Westwood Studios Announces Plans to Develop Titles for DVD
Leading CD-ROM game developer embraces next-generation technology by announcing Command & Conquer for DVD
DVD combines new data storage techniques with MPEG2 compression technology to achieve an impressive 4.7 gigabytes of storage capacity on a single-sided DVD, with up to as much as 17 gigabytes on a double-sided, dual-layer DVD.
"The commitment we are making to DVD is significant," said Brett W. Sperry, president & CEO of Westwood Studios. "Very few game companies have announced plans to support DVD, but we know that this is a next-generation technology that we must help nurture. We believe the strength of our titles will be an asset to the fledgling DVD market."
DVD players, equipped with MPEG2 chips, have been available since December 1996. Computer systems with pre-installed DVD drives will be available in early 1997 from Compaq, Hewlett-Packard, Packard Bell, and Gateway 2000. Major manufacturers developing, or planning to manufacture, DVD players include Toshiba, Phillips, and Sony. DVD players will also support current CD-ROM technology.
"DVD affords us the opportunity to greatly enhance the audio-visual content of our products," said Steve Wetherill, vice president of product development at Westwood Studios. "DVD owners can expect to experience much greater visual fidelity, thanks to the new MPEG2 technology, and excellent CD-quality audio due to the greatly increased storage capacity of DVD."
"DVD games will play an important role in developing this new industry," said Ken Jones, director of marketing for Toshiba's DVD products. "Games such as Command & Conquer typically feature high-quality audio and video, which DVD is designed to enhance, making them an ideal showpiece for the technology. We think the improved audio and video performance will actually draw more people to games once they see how realistic they look and sound."
"We're excited to take advantage of what DVD has to offer," said Sperry. "Command & Conquer, our first DVD title, is a perfect choice for the new medium. Not only will it fit on one DVD, but the live action video and rendered sequences will look even more life-like due to the improved technology."
Upon its release last year, Command & Conquer was heralded as a groundbreaking title that revolutionized real-time strategy games. Westwood has released versions for Macintosh, DOS, Windows 95 and Sega Saturn platforms.
Command & Conquer is a real time combat strategy game set in the near future where two major factions, Global Defense Initiative (GDI) and the Brotherhood of NOD, fight for control of the world. The GDI represent the democratic way of life while NOD is a totalitarian regime led by the brilliant, if enigmatic, Kane. Players choose whether to fight as either the GDI or NOD. Each side is equipped with their own specific weapons and technology, making the strategies needed to win different for each side. While each mission has its own objectives, players must coordinate a variety of activities including: base construction, weapons manufacturing, attacking the enemy as well as defending their own base. In between missions, players are treated to exciting cinematic sequences that reveal more of the story, as well as high resolution cut scenes and dramatic moments.
Westwood Studios is a prominent
publisher of best-selling PC, Mac and next-generation console games. Formed
in 1985, Westwood Studios has consistently released popular titles including:
Dune II, the Kyrandia adventure trilogy, Lands of Lore, the Command & Conquer
game series and Monopoly CD-ROM
with Internet capabilities. All of Westwood Studios' title have sold more
than 250,000 units world-wide, with Command & Conquer and
Red Alert selling more than 2.8 million units combined. Westwood has
released versions of Command & Conquer for Sega Saturn, Macintosh, DOS and
Windows 95 platforms, and plans to release a version for Sony PlayStation.
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