anything!