Rebellion Developments

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Rebellion Developments Ltd.
Industry Video game industry
Genre Video games, comics and books
Founded 1992
  • Jason Kingsley
  • Chris Kingsley
Headquarters Oxford, England, United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
  • Jason Kingsley (CEO)
  • Chris Kingsley (CTO)
  • Kevin Floyer-Lea (PD)
  • Tim Jones (CD)
  • Chris Payton (AD)
Products Sniper Elite series
Number of employees
180 (2016)
Divisions Rebellion Liverpool[1]
Subsidiaries Rebellion Publishing
Abaddon Books
2000 AD
Solaris Books

Rebellion Developments Ltd. (commonly referred to as Rebellion) is an English video game developer based in Oxford, England, known for its Sniper Elite series and multiple games in the Alien vs. Predator series. Rebellion has published comic books since the year 2000, in which it purchased 2000 AD (publisher of characters such as Judge Dredd and Rogue Trooper). The company launched its own book imprint, Abaddon Books, in 2006.


Rebellion was established by brothers Jason and Chris Kingsley in 1991. The team was later expanded to include artists Stuart Wilson, Toby Banfield, and Justin Rae and programmers Mike Beaton, Rob Dibley, and Andrew Whittaker. This expanded team was hired initially in order to work on two Atari Jaguar titles, one of which was the high profile release Alien vs Predator (1994).[2]

In June 2000, they bought the comic 2000 AD from Fleetway,[3] 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.[4]

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.[5] 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.[6]

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 and made a number of publishing purchases. These included buying Clickwheel, which was used to digitally published 2000 AD,[7] with archives[8] and an online iPhone comic reading application[9] launched later. Rebellion was awarded the Develop Industry Excellence Award 2006 for Most Improved Studio.[10]

In August 2008, Blackfish Publishing, publisher of Death Ray magazine, announced it had been bought by Rebellion.[11] In September 2008, Rebellion acquired Mongoose Publishing,[12] who had previously published games like The Judge Dredd Roleplaying Game.

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

Two games from Rebellion are being 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 has now passed 10 million copies sold worldwide and is also celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.[19]

Video game studios[edit]



Rebellion group of companies[edit]

List of video games developed[edit]

Year Title Platform(s)
1993 Eye of the Storm Amiga, DOS
1994 Checkered Flag Atari Jaguar
1994 Alien vs Predator Atari Jaguar
1998 Klustar Game Boy, Game Boy Advance
1999 Aliens versus Predator Mac OS, Windows
1999 Mission Impossible Game Boy Color
1999 The Mummy PlayStation, Windows
1999 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six PlayStation
2000 Asterix: Search for Dogmatix Game Boy Color
2000 Gunlok Windows
2000 Largo Winch PlayStation
2000 Skyhammer Atari Jaguar
2001 Snood Game Boy Advance
2001 Midnight Club: Street Racing Game Boy Advance
2001 Gunfighter: The Legend of Jesse James PlayStation
2002 Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Lone Wolf PlayStation
2002 Delta Force: Urban Warfare PlayStation
2002 Medal of Honor: Underground Game Boy Advance
2002 Tiger Woods PGA Tour Golf Game Boy Advance
2003 Judge Dredd: Dredd vs. Death GameCube, PlayStation 2, Windows, Xbox
2003 Gunfighter II: Revenge of Jesse James PlayStation 2
2004 World War Zero: Iron Storm PlayStation 2, Windows
2005 Sniper Elite PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, Xbox
2005 Delta Force: Black Hawk Down PlayStation 2, Windows
2006 007: From Russia with Love PlayStation Portable
2006 Dead to Rights: Reckoning PlayStation Portable
2006 Gun: Showdown PlayStation Portable
2006 Rogue Trooper PlayStation 2, Wii, Windows, Xbox
2006 Miami Vice: The Game PlayStation Portable
2006 Delta Force: Black Hawk Down – Team Sabre PlayStation 2, Windows
2007 Star Wars Battlefront: Renegade Squadron PlayStation Portable
2007 Free Running Nintendo DS, PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii, Windows
2007 Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix PlayStation Portable
2007 Aliens vs. Predator: Requiem PlayStation Portable
2007 The Simpsons Game PlayStation 2, PlayStation Portable, Wii
2008 Call of Duty: World at War – Final Fronts PlayStation 2
2009 Shellshock 2: Blood Trails PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
2009 PDC World Championship Darts 2009 Wii
2009 Rogue Warrior PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
2009 Star Wars Battlefront: Elite Squadron PlayStation Portable
2010 Aliens vs Predator PlayStation 3, Windows, Xbox 360
2010 PDC World Championship Darts: ProTour PlayStation 3, Wii, Xbox 360
2011 Judge Dredd vs. Zombies Android, iOS, Windows Phone
2012 NeverDead PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
2012 Sniper Elite V2 PlayStation 3, Wii U, Windows, Xbox 360
2012 Zombie HQ Android, iOS
2012 Sinbad iOS
2012 Guns 4 Hire Android, iOS, Windows Phone
2013 Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army Windows
2013 Sniper Elite: Nazi Zombie Army 2 Windows
2014 Sniper Elite III PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox 360, Xbox One
2015 Zombie Army Trilogy PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
2017 Sniper Elite 4 PlayStation 4, Windows, Xbox One
TBA Battlezone[20] PlayStation 4, Windows

