Founded in 1992, Rebellion is one of Europe’s leading independent game developers and comic book publishers. The studio’s flagship Sniper Elite games series leads the way for authentic stealth and sniping gameplay with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Sniper Elite 4 was released this month!
Founded in 1992, Rebellion is one of Europe’s leading independent game developers and comic book publishers. The studio’s flagship Sniper Elite games series leads the way for authentic stealth and sniping gameplay with more than 10 million units sold worldwide. Whether it’s the breathtaking intensity of Sniper Elite 3, the face-hugging terror of Aliens vs. Predator or the grindhouse frenzy of Zombie Army Trilogy, the Oxford-based studio is known for creating stand-out games that thrill players.
THE FORMATIVE YEARS
Rebellion’s reputation was firmly established with Alien vs Predator in 1994. With ambitious design, strategic gameplay and a haunting atmosphere, it’s widely regarded as one of the Atari Jaguar’s best games. Rather than just living off a license, AvP added considerable value to it. Rebellion continues to apply that ambition to every licensed game it works on. Five years later the studio won acclaim again with Aliens vs Predator, described by GamePro as “the most frightening game since Half-Life.”
Rebellion showed an eye for genre-leading IP – and a canny sense of timing – by purchasing 2000 AD in 2000. The cult comic thrived under new owners, with weekly issues continuing to showcase some of the most exciting talent in the comics industry, and 2000 AD remains widely regarded as the cutting edge powerhouse of British comics. Rebellion also created games featuring 2000 AD’s most popular series, such as Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death and Rogue Trooper. The latter was recognized by BAFTA, earning award nominations for Best Character and Best Screenplay.
In 2006, Rebellion again broadened its horizons by launching Abaddon Books, a publishing arm with a focus on sci-fi and fantasy work. The acquisition of Solaris Books further strengthened Rebellion’s portfolio, and the two imprints boast a truly substantial body of award-winning fiction. .
All the while, Rebellion maintained its focus on making great games. 2005’s Sniper Elite showed the studio could work its magic with original properties too, and its authentic mechanics saw it lauded as “The Gran Turismo of war games.”
Rebellion continued lending its expertise to major properties. Its portfolio brimmed with big names, including the hilarious The Simpsons Game and the all-action multiplayer of Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron and Elite Squadron. The new Aliens vs. Predator of 2010 became the UK’s fastest selling game of the year, and a No. 1 hit for Sega.
Crucially, 2012 also saw Rebellion bring back the Sniper Elite series with a bang. Co-published with 505 Games, Sniper Elite V2 quickly became one of the studio’s biggest ever titles. It quickly topped pre-order charts for almost all major retailers and territories, and went on to earn millions of sales.
Even more impressively, the release of Dredd 3D at cinema – co-produced by company founders Jason and Chris Kingsley – meant Rebellion had number one film and game properties in the same year, a rare feat indeed.
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