Oxford, November 25th, 2019 – Rebellion, one of Europe’s largest independent creative studios, is proud to announce its acquisition of the iconic The Bitmap Brothers brand and portfolio.
Described as “Gaming’s first rockstars,” The Bitmap Brothers were responsible for what many regard as some of the stand-out games of the late 80s and early 90s, including titles such as Xenon, Z: Steel Soldiers, Speedball and Chaos Engine. Rebellion plans to bring classic The Bitmap Brothers games to new platforms, and going forward to create new titles based on its beloved licenses.
The news comes as the UK’s National Videogame Museum unveiled its new UK Collection which launches with a focus on Rebellion, recognizing the studio’s achievements across multimedia, spanning more than a quarter of a century. This will lead to Rebellion being featured in the first Great British Studios exhibition, launching at a future date in the museum.
“We’re delighted with the addition of The Bitmap Brothers to the ever-growing Rebellion portfolio,” said Rebellion CEO and co-founder Jason Kingsley OBE. “The Bitmap Brothers are renowned for making great games and for bringing gaming into the mainstream with inimitable style. We’ve known Mike Montgomery for many years and we’re honoured by the faith and trust that he has shown in us by passing on the torch. We’ll strive to be vigilant custodians of one of gaming’s great names.” To celebrate today’s announcement, Rebellion have unveiled a special photo featuring company co-founders Jason and Chris Kingsley OBE and The Bitmap Brothers co-founder Mike Montgomery, harking back to the classic images of The Bitmap Brothers that gained mainstream attention in the 90s.
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Founded in 1992,
Rebellion is one of Europe’s biggest independent multimedia studios. Its
flagship Sniper Elite series is renowned for its authentic stealth and sniping
gameplay with more than 20 million players worldwide. 2000 AD is synonymous
with the absolute finest in British comic book art. With the acquisition of a
$100m film studio and the world’s largest archive of English language comics,
Rebellion continues to grow from strength to strength.
Rebellion now operates across books, comics, TV and film, but at its core it’s still a leading developer and publisher of games. Whether it’s the breathtaking intensity of Sniper Elite 4, the face-hugging terror of Aliens vs. Predator or the grindhouse frenzy of the Zombie Army series, the Oxford-based studio is revered for creating stand-out games designed to thrill.
About the National Videogame Museum The NVM is a charity that educates the public about the art, science, history and technology of videogames. The NVM celebrates the videogame medium and allows the public to play most of its exhibits, which includes games consoles, arcade machines and other interactive experiences, including games designed exclusively for the Museum. The Museum displays the UK’s only permanently accessible collection of over 100 videogames as well as a large collection of game memorabilia and ephemera. The Museum is currently launching the UK Collection, that will culminate in a series of exhibitions based around Great British Studios. The Museum has welcomed over 120,000 visitors, including hundreds of school visits, since it opened in