UK publisher and developer Rebellion has announced a brand new acquisition of a classic game studio. Rebellion has announced they’ve bought the brand and the whole Bitmap back catalog. The company has sat a bit idle for a few years after the transition in CD-based games and full 3D visuals left them behind.
The Bitmap Brothers were founded in 1987, and have been behind many different games and brands over the years. The UK studio was behind many different titles like Xenon, Speedball, Gods, and The Chaos Engine. They developed a unique art style and a bunch of followers off of that unique brand. All of htese are now part of the Rebellion library, although it’s unclear which franchises could get a rebirth.
The publisher will be partnering with their new acquisition to deliver some new games, in good news for fans. Speaking on the potential future of the brand and the justification for the buyout, Rebellion’s co-founder Jason Kingsley said:
“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.”
Rebellion are currently working on Zombie Army 4: Dead War, which is currently scheduled for a February release on PC and consoles. The company hasn’t announced any new projects off the back of this purchase, but fans should keep an eye out in the future.