Rebellion Developments

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Rebellion Developments Limited
Private
Industry Video game industry
Genre Video games, comics and books
Founded 4 December 1992; 25 years ago (1992-12-04)
Founder
Headquarters ,
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Jason Kingsley (CEO)
  • Chris Kingsley (CTO)
Products
Owner The Kingsley brothers[1]
Number of employees
300[2] (2018)
Subsidiaries
Website rebellion.com

Rebellion Developments Limited is a British video game developer based in Oxford, England, known for its Sniper Elite series and multiple games in the Alien vs. Predator series. Rebellion has published comic books since the year 2000, in which it purchased 2000 AD (publisher of characters such as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper). The company launched its own book imprint, Abaddon Books, in 2006.

History

In 1992, brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley founded Rebellion.[3] The pair had just finished academic degrees at the University of Oxford, and had ambitions of starting doctorates.[3] In their spare time, they did freelance work in the games industry.[3] When their freelance jobs roles began to expand and they were taking on more management responsibilities, they decided to establish Rebellion in Oxford.[3] The foundation of the studio was laid when the brothers secured a deal with video game publisher Atari UK.[3] They presented a 3D dragon flight game demo to directors at the publisher, who were seeking games for the upcoming Atari Jaguar system.[3] They were commissioned by Atari to work on two titles for the Jaguar, Checkered Flag and Alien vs Predator, which both released in 1994.[3] The development team was expanded to assist with work on these games. It included artists Stuart Wilson, Toby Banfield, and Justin Rae and programmers Mike Beaton, Rob Dibley, and Andrew Whittaker.[4] Following Alien vs Predator, Rebellion saw no releases for some years, with their next project, the intentionally light-hearted PC game Mr. Tank,[5] going unpublished.

In June 2000, they bought the comic 2000 AD from Fleetway,[6] and have since developed several characters from the comic for the games market. The first commercial release, Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death was mildly successful. A second game was released in 2006 based on Rogue Trooper. Its 2005 game Sniper Elite was awarded "Best PC/Console Game" in the TIGA Awards of 2005.[7]

In 2004, Rebellion entered a deal with DC Comics to reprint several 2000 AD stories in trade paperback form, including Judge Dredd, Strontium Dog, Nikolai Dante, and Sinister Dexter. When DC left the venture, citing poor sales, Rebellion created its own line of American graphic novels, distributed through Simon & Schuster. In 2005 Rebellion also created the Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files series, which has begun reprinting almost every appearance of Judge Dredd in chronological order.

In 2006, following the demise of Elixir Studios, Rebellion purchased all IP related to the studio, including Evil Genius and Republic: The Revolution.[8] Later, in 2009, Jason Kingsley confirmed rights ownership of former Vivendi franchises sold before merging with Activision in 2008, as well as the intention of making new sequels of those and Elixir Studios games.[9]

In 2006, Rebellion purchased Tomb Raider developers Core Design from Eidos Interactive, as well as Strangelite from Empire Interactive, making the company the largest independent European development studio. Rebellion launched their novel imprint Abaddon Books and made a number of publishing purchases. These included buying Clickwheel, which was used to digitally published 2000 AD,[10] with archives[11] and an online iPhone comic reading application[12] launched later. Rebellion was awarded the Develop Industry Excellence Award 2006 for Most Improved Studio.[13]

In August 2008, Blackfish Publishing, publisher of Death Ray magazine, announced it had been bought by Rebellion.[14] In September 2008, Rebellion acquired Mongoose Publishing,[15] who had previously published games like The Judge Dredd Roleplaying Game.

In 2009, Rebellion's Rogue Warrior game received poor reviews but notable titles have included Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron for the PlayStation Portable. In 2010, they developed the latest Aliens vs. Predator game, published by Sega, which received a mixed critical reception, but debuted at number one on the UK all formats chart.[16] As of June 2011, it is the fastest-selling game of 2010 in the UK, a record previously held by BioShock 2;[17] it was also the best-selling game on Steam, as well as on the retail PC charts.[18] Along with developing the title's characters for video games, Rebellion continues to publish 2000 AD as well as its sister title the Judge Dredd Megazine.

