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
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.