|Jason and Chris Kingsley|
Rebellion is a British computer games company, based in Oxford, who are most famous for the first Aliens vs. Predator computer game. Since 2000, it also publishes comic books and it launched its own book imprint, Abaddon Books, in 2006.
History[edit | edit source]
Rebellion was established by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley in 1991. Their first known title was Alien Vs. Predator for the Atari Jaguar, which was considered one of the best games for that console.
In June 2000 they bought the comic 2000 AD from Fleetway, 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 and has been very well received.
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 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 elected to continue the line on its own. Rebellion also added the Judge Dredd: The Complete Case Files series, which has begun reprinting almost every Dredd appearance 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. 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
In 2006 Rebellion purchased Tomb Raider developers Core Design from Eidos, 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, with archives and an online iPhone comic reading application launched later. In August 2008, Blackfish Publishing, publisher of Death Ray magazine, announced it had been bought by Rebellion and in September 2008, Rebellion acquired Mongoose Publishing, who had previously published games like The Judge Dredd Role-Playing Game. In June 2009, it was announced that Rebellion had acquired the role-playing and board games publisher Cubicle 7. In September 2009, Rebellion acquired Solaris Books from Games Workshop.
Rebellion group of companies[edit | edit source]
- Rebellion Developments (video game developer)
- Fearnort Production (film production company)
- 2000 AD (comic and trade paperback publishing company)
- Abaddon Books (horror, science fiction and fantasy book publishing company)
- Audiomotion (motion capture company)
- Clickwheel (digital publishing company)
- Blackfish Publishing (magazine publishing company)
- Mongoose Publishing (role-playing, card games and miniature wargaming publishing company)
- Cubicle 7 (role-playing, card and board games publishing company)
- Solaris Books (science fiction and fantasy book publishing company)
List of games developed by Rebellion[edit | edit source]
- Eye of the Storm (1993, Amiga and PC-DOS)
- Checkered Flag (1994, Jaguar)
- Alien vs Predator (1994, Atari Jaguar)
- Klustar (1998, Game Boy)
- Aliens versus Predator (1999, PC)
- Mission Impossible (1999, Game Boy Color)
- The Mummy (1999/2000, PC and PlayStation)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six (1999, PlayStation version)
- Aliens versus Predator Gold (2000, PC)
- Asterix: Search for Dogmatix (2000, Game Boy Color)
- Gunlok (2000, PC)
- Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf (2002, PlayStation version)
- Largo Winch (2000, PlayStation)
- Skyhammer (released 2000, Jaguar)
- Snood (2001, GBA)
- Klustar (2001, GBA)
- Midnight Club: Street Racing (2001, Game Boy Advance version)
- Gunfighter: The Legend of Jesse James (2001, PlayStation)
- Delta Force: Urban Warfare (2002, PlayStation)
- Medal of Honor: Underground (2002, Game Boy Advance)
- Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf (2002, Game Boy Advance)
- Judge Dredd: Dredd Vs. Death (2003, PC, GameCube, PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
- Gunfighter II: Revenge of Jesse James (2003, PlayStation 2)
- Iron Storm (2004, PS2, PC)
- Sniper Elite (2005, PC, PlayStation 2 and Xbox)
- Delta Force: Black Hawk Down (2005, PlayStation 2)
- James Bond: From Russia with Love (2006 PSP)
- Dead to Rights: Reckoning (2006, PSP)
- GUN Showdown (2006, PSP)
- Rogue Trooper (2006, PC, Xbox and PS2, 2009 Wii)
- Miami Vice (2006, PSP)
- Delta Force: Black Hawk Down: Team Sabre (2006, PlayStation 2)
- Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron (2007, PSP)
- Free Running (2007, PlayStation 2, PSP)
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix (2007, PSP)
- The Simpsons Game (2007, PlayStation 2, PSP, Wii)
- Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem (2007, PSP)
- Call of Duty: World at War: Final Fronts (2008, PS2)
- Shellshock 2: Blood Trails (2009, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
- PDC World Championship Darts 2009 (2009 Wii)
- Rogue Warrior (2009, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, PC)
- Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron (2009, PSP)
- Aliens versus Predator Classic 2000 (2010, PC)
- Aliens vs Predator (2010, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- NeverDead (TBA, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)
- Sniper Elite (TBA/2010) Wii)
List of games republished by Rebellion[edit | edit source]
These games were originally developed and published by other companies, but were subsequently acquired and republished by Rebellion:
- Evil Genius (2009, PC). Originally developed by Elixir Studios and published in 2004.
- Republic: The Revolution (2009, PC). Originally developed by Elixir Studios and published in 2003.
- Empire Earth: Gold Edition (2009, PC). Originally developed by Stainless Steel Studios and published in 2001. The expansion pack was released in 2002.
- Ground Control + Expansion (2009, PC). Originally developed by Massive Entertainment and published in 2000.
- Ground Control II: Operation Exodus SE (2009, PC). Originally developed by Massive Entertainment and published in 2004.
- Lords of the Realm: Royal Edition (2009, PC). Originally developed by Impressions Games and published in 1994. This includes Lords of the Realm II published in 1996.
- Lords of the Realm III (2009, PC). Originally developed by Impressions Games and published in 2004.
- Lords of Magic: Special Edition (2009, PC). Originally developed by Impressions Games and published in 1998.
Awards[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
- Rebellion corporate history.
- Alex (2 March 2006). Rebellion - Bought EG Rights!. Evil Genius Chat. Jonathan Mayer and Mark Sowash. Retrieved on 10 June 2010
- John Callaham (14 July 2009). Exclusive: Rebellion CEO reveals plans for new entries in former Vivendi Games series. Big Download. AOL Games. Retrieved on 10 June 2010
- 2000AD Goes Digital: Taking Brit Comics Online, Newsarama, 17 December 2007
- Rebellion, Clickwheel Post 2007 2000AD Archive Online, Newsarama, February 15, 2008
- SDCC '08 - Clickwheel Unveils Comics Reader, Newsarama, July 30, 2008
- All change at Blackfish, August 18, 2008
- Mongoose Joins Rebellion, ICv2, September 2, 2008
- "Cubicle 7 Joins Rebellion Group", June 2, 2009
- "Rebellion acquires Solaris imprint", The Book Seller, September 3, 2009
- Develop Magazine Studio Profile.