In June 2009, it was announced[19] that Rebellion had acquired the role-playing and board games publisher Cubicle 7. In September 2009, Rebellion acquired Solaris Books from Games Workshop.[20]

Two games from Rebellion released in 2012: NeverDead, published by Konami and directed by Shinta Nojiri (who was involved in the development of the Metal Gear Solid series of games), and Sniper Elite V2, which is being co-published with 505 Games. In July 2013, Rebellion bought the Battlezone and the Moonbase Commander franchises from the Atari bankruptcy proceedings.[21]

In 2014, a sequel to Sniper Elite V2, Sniper Elite III was released.

In September 2015, Rebellion announced that the Sniper Elite series had passed 10 million copies sold worldwide and also celebrated its 10th anniversary in that year.[22]

In August 2016, Rebellion acquired the post-1970 IPC Youth and Fleetway comics libraries from Egmont.[23][24] In that year it began to reprint the acquired stories under its new imprint Treasury of British Comics.

In January 2018, Rebellion acquired Radiant Worlds for an undisclosed sum. Radiant Worlds will be rebranded Rebellion Warwick. It joins Rebellion Liverpool and the firm's HQ in Oxford.[25]

In November 2018, Rebellion will set up a studio for Film and TV series based on 2000 AD characters with Judge Dredd: Mega-City One and Rogue Trooper, and announced that Duncan Jones direct the projects.[26] The new company, Rebellion Studios, will occupy a disused newpaper factory in Didcot, England.[26]

Subsidiaries

Active

Defunct

Games developed

Year Title Platform(s)
1993 Eye of the Storm Amiga, DOS
1994 Alien vs Predator Atari Jaguar
Checkered Flag Atari Jaguar
1998 Klustar Game Boy, Game Boy Advance
1999 Aliens versus Predator Mac OS, Windows
Mission Impossible Game Boy Color
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six PlayStation
2000 The Mummy PlayStation, Windows
Asterix: Search for Dogmatix Game Boy Color
Gunlok Windows
Largo Winch PlayStation
Skyhammer Atari Jaguar
2001 Snood Game Boy Advance
Midnight Club: Street Racing Game Boy Advance
Gunfighter: The Legend of Jesse James PlayStation
2002 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf PlayStation
Delta Force: Urban Warfare PlayStation
Medal of Honor: Underground Game Boy Advance
Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf Game Boy Advance
2003 Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox
Gunfighter II: Revenge of Jesse James PlayStation 2
2004 World War Zero: Iron Storm PlayStation 2, Windows
2005 Sniper Elite PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, Xbox
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down PlayStation 2, Windows
2006 007: From Russia with Love PlayStation Portable
Dead to Rights: Reckoning PlayStation Portable
Gun: Showdown PlayStation Portable
Rogue Trooper PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, Xbox
Miami Vice: The Game PlayStation Portable
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down – Team Sabre PlayStation 2, Windows
2007 Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron PlayStation Portable
Free Running Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Windows
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix PlayStation Portable
Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem PlayStation Portable
The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
2008 Call of Duty: World at War – Final Fronts PlayStation 2
2009 Shellshock 2: Blood Trails PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
PDC World Championship Darts 2009 Wii
Rogue Warrior PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron PlayStation Portable
2010 Aliens vs Predator PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
PDC World Championship Darts: ProTour PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
Evil Genius: WMD Facebook Platform
2011 Judge Dredd vs. Zombies Android, iOS, Windows Phone
2012 NeverDead PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Sniper Elite V2 PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
Zombie HQ Android, iOS
Sinbad iOS
Guns 4 Hire Android, iOS, Windows Phone
2013 Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Windows
Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2
2014 Sniper Elite III PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Zombie Army Trilogy PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Evil Genius Online Facebook Platform, iOS, Android
2017 Sniper Elite 4 PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
Battlezone[36] PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
2018 Strange Brigade PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
2018 Arca's Path PlayStation 4, Windows
TBA Evil Genius 2[37] TBA
Cancelled Legions of the Undead[38] Atari Jaguar

Games published

These games were originally developed and/or published by other companies, but were subsequently acquired and re-published by Rebellion:

