Rebellion Acquires The Bitmap Brothers

Rebellion announces they've acquired The Bitmap Brothers, saying the deal covers the company's brand and portfolio. This includes games from the 80s and 90s, including Xenon, Z: Steel Soldiers, Speedball, and Chaos Engine, and they say they will bring some of these classics to new platforms and will create new games based on the properties. Here's word:
We’re proud to announce Rebellion’s 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, we 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 1990s.
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Wish they would reboot Z, that game had attitude and personality.
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I remember when Z came out. It just didn't grab me the way other games at the time did: AoE, WC2, C&C, and of course, Total Annihilation.
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The Chaos Engine on steam is total shit; I also had an amiga 500+ // made it a plus by re-soldering lines to the whole 1 meg of ram lol. The Chaos Engine & Dune 2 were the bomb back in the late 80's early 90's on that ting. it's long gone in some landfill. i&i be 57 this year... time it flies
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Nov 25, 2019, 17:53
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Ahhh...
Speedball 1 and 2. Spent many an hour playing those 2.
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Speedball in the vein of Rocket League is probably what needs to happen. That would be so fucking cool if done well (Multiple players per side, the football manager lite shit from SB2) I don't think a 2d version will ever work out again, it sure hasn't so far. The top down sports game is a lost art outside of Videoball perhaps, which was minimalist but at least had the feel right which. Though come to think of it maybe some indie devs from this generation who have nailed the 2d feel as you remember it, not as the trash that it was (The Hollow Knight and similar devs for example) could make a go of it? But then nobody would buy it unless on switch because it would seem to insult our thousand dollar videocards.

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Reactor wrote on Nov 25, 2019, 10:42:
Speedball 1 and 2 were masterpieces (especially 2) and Xenon 2 Megablast had the best music of any game at the time. So many great Amiga gaming memories.

I hope to see a Xenon 3 sometime, I absolutely LOVED Xenon 2.
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I just recently got an Amiga 500+ and have been playing through the treasure trove of Bitmap Brothers games from the late 80's-90's. Hopefully this doesn't result in an IP claiming rampage. The Amiga community is one of the best communities out there, but they regularly get screwed by this crap.
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Here's hoping they do a better port of the original Z compared to the one that is on steam right now as that is missing quite a few features.

I still have my original boxed copies of Z95 (basically Z & Z Expansion Kit) & Z: Steel Soldiers. And getting the first one to run in modern day windows is an absolute chore to say the least.
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Here's hoping they do something good with Speedball, but I doubt they will. The last few attempts have not gone well.

I've always thought something in the vein of FIFA would be the way to go.

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Nov 25, 2019, 11:14
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Sometimes I catch myself "singing" the main song from Magic Pockets.
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Nov 25, 2019, 11:05
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I had The Chaos Engine, but don't remember playing more than 2 or 3 times. I think I bought it so I could play with a buddy, and that just hardly happened for that game.

Anyway, this is kind of cool, but I'm waiting for someone to acquire the BitBoys and finally release Glaze3D. Actually, I think NVIDIA did acquire them... where's my Glaze3D?!
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The Bitmap Brothers were fucking awesome. I briefly assumed when I read the title of the article that they were still around, but I guess just the portfolio got acquired. Speedball 2 was amazing. Would love to see that return with modern touches.
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Man, I still remember my Chaos Engine password... I failed one level so many times it got burned into my brain

Speedball 1 and 2 were masterpieces (especially 2) and Xenon 2 Megablast had the best music of any game at the time. So many great Amiga gaming memories.

Here's to hoping Rebellion do justice to their name.
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