Rebellion Developments

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Rebellion Developments Limited
Private
IndustryVideo game industry
Founded4 December 1992; 26 years ago (1992-12-04)
Founder
Headquarters,
England
Area served
Worldwide
Key people
  • Jason Kingsley (CEO)
  • Chris Kingsley (CTO)
Products
Number of employees
300 (2018)
Subsidiaries
  • Rebellion Liverpool
  • Rebellion North
  • Rebellion Productions
  • Rebellion Publishing
  • Rebellion Warwick
Websiterebellion.com

Rebellion Developments Limited is a British video game developer based in Oxford, England. Founded by Jason and Chris Kingsley in December 1992, the company is best known for its Sniper Elite series and multiple games in the Alien vs. Predator series. Rebellion has published comic books since 2000, when it purchased 2000 AD, the publisher of characters such as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper.

History[edit]

Rebellion was founded on 4 December 1992 by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley in Oxford, England.[1][2] The pair had just finished academic degrees at the University of Oxford, and had ambitions of starting doctorates.[2] In their spare time, they did freelance work in the games industry.[2] When their freelance jobs roles began to expand and they were taking on more management responsibilities, they decided to establish Rebellion in Oxford.[2] The foundation of the studio was laid when the brothers secured a deal with video game publisher Atari UK.[2] They presented a 3D dragon flight game demo to directors at the publisher, who were seeking games for the upcoming Atari Jaguar system.[2] They were commissioned by Atari to work on two titles for the Jaguar, Checkered Flag and Alien vs Predator, which both released in 1994.[2] 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.[3] Following Alien vs Predator, Rebellion saw no releases for some years, with their next project, the intentionally light-hearted PC game Mr. Tank,[4] going unpublished.

In June 2000, they bought the 2000 AD comic series from Fleetway Publications,[5] 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.[6]

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.[7] Later, in 2009, Jason Kingsley confirmed rights ownership of former Vivendi Games franchises sold before merging with Activision in 2008, as well as the intention of making new sequels of those and Elixir Studios games.[8]

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. Rebellion was awarded the Develop Industry Excellence Award 2006 for Most Improved Studio.[9]

In August 2008, Blackfish Publishing, publisher of Death Ray magazine, announced it had been bought by Rebellion.[10] In September 2008, Rebellion acquired Mongoose Publishing, who had previously published games like The Judge Dredd Roleplaying Game.[11]

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.[12] As of June 2011, it is the fastest-selling game of 2010 in the UK, a record previously held by BioShock 2;[13] it was also the best-selling game on Steam, as well as on the retail PC charts.[14] 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 that Rebellion had acquired the role-playing and board games publisher Cubicle 7.[15] Cubicle 7, through chief executive officer Dominic McDowall, performed a management buyout from Rebellion in December 2014.[16] In September 2009, Rebellion acquired Solaris Books from Games Workshop.[17]

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.[18]

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.[19]

In August 2016, Rebellion acquired the post-1970 IPC Youth and Fleetway comics libraries from Egmont.[20][21] It is reprinting these under its Treasury of British Comics imprint, including Roy of the Rovers, Wildcat and One-Eyed Jack.

In January 2018, Rebellion acquired Warwick-based Radiant Worlds for an undisclosed sum. Radiant Worlds was rebranded Rebellion Warwick.[22] With the acquisition, Rebellion's staff count rose to 300 people.[22]

In September 2018, Rebellion acquired TI Media's library of pre-1970 IPC Comics titles.[23]

In November 2018, Rebellion set up a studio for film and TV series based on 2000 AD characters, the first projects being Judge Dredd: Mega-City One and Rogue Trooper, both directed by Duncan Jones.[24] Rebellion Productions, the film production arm founded in 2017, would occupy a disused newspaper factory in Didcot, England.[25]

In January 2019, Rebellion acquired Wakefield-based TickTock Games, which had previously worked with Rebellion on several games, for an undisclosed sum. TickTock Games was rebranded Rebellion North.[26]

Subsidiaries[edit]

Active[edit]

Defunct[edit]

Games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
1993 Eye of the Storm Amiga, MS-DOS
1994 Alien vs Predator Atari Jaguar
Checkered Flag Atari Jaguar
1998 Klustar Game Boy, Game Boy Advance
1999 Aliens versus Predator Classic Mac OS, Microsoft Windows
Mission Impossible Game Boy Color
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six PlayStation
2000 The Mummy Microsoft Windows, PlayStation
Asterix: Search for Dogmatix Game Boy Color
Gunlok Microsoft 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2005 Sniper Elite PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, Xbox
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2006 007: From Russia with Love PlayStation Portable
Dead to Rights: Reckoning PlayStation Portable
Gun: Showdown PlayStation Portable
Rogue Trooper Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2, Wii, Xbox
Miami Vice: The Game PlayStation Portable
Delta Force: Black Hawk Down – Team Sabre Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 2
2007 Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron PlayStation Portable
Free Running Microsoft Windows, Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
PDC World Championship Darts 2009 Wii
Rogue Warrior Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron PlayStation Portable
2010 Aliens vs Predator Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, 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 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, Wii U, Xbox 360
Zombie HQ Android, iOS
Sinbad iOS
Guns 4 Hire Android, iOS, Windows Phone
2013 Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Microsoft Windows
Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 Microsoft Windows
2014 Sniper Elite III Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Zombie Army Trilogy Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Evil Genius Online Android, Facebook Platform, iOS
2017 Sniper Elite 4 Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Battlezone Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
2018 Strange Brigade Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One
Arca's Path VR Microsoft Windows, PlayStation 4
TBA Evil Genius 2 TBA
Cancelled Legions of the Undead Atari Jaguar

Games published[edit]

References[edit]

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  3. ^ "Making the Jaguar Roar". GamePro. No. 69. IDG. June 1994. pp. 20–21.
  4. ^ "NG Alphas: Mr. Tank". Next Generation. No. 24. Imagine Media. December 1996. pp. 167–168.
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  10. ^ "All change at Blackfish!". web.archive.org. 25 February 2009.
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