References

  1. ^ "A story of Rebellion – Inside Oxford's fiercely independent video game studio". The Telegraph. Retrieved 2018-03-31.
  2. ^ https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-01-08-rebellion-buys-radiant-worlds
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "25 years of Rebellion". GamesTM. No. 196. 25 January 2018. pp. 100–105. ISSN 1478-5889.
  4. ^ "Making the Jaguar Roar". GamePro. No. 69. IDG. June 1994. pp. 20–21.
  5. ^ "NG Alphas: Mr. Tank". Next Generation. No. 24. Imagine Media. December 1996. pp. 167–8.
  6. ^ "Rebellion corporate history". Archived from the original on 9 July 2007.
  7. ^ "Rebellion picks up Tiga's game of the year award". Gamesindustry.biz. 16 December 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  8. ^ Alex (2 March 2006). "Rebellion - Bought EG Rights!". Evil Genius Chat. Jonathan Mayer and Mark Sowash. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  9. ^ John Callaham (14 July 2009). "Exclusive: Rebellion CEO reveals plans for new entries in former Vivendi Games series". Big Download. AOL Games. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  10. ^ 2000AD Goes Digital: Taking Brit Comics Online, Newsarama, 17 December 2007.
  11. ^ Rebellion, Clickwheel Post 2007 2000AD Archive Online Archived 8 December 2008 at the Wayback Machine., Newsarama, 15 February 2008.
  12. ^ SDCC '08 - Clickwheel Unveils Comics Reader, Newsarama, 30 July 2008.
  13. ^ "Develop Magazine Studio Profile".
  14. ^ All change at Blackfish Archived 25 February 2009 at the Wayback Machine., 18 August 2008.
  15. ^ Mongoose Joins Rebellion, ICv2, 2 September 2008
  16. ^ "News - Aliens Vs. Predator Tops BioShock 2 In UK". Gamasutra. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  17. ^ Batchelor, James. "UK CHARTS: Aliens vs Predator takes No.1 | Games Industry | MCV". Mcvuk.com. Retrieved 20 July 2011.
  18. ^ "Best-selling PC download games of the week: 'Aliens vs Predator' tops charts". The Independent. London. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010.
  19. ^ "Cubicle 7 Joins Rebellion Group" Archived 24 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine., 2 June 2009
  20. ^ "Rebellion acquires Solaris imprint", The Book Seller, 3 September 2009
  21. ^ Lee, Aaron (22 July 2013). "Wargaming and Rebellion claim Atari IPs | Latest news from the game development industry | Develop". Develop-online.net. Retrieved 15 May 2014.
  22. ^ "Sniper Elite Series Sells 10 Million". Gamespot. Retrieved 7 October 2015.
  23. ^ Bunge, Nicole. "REBELLION ACQUIRES FLEETWAY AND IPC YOUTH GROUP ARCHIVES". ICv2. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  24. ^ Johnston, Rich. "Rebellion Buys Fleetway Archive – Roy Of The Rovers, Oink, Tammy, Battle, Whizzer And Chips And More". Bleeding Cool. Retrieved 4 November 2016.
  25. ^ http://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-01-08-rebellion-buys-radiant-worlds
  26. ^ a b c Stewart Clarke (November 24, 2018). "Judge Dredd Owner Rebellion Sets Up $100 Million U.K. Film and TV Studio (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved November 24, 2018.
  27. ^ https://www.gamasutra.com/view/news/92682/Rebellion_Acquires_AudioMotion.php
  28. ^ Rebellion_Acquires_Strangelite_From_Empire.php
  29. ^ https://www.mcvuk.com/business/even-an-additional-70-people-doesnt-go-very-far-says-rebellions-jason-kings
  30. ^ https://www.rollingstone.com/glixel/news/judge-dredd-coming-to-tv-with-help-from-sniper-elite-studio-w481731
  31. ^ a b c d https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-05-11-kingsleys-unleash-ire-of-independent-author-community-with-rebellion-trademark
  32. ^ Rebellion_Acquires_Ignitions_Mercury_Dev.php
  33. ^ http://www.ign.com/articles/2006/06/16/rebellion-buys-core-design
  34. ^ https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/rebellion-confirms-derby-closure-cuts-at-oxford-studio
  35. ^ https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/rebellion-acquires-razorworks
  36. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (16 June 2015). "Rebellion revives Battlezone for virtual reality headsets". Eurogamer. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  37. ^ Saed, Sharif (4 July 2017). "Evil Genius 2 is finally happening at Rebellion". VG247. Retrieved 4 July 2017.
  38. ^ "Trailers - Jaguar - Doom meets Overlord in Legions of the Undead...er...if that's what it gets called". Ultimate Future Games. No. 1. Future Publishing. December 1994. p. 13.

External links

  • Official website
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