Rebellion Developments Ltd.

Moby ID: 1106

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UK-based computer games developer Rebellion was established in 1991 by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley. Since then it has expanded from a two-person outfit in the brothers' shared basement flat to a team of more than fifty programmers, artists and animators, and has moved into a new studio in central Oxford. The team consists mainly of Oxford University graduates, and several PhDs and MScs.

Rebellion has produced such games as the double BAFTA-nominated Aliens Versus Predator for Fox Interactive on the PC in 1999. Their most recent launches have been Sniper Elite: Berlin 1945 (September 2005), winning the TIGA game of the year award, and Rogue Trooper. 2006 saw the launch of 007: From Russia with Love and Miami Vice: The Game, both on PSP.

Throughout the many years of developing games, Rebellion has branched out into other medias, most notably comics. In June 2000 Rebellion purchased the UK's premier sci-fi comic 2000 AD and its entire character portfolio consisting of characters such as Judge Dredd, Rogue Trooper, Strontium Dog, ABC Warriors and over 700 other unique and innovative IP's. In November 2003, Rebellion launched its first 2000 AD character game Judge Dredd: Dredd vs Death. Rogue Trooper was chosen as the second character to join the videogames arena.

In addition to comics, 2006 saw the launch of the Rebellion book publishing arm: Abaddon Books. Focusing on sci-fi/adventure/fantasy stories, Abaddon Books is scheduled to launch its first collection in the summer 2006. Adding to the media mix, Rebellion also produce movies through its Fearnort production house. Fearnort produced the 'alien-style' movie Parasite in 2004. Parasite will soon be joined by a number of projects currently going through pre-production.

Also in 2006, the company acquired the intellectual properties of Elixir Studios.

Fearnort and more recently Abaddon Books are indicative of the overall business approach Rebellion is focused upon since the acquisition of 2000 AD in 2000.

In 2008, Rebellion acquired the following intellectual properties from Activision Blizzard following the latter's merger: Battlezone, Empire Earth, Ground Control and Lords of the Realm/Lords of Magic.

Known subsidiaries

  • Audiomotion Studios (acquired in 2003)
  • Razorworks (acquired in 2008 - absorbed immediately to Oxford studio)
  • Rebellion Derby (acquired in 2006 - closed in 2010 - formerly Core Design)
  • Rebellion Banbury (acquired in 2007 - unknown closure date)
  • Rebellion Film Studios
  • Rebellion North (acquired in 2019 - formerly TickTock Games)
  • Rebellion Liverpool (acquired in 2006 - formerly Strangelite / Rebellion Runcorn)
  • Rebellion Unplugged
  • Rebellion Warwick (acquired in 2018 - formerly Oliver Twins / Radiant Worlds)

Credited on 106 Games from 1993 to 2023

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Sniper Elite 5: France (2022 on Windows, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4...)
Sniper Elite 5: France (Deluxe Edition) (2022 on Windows Apps, Xbox Series, PlayStation 5...)
Sniper Elite 5: France - Season Pass One (2022 on PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One...)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (2022 on Nintendo Switch)
Sniper Elite VR (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Quest)
Evil Genius 2: World Domination (2021 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Evil Genius 2: World Domination - Season Pass (2021 on Windows)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War - Season Pass Two (2020 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Windows)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (2020 on Windows, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4...)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Deluxe Edition) (2020 on PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One...)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War (Super Deluxe Edition) (2020 on Xbox One, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4...)
Zombie Army 4: Dead War - Season Pass One (2020 on PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One...)
Sniper Elite V2: Remastered (2019 on Windows, Windows Apps, PlayStation 4...)
Arca's Path VR (2018 on PlayStation 4, Android, Oculus Go...)
Strange Brigade (2018 on Windows, PlayStation 4, Xbox One...)
Strange Brigade (Collector's Edition) (2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One)
Strange Brigade (Digital Deluxe Edition) (2018 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows...)
Strange Brigade: Season Pass (2018 on PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, Windows...)
Battlezone: Gold Edition (2018 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch...)
Battlezone: Combat Commander (2018 on Windows)

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History +

March 17, 2010

The company confirms to have closed its Derby studio (former Core Design Ltd.), along with cuts at the Oxford studio.

July 2008

The company acquires Razorworks, the former internal development studio at Empire Interactive. The staff of 30 people moves across to Rebellion's own Oxford set-up.

March 2007

The company acquires Ignition Banbury.

June 2006

The company acquires Core Design. The company is renamed to Rebellion Derby, as the name and intellectual properties remained with Eidos Interactive.

March 3, 2006

The company acquires the IP of the defunct developer Elixir Studios.

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Trivia +

In July 2006, the company was awarded "Most Improved Studio of 2006" in The Develop Industry Excellence Awards.

Has twice worked on titles based on Aliens vs Predator (the first for the Jaguar, the second, and more famous title, on the PC)

The company's logo appears to be inspired by Jerzy Janiszewski's Solidarność logo.

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