Westwood Studios had a significant impact on the real-time strategy genre, setting standards for gameplay mechanics and storytelling that influenced many other games in the genre. The use of live-action video cutscenes became a hallmark of Westwood's games.
In 1998, Westwood Studios was acquired by Electronic Arts (EA), one of the largest video game publishers in the world. Unfortunately, Westwood Studios was eventually closed down by Electronic Arts in 2003, and many of its former employees went on to work on other projects. The closure marked the end of an era in the RTS gaming world.