List of games published by Rebellion[edit]

These games were originally developed and published by other companies, but were subsequently acquired and re-published by Rebellion:


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  2. ^ "Making the Jaguar Roar". GamePro (59). IDG. June 1994. pp. 20–21. 
  3. ^ "Rebellion corporate history". 
  4. ^ "Rebellion picks up Tiga's game of the year award". 16 December 2005. Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Alex (2 March 2006). "Rebellion - Bought EG Rights!". Evil Genius Chat. Jonathan Mayer and Mark Sowash. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  6. ^ John Callaham (14 July 2009). "Exclusive: Rebellion CEO reveals plans for new entries in former Vivendi Games series". Big Download. AOL Games. Retrieved 10 June 2010. 
  7. ^ 2000AD Goes Digital: Taking Brit Comics Online, Newsarama, 17 December 2007.
  8. ^ Rebellion, Clickwheel Post 2007 2000AD Archive Online, Newsarama, 15 February 2008.
  9. ^ SDCC '08 - Clickwheel Unveils Comics Reader, Newsarama, 30 July 2008.
  10. ^ "Develop Magazine Studio Profile". 
  11. ^ All change at Blackfish, 18 August 2008.
  12. ^ Mongoose Joins Rebellion, ICv2, 2 September 2008
  13. ^ "News - Aliens Vs. Predator Tops BioShock 2 In UK". Gamasutra. 22 February 2010. Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  14. ^ Batchelor, James. "UK CHARTS: Aliens vs Predator takes No.1 | Games Industry | MCV". Retrieved 20 July 2011. 
  15. ^ "Best-selling PC download games of the week: 'Aliens vs Predator' tops charts". The Independent. London. 23 February 2010. Retrieved 23 April 2010. 
  16. ^ "Cubicle 7 Joins Rebellion Group", 2 June 2009
  17. ^ "Rebellion acquires Solaris imprint", The Book Seller, 3 September 2009
  18. ^ Lee, Aaron (22 July 2013). "Wargaming and Rebellion claim Atari IPs | Latest news from the game development industry | Develop". Retrieved 15 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Sniper Elite Series Sells 10 Million". Gamespot. Retrieved 7 October 2015. 
  20. ^ Yin-Poole, Wesley (16 June 2015). "Rebellion revives Battlezone for virtual reality headsets". Eurogamer. Retrieved 16 June 2015. 

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