The UK-based computer games super-developer was established in 1992 by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley.
Their first major successes were Alien Vs Predator on the Atari Jaguar in 1995 and Aliens Vs. Predator on PC in 1999, creating game innovations years ahead of their time. And as their name suggests, Rebellion’s approach to game production is focused primarily on cross-platform innovations and product quality.
In recent years, Rebellion’s gaming reputation has soared. During 2005, Sniper Elite™ was released with Namco and MC2, securing critical acclaim, global sales success and winning the TIGA Award for ‘Best PC/Console Game 2005’. Lauded as ‘The Gran Turismo of war games' by the gaming press, it has built upon the collection of Rebellion-owned IPs, which includes World War Zero® and the 2000 AD characters Judge Dredd® and Rogue Trooper®.
In 2006, Rebellion productions included Miami Vice: The Game with Vivendi Games, James Bond: From Russia with Love with EA and to follow up the 2003 launch of Judge Dredd®, Rogue Trooper® was released with Eidos in 2006, winning both critical acclaim and being nominated for two British BAFTA awards for ‘Best Character’ and ‘Best Screenplay’ later that year.
During the summer of 2006 and early 2007, Rebellion purchased the UK based studios Strangelite in Liverpool, Awesome in Banbury - responsible for the Archer Maclean's Mercury series - and Core Design in Derby, responsible for the Lara Croft - Tomb Raider series. These acquisitions established Rebellion as one of the biggest and most innovative studios within the European development community.
2007 proved to be another busy and successful year for Rebellion, with the release of the critically acclaimed Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron with LucasArts and the chart-topping Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix with EA for PSP, as well as a brand new Alien vs. Predator game in the form of Requiem through Sierra. Also released during the year were Free Running through Reef Entertainment and the hugely successful Simpsons Game, again with EA, for Wii, PS2 and PSP.
During 2008 Rebellion continued to expand by acquiring Oxfordshire-based development team Razorworks, whilst the release of Call of Duty: World at War with Activision for the PS2 garnered more chart success. Into 2009 the team are working on a number of exciting projects across all major next-gen platforms, so watch this space closely.
Throughout its 16 years of developing games, Rebellion has branched out into other media, 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, Strontium Dog, ABC Warriors, Halo Jones and over 700 other unique and innovative IPs which are prime material for videogame adaptations.
In addition to comics, Rebellion’s book publishing arm - Abaddon Books - was launched in the summer of 2006. Focusing on Sci-Fi Adventure and Fantasy stories, Abaddon has quickly gained a loyal fan base, growing with each new book release.
It is Rebellion’s aim to produce innovative videogame products of the highest quality, to have solid links with comic, book and movie content to ultimately ensure that the final consumer experience is as exciting as possible.