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Friday, May 4, 2001
Westlake Clarifies 'Prototype' Project
8:35 AM | Andy Largent | Comment on this story

The lone unnamed project currently listed at Westlake Interactive's site contains a curious new status listing of "Prototype." Since speculation is usually rampant about any unnamed Westlake projects, this was of particular interest because of the new name. But before rumors about new spy planes began forming, Westlake president Mark Adams provided some clarification on the topic. While he gives away no details about the actual game, he does note it's a doozy:

"Prototype" is just a milestone between Signing and First Playable. It means the game does some stuff (loads some files, maybe displays a bit of interface), but isn't really playable. We do it mostly on projects that are pretty big, where it could take 2-3 months to get from signing to first playable.
So Westlake has a "big" game in the pipeline. This could mean a number of things, from just a very Windows-based game which has a lot of MS-specific code to a game with simply a large scope. If anything, this prototype project is even more intriguing now. Thanks to Mark for his answers. He's also updated their Project Status page with a similar note description of the Prototype.

Have any thoughts on what the Prototype game might be? Head over to our forums and start throwing out some possibilities.

Westlake's Project Status Page
Prototype Project Forum Thread

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